A Sudanese Christian 85 miles southeast of Khartoum has succumbed to his injuries after militants from the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces assaulted him, Morning Star News reported.
Personnel from the RSF, which has been fighting the Sudanese Armed Forces since April 15, severely assaulted Karbino Bla in Wad Medani, capital of Al Jazirah state on Jan. 1, following the militants’ takeover of the city on Dec. 18. The motives for the assault were unclear.
Bla, a member of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, died on Jan. 5 as a result of the injuries, area sources said. He is survived by his wife and an infant daughter.
Rights organizations and area residents report the RSF has killed civilians, raped women and girls and looted homes and shops since taking control of the state in December.
In Open Doors’ 2024 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Sudan was ranked No. 8, up from No. 10 the previous year.