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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Sudanese authorities have arrested a pastor of a church located close to the capital Khartoum and are now seeking to replace that pastor with a "state approved" pastor. Many Christians fear this is only another tactic being used by the Sudanese government in its over all strategy to drive Christianity out of Sudan. Please pray for this pastor and his church.
Friday, February 21st, 2014
A church located in Omdurman, Sudan near the country's capital of Khartoum was demolished by Sudanese authorities without warning and with little explanation. According to local police, the church was destroyed because it was located in a "Muslim area" and was unwanted. Many Sudanese Christians see this act as a part of Sudan's broader campaign to become more Islamic and Arab. Following the separation of South Sudan, Sudanese President al-Bashir declared his intention to adopt stricter forms of Sharia law and make the country more Islamic. Please pray for Christians currently suffering in Sudan.
Friday, February 14th, 2014
The Sudanese government continues to indiscriminately bomb Christians areas of the Nuba Mountains regions. Claiming to be fighting a rebel movement operating in the area, Sudan for months has been bombing mainly Christian villages, killing Christian civilians. Many suspect this indiscriminate bombing campaign could be a part of Sudanese President al-Bashir's plan to make Sudan a purely Islamic and Arabic society.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Christian communities in Sudan's Nuba Mountains have remained under attack by the Sudanese government for years. Indiscriminant bombing raids have become the norm in this region, which has gone ignored by most media outlets. Due to the lack of international attention, Sudan's president has been able to get away with an air campaign targeted at killing the population of the Nuba Mountains.
Friday, January 24th, 2014
For Christians living in Sudan, travel restrictions are only the most recent form of persecution that is making it difficult for them to exist. According to Sudanese bishops meeting in South Sudan, many of their fellow bishops from Sudan were denied the right to travel to the meeting and have had their passports taken by government officials. Discrimination, social hostility and harassment are becoming more and more common for Christians in Sudan. Many fear that the Islamic government will soon take even more dramatic action against the Christian faith.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Christians living in Sudan are subjected to daily persecution, violence, and discrimination. Not only is the Sudanese government limited missionary personnel and forbidden new churches, they are working to purge the nation of it remaining Christians.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
The world watches as Sudan prepares its new constitution, a process and document which Khartoum hopes will generate some measure of international credibility which the pariah state now abjectly lacks. A Christian lawyer who has promote religious freedom, and has been training Christians in who to assert religious freedom, has fled after his life was threatened by Sundanese government agents.
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Since the secession of South Sudan from the North, the Sudanese government has engaged in unrestrained intimidation and discrimination of Christians living in the North. Not only has this persecution generated a mass-exodus of many Northern Christians, but it has had greatly damaged the political structure of Sudanese opposition groups.
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
The Abyei region of Sudan contains a small, growing community of Christians within a larger majority Animists. Both groups live together peaceably, but are prey to roving bands of Islamists herdsmen who claim grazing rights within the territory. The non-resident Islamists have repeatedly attacked and terrorized the Abyei population in an effort secure grazing land. The Islamists are firmly opposed to any Abyei secession, and are violently targeting Christians and Animists in retaliation for this week's majority-vote in favor of joining South Sudan.
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
After the secession of South Sudan from Sudan-proper, those Christians left within the Khartoum-controlled North have become targeted by a religious cleansing campaign designed to intimidate them into fleeing to the South. This latest example further illuminates a problem which the international community seemingly continues to do its best to ignore.
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Séléka and Islamist terror groups have been conducting religious cleansing operations against Christians in the Central African Republic. ICC has reported on the allegations that this campaign receives some measure of support and coordination from foreign Islamic states. Further reports indicate that the Islamist campaign is spilling over the borders of the CAR, including targeted persecution of Christians and religious cleansing campaigns in Christian areas.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Systematic persecution of Christians is increasing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. How do these groups broadcast their beheadings, bombings, and tortures? And how is the call to violent jihad broadcast to other Muslims on the continent? Tech-savvy terrorists use the same US-made social media that American teens use to plan an outing: FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube. The BBC explains:
Saturday, October 12th, 2013
The combination of ready access to weapons flowing from Arab Spring states in North Africa, and the fact that the Sahel zone is outside the reach of most of the region's military and policing capability, have allowed for the formation of a "petri-dish" for the breeding of Islamists. The lawlessness of the Sahel has allowed the groups operating from to zone to conduct operations against Christian and Western targets with near impunity. The effort of the Séléka in CAR is just one example, where the Islamists are attempting to form a Sharia state despite the population being composed mostly of Christians.
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Recent reports indicate that a majority of the rebels ravaging Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) are composed of foreign Islamists. These Muslim fighters reportedly are working at the behest of the current president of the CAR, Michel Am-Nondokro Djotodia. Former president François Bozizé, was deposed in March by this rebel coalition, known as Seleka, which installed president Djotodia. Djotodia is the first Muslim leader of the majority Christian nation. During the rebellion, allegations surfaced that many of the rebel fighters were in fact Sudanese and Chadian Islamist militants. These new reports tend to confirm those allegations, and have given greater weight to concerns that the militants receive some measure of funding and guidance from the same sources that funded Malian, Tunisian, and Libyan revolts, namely: Al Qaeda.
