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Christians in Sudan Continue to be Persecuted by Government

ICC Note:

Christians living in Sudan continue to be persecuted by the government. Over the Christmas holiday, Christians living in Sudan's southern regions were killed in government air raids. The government of Sudan has been fighting a rebel group found in the southern regions of Sudan, but through indiscriminate bombing raids, has also killed many Christians in the process. Two priests have also been arrested for baptizing a Muslim Background Believer. Is the Sudanese government attempting to erase all forms of Christianity in Sudan?   

1/6/2013 Sudan (GroundReport) - The Sudanese Government has continued its onslaught on the Christian population with the recent killing of Christians during a bomb raid.

This indication is contained in a report by Release International, a United Kingdom (UK) Christian advocate adding that least 11 people were killed in bombing raids on Christian villages in South Kordofan over Christmas.

Quoting Morning Star News and Nuba Reports, it observed that Between December 18 and 26, Sudanese government planes bombed more than ten villages, some several times, in the Nuba mountains where there is a large Christian population.

It said that 13 bombs were dropped on Buram village as recently and that  worst hit was Kauda town where 28 bombs were dropped by two Antonov aircraft on December 21, although there were no reported casualties there.

“The 11 confirmed dead were all Christian and included two women and six children. Among those injured was a pastor, Ayube Ibrahim, from Kauda. More than 35 people were killed in South Kordofan in November,” it stated.

It said that Khartoum says it has been targeting South Kordofan since June 2011 because it is a rebel stronghold for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM – North).

“However, many, including the black African Nuba people, consider the raids to be part of a campaign to rid Sudan of non-Arabs and Christianity. The people of South Kordofan, who are traditionally pro-southern, were denied a referendum on secession promised under the 2005 peace deal,” the report also stated.

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