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Sudan has demolished yet another Church from their list of 27 on Aug 2, 2017. This happened shortly after the Khartoum Parliament rejected the Ministry of Education’s call for Church Schools to operate on Sundays, and follow the Muslim week. Christians in Sudan are very concerned that this is just another plot of the government to take away their rights and force Christianity out of Sudan. All of this comes amid the United States Decision making process on whether or not to lift Sanctions. 

08/08/2017 Sudan (ChristianTimes) – Members of the Khartoum state parliament have blocked the Minister of Education’s order to open Christian schools in Sudan’s capital on Sundays.

On July 26, the Ministry of General Education of Khartoum State issued a letter ordering all Christian schools in Khartoum to stop regarding Sunday as a day off.

“In order not to affect the educational process and the ongoing plan, we ask you not to observe Sunday holiday,” the ministry’s Awadia El-Sheikh Saleh Omer stated in the letter.

The decision has been viewed by Christians in Sudan and around the world as another means of harassment and discrimination against the minority group.

“The government’s decision to abolish Sundays for Christian schools is discrimination against Christians in Sudan,” said a Sudanese church leader.

On Aug. 1, members of the parliament rejected the mandate, with the deputy speaker of the Khartoum state assembly, Mohammed Hashim, saying that the order had not been well thought through.

Hashim then asked Minister of Education Farah Mustafa to revoke his decision for the sake of peaceful coexistence, World Watch Monitor reported. He argued that Christian’s schools have been operating under the Saturday–Sunday system for years, adding that there is no evidence that it impedes the academic performance of the students.

Mustafa defended the order, arguing that he only gave instructions that all schools should adhere to the calendar adopted by the council of ministers.

Although Christians in some Muslim-majority countries worship on Fridays, Sudanese Christians perceive the move as part of a government campaign to eradicate Christianity in the country.

The day after the parliament members rejected Mustafa’s order, the Sudanese government demolished a church in Omdurman, just west from Khartoum.

 

 

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