By ACNS staff
A Sudanese headmaster has made an urgent appeal for help after armed thugs broke in to his diocesan school and left a security guard for dead.
Mr Logun surveys the damage from the break-in
Philip Gasim Logun plans to erect a permanent wall around Juba Diocesan Model Secondary School after six armed thieves raided the building school in the early hours of 23 June. They brutally assaulted the security guard and then stole all the electrical equipment.
Rebecca Coleman the Archbishop of Sudan’s International Co-ordinator who visited the school on the day the incident took place said Mr Logun was visibly shaken but was determined to prevent it happening again.
“They thieves tied up and gagged the watchman and administered sharp blows with a panga/machete to his arm and head, leaving him for dead,” she said. “Then they proceeded to steal computers, cameras and all the electrical equipment they could find. They turned the safe upside down and shot it open stealing all the school's money before making their escape.
“This is an incredibly unfortunate event, not least because the watchman, Lawrence Orbele, was so severely injured; it is a miracle that he survived. He is now recovering in Juba Teaching Hospital.
“This incident shows that the nature of criminal activity has grown more sinister in Juba, particularly if individuals are willing to steal from a secondary school. It is now of the utmost importance to construct a more permanent fence, ideally a concrete wall to stop such incidents from happening again.”
Mr Logan plans to purchase a block maker, cement, sand and other necessary materials, then to mobilise his students to make their own bricks. They are urgently looking for funds to make this happen as soon as possible and have appealed to anyone across the Communion who could support this project.
For more information, or to donate money or materials please contact Rev. Moses Kose, Diocesan Secretary at email@example.com