BREAKING NEWS: Christians Anxious As Guinea's-Bissau's President Is Killed

Monday, March 2, 2009 | Tag Cloud

By Worthy News Chief International Correspondent with reports from Africa

BISSAU,GUINEA-BISSAU (Worthy News) -- Minority Christians and missionaries were among those anxiously looking to the future of Guinea-Bissau Monday, March 2, as officials confirmed that President Joao Bernardo Vieira was killed, hours after the West African nation's armed forces chief died in a bomb blast.

It was not immediately clear whether a coup was under way, but automatic gunfire and heavier explosions were heard in Guinea-Bissau's capital, Bissau early Monday, March 2, before a tense calm returned.

Luis Sanca, security adviser to Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr., confirmed the president's death but gave no details.

Earlier a bomb blast Sunday night, March 1, killed armed forces chief of staff Gen. Batiste Tagme na Waie at his headquarters in the capital Bissau, state radio reported.

News reports said Vieira was killed by soldiers as he tried to flee from his house after he was linked to the death of armed forces chief Tagme Na Waie.

On Sunday, the military immediately shut down private local radio stations after Waie's death, as soldiers began searching for the attackers, media reported.

This was the second attempt to kill the president. Soldiers fired on the home of Guinea-Bissau President Vieira in November in an apparent coup attempt, the Voice of America (VOA) network said. In 2005, former President Vieira was re-elected president pledging to pursue economic development and national reconciliation.

It came at an already difficult moment for minority Christians and missionaries who have been involved in aid programs. The Servants to Missions group said Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest in the world, has a long history of unrest.

It said he had been attempting to spread the Gospel "of hope" with project Jericho aimed at "surrounding the eastern region" of the country, "with God’s Word and His people," and said the predominantly Muslim population was open for Christian aid.

The killing of the president Monday, March 2, couldn't come at a worse moment as the country is struggling to overcome social upheaval, Servants to Missions and other sources suggested.

"Babies are 27 times more likely to die here than in most developed countries while the maternal death rate is 600 times higher," the group said. "The average life expectancy is estimated at 44 years," as besides diseases and a lack of adequate medical facilities, "Malnutrition is of deep concern," the group said.

Christians comprise at least 5 percent of the population, including a tiny evangelical group, with the rest made up of Muslims and followers of indigenous beliefs, according to official estimates. Religious groups can operate, but have to be "licensed" by authorities, the United States State Department said in a recent report.

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2 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: Christians Anxious As Guinea's-Bissau's President Is Killed

  1. Praying!

    "It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not."
    "They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

    Mercy And Grace

    "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
    "Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

    Praise The Name Of Jesus

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

    Dear LORD Turn The Hearts Of The Authorities

    "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." Proverbs 21:1

    And Drench This Parched Land And Her Peoples With Your Salvation

    "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

    In The Name Of Jesus I Pray
    Glory Hallelujah!
    Amen

  2. O Father it seems like the world is falling so fast into the hands of the enemy and he is stealing our rights, killing hope, and destroying the minds of the people. I rebuke you now in the name of Jesus Christ. Father, I pray for this nation right now that You would look upon her with Your mercy. Hold Africa tightly Lord, hold on to her and give her comfort in this hour of darkness. I thank You for a clear vision of truth and not in that of what appears to be. We know that You have not given up on the human race and we know and trust in You that You will not forsake us. Father I pray for the families who have lost a brother, a son a father and a president that You will calm their hearts with Your very presence. O Lord, we thank You that Your arm is not so short that it can not save. We thank You for everlasting and eternal truth. We praise You King of Kings and Lord of lords and in Jesus name I pray.- Amen

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