Sudan Releases 13 Christians Arrested in Darfur after Torture, Threats

One church member said to be in critical condition.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – After torturing them and threatening to charge them with serious crimes, authorities in Sudan have released 13 Christians arrested in the Darfur Region, sources said. Personnel from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) released 12 of the Christians by Sunday (Oct. 21) and freed church leader Tajaldin Idriss […]

Another Church Building Sealed Shut in Algeria

Compliance with building codes not enough to prevent closure.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Algeria sealed shut a church site on Tuesday (Oct. 16) even after Christian leaders complied with orders to meet building codes, sources said. In Azaghar village near Akbou, about 185 kilometers (114 miles) east of Algiers in Bejaia Province, Kabylie Region, eight policemen sealed shut the doors of […]

Christians in Darfur, Sudan Arrested during Combined Worship of House Churches

Whereabouts of converts from Islam unknown.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News)– Security officials in Sudan last week arrested 13 Christians during a worship service in the Darfur Region, sources said. Personnel from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) interrupted the worship service the afternoon of Oct. 10 in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state in western Sudan’s Darfur Region and […]

Policeman Sexually Harasses Christian Woman in Sudan, Sources Say

Officer says he has mandate to target ‘indecently dressed’ women.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A young Catholic woman has discovered personally that many Public Order Police in Muslim-majority Sudan believe they have a mandate to sexually harass those they deem inappropriately dressed. Nyankiir Kual Mayen, a 24-year-old university student in Al Qadarif in eastern Sudan, filed a complaint with police two days after […]

Christians Face Trial in Algeria over Wife’s Accusations of Evangelizing

Muslim relatives forced her to file complaint, husband says.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in Algeria are facing trial after the Muslim wife of one accused them of suggesting she leave Islam, her husband said. Rachid Ouali and his 67-year-old friend, Ali Larchi, went before a judge in Bouira, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Algiers, on Tuesday (Oct. 9), after […]

Sudan Releases Bible Shipments Detained in Port Years Ago

Country long starved of Arabic-language Scripture.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In a surprise move, Sudan has released shipments of Bibles long held in port, including one detained nearly six years ago, according to the head of the Bible Society in Sudan. The Rev. Ismail Abdurahman Kenani, Khartoum-based director of the Bible Society in Sudan, said port authorities had been […]

Authorities in Algeria Seal Shut Another Church Building

Sober reminder that harassment policy still in force.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Church leaders didn’t get an explanation for why the seventh worship building to be closed in Algeria since November was sealed last week, but they suspect lack of registration was the pretext. It is virtually impossible to register a church in Algeria under current restrictions. Although three of the six […]

Sudan Returns Church Building Closed Four Years Ago

A rare reversal amid demolitions and closures.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Khartoum, Sudan have handed back a church building that they had padlocked four years ago and threatened to seize, Christian leaders said. A Sudanese church leader involved in the return of the Khartoum Christian Center building, owned by the Sudan Pentecostal Church (SPC), told Morning Star News […]

Sentence Upheld for Pastor in Algeria Stopped for Carrying Christian Literature

Judge rebukes church leader.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A case that began with police in Algeria stopping a Christian suspected of carrying Bibles in his car ended yesterday with a large fine for the church leader. A judge in Tiaret, 600 kilometers (372 miles) southwest of Algiers, on Wednesday (May 16) denied pastor Nouredine Belabed’s appeal of a […]

Conviction, Sentencing of Christian in Algeria ‘Ridiculous,’ Attorney Says

Authorities interrogating convert pressured him to renounce Christ, he says.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A court in Algeria yesterday withdrew a six-month prison sentence but upheld a fine on a convert from Islam for carrying Christian literature and some crucifix-shaped keychains into the country, sources said. Idir Hamdad was fined 20,000 Algerian dinars (US$172) plus customs expenses after a judge at the court in […]