The two pastors and their families detained at Sudan’s Khartoum airport as they tried to return home following their release from prison are finally back in South Sudan.

Yat Michael and Peter Yen flew to South Sudan’s Juba airport on 19 August from Khartoum. They appeared to be in good health and were welcomed by leaders from their South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. They were taken to an Evangelical church in Hai Jebel, Juba for a thanksgiving service.

“This is a great day for our pastors,” one church member shouted.

Michael and Yen had been on trial for, amongst other things, “spying” before being freed on 5 August. They had already spent almost eight months in prison, but had they been found guilty, they could have faced the death penalty.

Source: Radio Tamazuj, CSW