Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, issued the following statement in Boone, N.C., on Thursday about Wednesday's bombing attack on the Heiban Bible College in Sudan:
"My staff and I are deeply concerned for the welfare and lives of the people in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan who were terrorized by yesterday’s bombings of the Heiban Bible College. This attack was carried out by Sudanese Air Force planes that dropped eight bombs on the school that Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization I lead, constructed and dedicated in 2007 to train local pastors.
"It was the first day of class for the new school year and the campus was full of students, teachers and teachers' families. It was a miracle that no one was injured or killed. The bombs ignited grass in and around the campus, and we still do not know the full extent of the damage.
"We at Samaritan’s Purse condemn the repeated attacks on the innocent people who are being terrorized in the Nuba Mountains. Many have been forced to flee their homes, and we are committed to helping those in need. My prayer is that the world will not just sit by and watch and hope for the best, but make it clear to the government of Sudan that attacks like these will not be tolerated.
"Samaritan's Purse has supported the Heiban Bible College since it was founded in 2007. The organization constructed classrooms, dormitories, kitchens, a dining room and housing for teachers, and in 2010, Franklin Graham attended and spoke at the ceremony for the first graduating class of 36 students.
"Samaritan's Purse and Franklin Graham have a long history in Sudan, having spent some $100 million to help the Sudanese people. The organization has been working throughout Sudan since 1993, providing hundreds of thousands of people with food, medical aid and vocational training. Samaritan's Purse has also worked to rebuild churches in South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains that were destroyed during the country's civil war.
Since the project began in 2005, Samaritan's Purse has rebuilt 478 churches, many in remote villages, and the project is ongoing. The organization is also providing emergency relief to refugees who have crossed the border into South Sudan to flee the fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States. Since August, tens of thousands of these conflict-affected people have received food, clean water, medical care, temporary shelter, and trauma counseling through Samaritan's Purse projects.
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