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03/08/2022 South Sudan (International Christian Concern) – On February 27th, two church leaders from the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) were arrested, a week after Muslim extremists demanded the church’s closure.

One of the arrested leaders, Dalman Hassan, told Morning Star News that the Christians were blamed for “hostility towards Islam” because they held services on the Muslim day of mosque prayer.

“They cause chaos and disrespect others’ religion,” read one of the charges against the church presented to officials, Hassan told Morning Star.

Another church member, Kotti Hassan Dalman, informed the news source that the extremists made several other accusations. “The hardline Muslims also charged the church with providing food to children to win them to Christianity and with taking their land for the worship building,” he said.

In response, members of the church stated that the land was originally owned by the Catholic church and that the false accusations were made due to the extremists’ dislike of Christianity. Thankfully, both arrested Christians were released less than 24 hours after their arrest.

“We are urging the religious leaders and believers’ all over the country to pray for us,” church leaders said in a statement on social media.

South Sudan is a majority Christian Nation that gained independence in 2011, making it the youngest country in the world and one that has been mired in a civil war since its beginning.

In August of last year, two nuns were shot and killed in cold blood by jihadists while driving along South Sudan’s Juba-Nimule highway.

“Islam is now invading South Sudan. They’re saying South Sudan is a strategic place and that [it] will be the gate to Africa [so that] Islam can go to all of Africa,” a believer told Mission Network News after the devastating murders.

Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in South Sudan and for believers around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

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