SUDAN – Government continues programme of persecution against Christians

Source:  www.barnabasaid.org

Date:  November 24, 2017

An independent report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released earlier this month has highlighted the ongoing programme of anti-Christian persecution being undertaken by the Sudanese government.

Since the predominantly Christian South Sudan seceded in 2011, almost 50 church buildings have been demolished, partially demolished or threatened with demolition. “Sudanese authorities have arrested almost 200 Christians … Half of these arrests occurred as Christians protested government efforts to demolish or expropriate church properties.”

Sudanese authorities demolish church buildings as part of a campaign to rid the country of its Christian presence
Sudanese authorities demolish church buildings as part of a campaign to rid the country of its Christian presence

Such actions are “part of a broader campaign to shrink the space available for Christians to practice their faith. The Sudanese government justifies this persecution by misleadingly arguing that with South Sudan’s secession, there are no more Christians.”

The report also notes, “The [Sudanese] government tolerates the use of humanitarian assistance to induce conversion.” However, as Barnabas Aid has previously reported, the government colludes in this practice by barring churches from distributing aid to Christian refugees, who have then been forced to recite the Islamic creed, the shahada, in order to receive food aid – effectively amounting to forced conversion to Islam.

From USCIRF here

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