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6 Sudan

WHO IS THE LEADER OF SUDAN?

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is the leader of Sudan. He has repeatedly stated that Sudan is to be an Islamic state and that there should be no room for other religions since South Sudan, a Christian-majority country, declared independence.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN SUDAN?

Two million Christians live in Sudan – less than five per cent of the total population of 41.5 million.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN SUDAN?

Historically, Islam is deeply embedded in Sudan's society and the ruling elite aims to enforce an Islamic regime in the country. Sudan has been run by an authoritarian regime ever since al-Bashir came to power through a coup in 1989. The government is strictly implementing the policy of one religion, one culture and one language. There is no freedom of the press and no freedom of expression.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN SUDAN?

In the Nuba Mountains thousands of Christians have been killed and displaced as the government seeks to ethnically cleanse the region of minority groups.

In other parts of the country, many churches have been demolished, and church leaders have been arrested for speaking out against persecution. Blasphemy laws are being used to persecute Christians – many are afraid to share their faith for fear that they will be accused of ‘acts that encourage apostasy against Islam’.

Leaving Islam to follow Jesus is illegal and can be punished with the death sentence, and believers from Muslim backgrounds often keep their faith completely secret. Some have been put under house arrest by their families when their new faith was discovered.

 
"We trust God for a solution, He is able and great."
- Sudanese believer after his church was demolished
 

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN SUDAN?

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You can give to provide vital support

Through partnerships with the Sudanese church, Open Doors provides training, community development, practical assistance and trauma care to persecuted Christians.

£30 can provide two days of trauma care training for a church leader or lay leader in Africa, so they can help others begin to recover from their traumatic experiences of persecution.

 
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You can SPEAK OUT

Sign up for advocacy alerts for updates on how you can be a voice for our persecuted church family.

 
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You can pray

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”

A PRAYER FOR SUDAN

Father God, thank you for the courageous faith of our church family in Sudan. Protect and provide for our brothers and sisters in the Nuba mountains. Change the hearts of Sudan’s leaders, so that the people of Sudan can know freedom, justice and peace.

 

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