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Outpouring of support on Facebook, social media for WV staff, work in Sudan

By Elizabeth Hendley and Sevil Omer
Jul 9, 2013
©2012 Mohamad Almahady/World Vision
Malnourished children receive food at a World Vision feeding center in Deriege camp in South Darfur state in 2012. Recent fighting in the region claimed the lives of two WV aid workers.

An outpouring of support has grown online for two World Vision aid workers who were killed in the crossfire in the Darfur region last week.

Ali Ibrahim was killed Thursday after a grenade landed and exploded at the World Vision compound located in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state in the western part of the Sudan. Another humanitarian aid worker, Sabil Mansour, died later, World Vision officials say. It was the worst single incident of violence against World Vision employees since 2010.

Since the news of the deaths, World Vision magazine readers and supporters worldwide poured comments onto social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter supporting the agency. Words of love for the families, remarks of loss and grief, and prayers for healing and comfort popped continuously online.

“They were heroes to me ... . God bless them and their families,” Mila Zaballero-Abesamis posted on World Vision U.S.’s Facebook page.

“My thoughts are with all of you. Your team and family. Sorry to read this from you today,” Candace Alper published from her Twitter account at World Vision Canada.

Daniel Oliva tweeted in Spanish: “Oremos por las familias de las víctimas!” (Pray for the families of the victims!).

“Pray that the violence ends and WV is able to resume,” Lisa Skinner posted on World Vision magazine’s Facebook page.

On World Vision U.S.’s Facebook page, a steady stream of prayers flowed from friends:

“Father, only You can know the why of such events and sorrow,” wrote La Ryeness. “I pray for the families of these missionaries — that You will bring them peace and hope in You. Let not their work for Your kingdom be unrealized. May their lives be a continual living testimony of Your love and who You are. In Jesus' precious name, amen.”

Car Hickman’s prayer: “Lord cover this region under your wings, please give the others there peace of mind and comfort for the families, the people served, and stop the attacks. Lord, enable the Christians there to stand for you as never before. Amen.”

“Holy Father, please protect the servants of Christ and their families doing Your will in Sudan. Amen,” wrote Freddie Mason.

In 2010, eight of World Vision’s humanitarian aid workers died during an attack in Pakistan. World Vision has suspended its operations in South Darfur.

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