Christmas Celebrations Mark Progress of Religious Freedom in Sudan

Muslim government officials attend yuletide service of long-persecuted church.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – In stark contrast to his predecessor, Sudan’s new minister of religious affairs last week attended a long-persecuted church’s Christmas service. Following the Sudanese government’s announcement of Christmas as a public holiday for the first time in eight years, Minister of Religious Affairs Nasr al-Din Mufreh accompanied senior government officials […]

Religious Affairs Minister in Sudan Signals Freedom of Religion in New Era

In marked contrast to Bashir regime, Christians are promised return of confiscated properties.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In another sign that Islamist elements hostile to Christianity in Sudan could be reined in, the minister of religious affairs has reiterated that Christian properties confiscated under the previous regime would be returned. Acknowledging that Christians were persecuted and endured “very bad practices” under the regime of former […]

Hopeful Signs for Change in Sudan Meet with Cautious Pessimism

Some have seen too much persecution to believe in imminent improvement.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The appointment of a Christian woman to the council overseeing transition to civilian rule in Sudan is a hopeful sign, but some persecution-weary Christians are less than optimistic about prospects for improved religious rights. Raja Nicola Eissa Abdel-Masih, a Coptic Christian who long served as a judge in […]

Muslim Clerics Threaten Sudanese Christian in Egypt

Convert from Islam fled torture in Sudan.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Days after Muslim leaders in Egypt came to his apartment to warn him to return to Islam, a Sudanese Christian in Cairo received a death threat by phone last week, he said. Having fled Sudan after authorities tortured and threatened to kill him if he refused to return to […]

Kidnapping, Torture in Egypt of Christian Woman from Sudan Highlights Convert Pressures

Muslim extremists also threaten to kill husband, daughter.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother from Sudan had deep cause for fear last November when her Muslim brother went to her church in Cairo, Egypt with a photo of her husband and asked members if they knew his whereabouts. Muslim extremists from Sudan had kidnapped and tortured her less than two […]

Facing Torture, Death in Sudan, Convert Flees to Egypt – and More Death Threats

Apartment broken into, passport stolen.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Having fled Sudan after authorities tortured and threatened to kill him if he refused to return to Islam, a Sudanese Christian now faces death threats in Egypt. Unknown Muslims in Cairo began threatening him for his faith in Christ last year, 40-year-old Al Hadi Izzalden Shareef Osman said. In a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]