Sudan: Police Arrest Nine Muslims for Destruction of Church Property
12/24/2020 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – According to Shanbago Awad Mugadam, a lawyer in Sudan who has been assisting Christians with legal aid, said that police have arrested nine men in connection with the burning of a church property on five separate occasions. Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) in the Dar El-Salam area of Omdurman has been attacked on numerous occasions over the past year. According to Mugadam and Morningstar News, the churches temporary meeting structure was destroyed on Jan. 19, 2019, as well as Jan. 4, Jan. 19, Jan. 28, and Aug. 7 of 2020.
No police report was submitted the first four time due to threats targeted at the Christians of the church. However, after the fifth time, they decided that they wanted the persecution to end. They attempted to report to the police, but were told that no report would be filed for them.
After being refused, the Christians hired an attorney to help them. Mugadam was able to then bring this matter to the courts. After this, the police were forced to open a case in December. They have since been able to find and arrest nine of the fourteen individuals believed to have been involved in the attacks.
It is a good sign for growing freedom and democracy in the country that the court system forced this issue. Due process must be done and those who are guilty of these attacks must be held accountable. Threats and attacks must not be allowed against minority communities. Please pray that this case would be justly fulfilled and that attacks against Christians in Sudan would end as the country continues to regain freedoms.
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