Three Sudanese Churches in Blue Nile State Burned Down Twice by Radical Jihadists Within One Month

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Recent attacks on Sudanese churches provide a harsh reminder that Sudanese Christians still face persecution.

Voice of the Martyrs Canada reports that three Sudanese churches in the Blue Nile State were burned down on January 16th.

VOM Canada’s Greg Musselman explains that this is the second time these churches have been burned down. The original church buildings were burned down in late December and the replacement structures are now gone as well.

He says, “Although we don’t know exactly who was responsible, believers in that area are pointing their fingers at the Islamic Jihadists.”

Movement Towards Religious Freedom

World Magazine reports that former President of Sudan and Islamic dictator, Omar al-Bashir, was removed from office in April 2019.

Sudan is currently working to create a democratic government with more religious freedom for all religions. Musselman says, “The Sudanese government, they want the world to see that they are making an effort.”

A Sudanese human rights organization is stepping in to support churches as they ask for protection from the government.

“The thing we’re seeing is that even within the mostly Muslim culture there are people saying, look, we need to keep the constitutional rights for all citizens, not just the Muslims,” Musselman says.

Yet despite this movement towards progress, many Sudanese Christians are still facing persecution. Musselman says, “[The churches] did their due diligence. They filed reports with the police, but as often happens, the investigations don’t take place. They feel like they are sitting ducks and this is going to happen again.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Sarah Traill

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for Sudan’s government to protect Sudanese Christians and grant more religious freedom.
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  • Pray for the end of persecution in Sudan and unity for Sudanese Christians.