Sudan Forces Refugee Children to Recite Islamic Prayer Before Receiving Food

ICC Note

Sudan is ranked 5 on Open Doors Watch list for worst countries toward Christians. This is due to their complete disregard for religious freedom for people outside Sunni Islam. They have been known to tear down churches, refuse jobs and basic aid to Christians and regularly jail those that they think go against their form of Sharia. Now there are reports that they are refusing to feed children in refugee camps until they say the Islamic Shahada, which is a prayer and statement of Islamic Faith. This is a type of forced conversion, which is illegal in many countries, but typically does not protect Christians. Clearly Sudan is violating human rights and religious freedom by forcing its children to convert to Islam no matter what the parents or children want.

 

2017-09-06 Sudan (ICN) Christian children in Sudan’s refugee camps are not receiving food unless they say Islamic prayers, according to reports received by sources close to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. A contact, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, described how Christian refugees from South Sudan are “in a terrible situation” in refugee camps in Sudan.

Speaking of the plight of child refugees in Sudan, the ACN source said: “We have heard stories where children are conditioned to say Islamic prayers before [being] given food. This is not right. These children are Christian. They should be respected for that.”

The source, who estimates that 700,000 South Sudanese Christians are refugees in Sudan, added: “The majority are left in camps, some in a very terrible situation. They are confined in those places. They are not allowed to go further north to the cities.”

ACN also received reports that it is hard for refugee families to survive on food provided by the government. A monthly food parcel for a family lasts little more than two weeks – leading parents to seek provisions in the local market. ACN was told items provided by the UN are sold in the market – many still in wrappers marked with UNICEF or UNHCR logos.

The charity’s source went on to say that the Khartoum government has hampered charities seeking to provide urgent assistance to the camps, preventing them from overseeing emergency help.

He said: “We have heard the story that the government does not allow any other agencies to give support including the Church agencies. The government knows very well that the Church is the body in the world that supports enormously the needy around the world. The Muslim community have a charity, so the Christians have a charity, so that possibility should be given so that the people are supported.”

  

 

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