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Sudan is one of the world’s worst persecutors of Christians. They kill many Christians and destroy their property in Darfur, South Kardofan and Blue Nile regions. They restrict worship, destroy churches and arrest pastors on a consistent basis in the capitol city of Khartoum and Omdurman. The president, Omar al-Bashir, also claimed that the constitution in Sudan would follow Sharia after South Sudan gained their independence. All of these things have not stopped the United States and European Union from stopping sanctions on the country, whose president is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. These two countries are even seeking to increase ties more now despite the continued persecution of minorities.

 

2017-12-02 Sudan (ChristianToday) The US government is reported to be on the verge of dropping Sudan from its State Sponsors of Terror list, despite the regime’s systematic bombardment of its own Christian civilians. The controversial move follows the lifting of sanctions against Khartoum in September.

Washington has improved its relations with Sudan under pressure from Saudi Arabia. There are currently thousands of Sudanese soldiers fighting Saudi’s war in Yemen, of whom 400 have been killed. In the same year Sudanese forces were deployed in Yemen, Saudi and Qatar gave the deeply indebted Khartoum regime $2.2 billion.

Yet, despite US overtures to Sudan, its president, Field Marshall Bashir, asked for President Putin’s protection against, ‘the aggressive acts of the US’ last week on a trip to Russia. Bashir remains under indictment for genocide by the International Criminal Court.

Since 2011, the Sudanese air force has conducted a campaign of aerial bombardment in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, where the majority of the Sudanese population is Christian or animist, and black African. Mother of Mercy Hospital has been targeted several times, as have Christian-supported schools and clinics. The regime has sealed off much of the area to prevent humanitarian aid or international observers entering. The government’s strategy of repeatedly bombing fields and markets has deterred farmers from planting or harvesting crops, leading to widespread food shortages. Human rights groups suggest the regime intends to eliminate its non-Muslim population using starvation.

In the capital, Khartoum, Sudanese security services regularly detain, harass, arrest and persecute Christian leaders. Moreover, the regime has designated 25 churches for demolition, decreeing that there will be no further church-building permitted. The government claims that when the mainly Christian south seceded in 2011, forming the new Republic of South Sudan, Sudan’s Christian population went with it. However, millions of Christians remain north of the border, in Khartoum, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where they have lived for centuries.

 

 

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