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
ICC Note: Noted journalist and human rights advocate Rebecca Tinsley explores the differences in media coverage of the Nairobi mall massacre versus that given to the ongoing persecution of Christians in Sudan and Northern Nigeria. Ms. Tinsley reminds the reader that although the Westgate tragedy was abhorrent, many more Christians are murdered by Islamic fundamentalists on a recurring basis in other parts of Africa. Yet the media remains mostly indifferent. She calls for the United States Government to better use existing forms of leverage to pressure the Nigerian and Sudanese governments to prioritize the protection of Christians subject to persecution.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Morning Star News reports that a Sudanese woman was repeatedly tortured and abused by her own family after they learned of her conversion from Islam to Christianity. Family member kept her in isolation, while repeatedly beating her in a effort to force her to renounce he new found faith. When they were unable to overcome the strength of her faith, they chose to end her life. Family members began the process of burying her alive when miraculously police intervened. This is further evidence of the difficulties faced by those leaving Islam for Christianity.
Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Thousands of Christians living in Sudan continue to face ever intensifying levels of persecution. When Sudan and South Sudan split in July 2011, Sudan's president declared his intention to make the Muslim north a 100% Islamic society. This left little room for the North's Christian minority to worship freely. Since then, a mass exodus of Christians fleeing south has occurred. To complicate matters, border conflicts between the north and south have cause the borders to be closed, trapping thousands of Christians in a country that doesn't want them. Now, a Christian aid organization is airlifting these Christians out of Sudan to freedom in South Sudan.
Monday, August 19th, 2013
After Sudan split into Sudan and South Sudan in July 2011, Christians living in Sudan have faced increased levels of persecution. In Sudan, Christians only make up a very small percentage of the population and are discriminated against by both the government and fundamentalists within Sudan's Muslim majority. After the split, Sudan's president declared his intention to create a 100% Islamic Sudan. Since then, Christians have faced increased persecution, leading many to flee to South Sudan with the help of Christian aid organizations.
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Barnabas Fund has announced that it has successfully rescued another 3,400 Christians who were facing increasing levels of persecution in Sudan. Since the country divided, Sudan has become more hostile towards Christians. Because of border tensions, Christians in Sudan have been unable to flee to South Sudan, leaving many of them to live in shanty towns surrounding Sudan's capital Khartoum. How long until all of these persecuted Christians are rescued?
Sunday, August 4th, 2013
Christians in Sudan continue to face increasing levels of persecution despite the divide between the Christian south and the Muslim north in the summer of 2011. Despite being promised religious freedom from the Sudanese government, Christians living in Sudan are facing persecution at the hands of both the government and radicals living in Sudanese society. Please pray for these persecuted Christians.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Christians still living in Sudan continue to face ever escalating levels of persecution as the Sudanese government continues to crack down on the religious minority. In 2013, churches have been closed down, foreign missionaries have been deported and fundamentalist Muslim clerics have called on the government to take more decisive action against Christians living out their faith "boldly" in Sudan. Please, remember these persecuted Christians in your prayers this weekend.
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Since Sudan and South Sudan separated in 2011, the living conditions for Christians living in the north have significantly decreased. According to Christians leaders, intolerance and persecution has increased since the country divided. Sudan's president has promised a new Islamic constitution which will likely increase restrictions on Christians ability to freely worship in Sudan. Recently, all permits to build new churches have been outright denied by the government and Islamic leaders have complained that the government has not done enough to stop Christians from worshiping "boldly" in Sudan.
Monday, July 15th, 2013
A Christian convert from Islam has been forced to flee Sudan after being persecuted by Sudanese authorities. Authorities from the Khartoum government threatened to kill this Christian, whose name is being withheld for security purposes, unless he give up names of other Muslim background believers. According to USCIRF, apostasy is still illegal in Sudan and is punishable by death according to the law. Although Sudan has not executed anyone for apostasy in 20 years, nearly 170 people in Sudan have been charged and imprisoned for the "crime."
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
A recent expose on trafficking in the Horn of Africa exposes what many thought to be myth—the kidnapping, trafficking, torture, and ransoming of Eritrean refugees. Considered the "North Korea of Africa," Eritrea houses one of the Africa's governments most hostile to the free exercise of religion. Faced with indefinite periods of arbitrary detention, torture, and psychological warfare, Eritrea's Christians have launched an exodus to flee the "most repressive nation on Earth." In doing so, many seek shelter as refugees in Sudan, exposing themselves as targets of Bedouin traffickers intent on kidnapping them to the Egyptian Sinai, where they are then held for ransom while subjected to immense physical and emotional torture.
Thursday, July 4th, 2013
An Islamic leader has rebuked his government for not taking decisive action against Christians operating “boldly” in the country, typifying the disturbing response of Islamic leaders to the growth of the Church in Sudan.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013