Throughout Sudan, Christians continue to suffer at the hands of regime bent on establishing a “purely Islamic” society, as President al-Bashir once said himself. Having ushered in Sharia-inspired penal codes immediately following his rise to power in 1989, Bashir has built a security apparatus and coalition of proxy militias capable of inflicting fear and, if necessary, deadly force against those impeding the his government’s Islamization and Arabization policies. Regrettably, Meriam Ibrahi, a 27-year-old mother of two and wife to an American citizen who was sentenced to death for her Christian faith is but one of so many oppressed for their religious beliefs.
07/17/2014 Sudan (World Watch Monitor) – The globally known apostasy case of the death-row mother Meriam Ibrahim, forced to give birth with her legs shackled, is only one of many examples of the religious discrimination that Sudanese Christians battle on a regular basis.
The poverty-stricken Muslim country lost the majority of its Christian population to South Sudan when the South became independent in 2011 – the creation of the world’s newest nation. The South Sudanese population had fought for more than 40 years, in Africa’s longest civil war, against domination by the Islamic north. But because war so crippled and destroyed the South, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Christians fled into the north, where their lives passed often uneasily, and they found themselves settling, often by default. When peace eventually came in 2005, there was too much at stake for them to move country, and many could not afford to do so.
Not surprisingly, given the civil war fault-lines, those Christians now left in the north after the split are finding life in the Islamic nation less than easy. According to the World Watch List 2014 (an annual ranking compiled by Open Doors, which works with Christians under pressure worldwide), Sudan is the 11th most difficult country to be a Christian, out of a ranking of 50.