Religious Rights Still Blocked in Sudan, Christian Leaders Say

Confiscated properties, new church construction sought.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Officials in Sudan have shown signs of increasing religious freedom, but Christians say roadblocks remain to constructing churches and regaining confiscated properties since the new transitional government took power in September 2019. Officials in Sudan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments have said the process of issuing licenses for […]

Worship Structures in Sudan Burned, Christians Threatened

Nine of 14 Muslim extremist suspects arrested.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Muslim extremists in Sudan who have burned down a church’s worship structure five times threatened to kill congregation members if they put up another tent and continue worshipping, sources said. Police this month arrested nine of the 14 radical Muslims who burned down the temporary worship structures of the Sudanese […]

Three Young Christians Assaulted in Khartoum North, Sudan

Muslims beat pastor’s 16-year-old son, his 17-year-old cousin and their aunt.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A pastor’s son, his cousin and their 20-year-old aunt were assaulted in a suburb north of Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday (Oct. 6) as Muslims continued targeting church members despite religious freedoms favored by the new transitional government. Levi Hakim, 17, had gone into a shop in the Alsamrab neighborhood in […]

Omission of Christianity as School Subject in Sudan an Error, Official Says

But there are still no Christians hired to teach it, church leader says.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The head of the body responsible for curricula in Sudan announced that a previous directive omitting Christian education as a subject for primary schools was in error, according to a new letter to educational directors. Omer Ahmed al-Garay, director general of the National Centre for Curriculum and Educational Research […]

Transitional Government in Sudan Omits Christianity as School Subject

Hopes crumble in official directive to educational directors.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Fears that Christianity would again be omitted as a course subject in schools in Sudan were confirmed in a recent government directive, sources said. While Islam has long been taught in schools, the head of the body responsible for curricula in Sudan sent a letter to director generals of […]

Radical Muslims Protest Sudan’s Abolishment of Apostasy, other Islamist Laws

Limited demonstrations accompany call for ‘holy war’ against government.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Radical Muslims in Sudan took to the streets today to protest the transitional government’s adoption of amendments to decriminalize apostasy and repeal other Islamist laws. The apostasy law has been used for more than 30 years to persecute those who leave Islam. The government’s adoption this week of […]

Christians Attacked in Sudan after Incitement by Mosque Leaders in Khartoum

One South Sudanese dead, another in critical condition, sources say.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Following calls from mosque leaders in east Khartoum, Sudan to rid their “Muslim area” of South Sudanese Christians, several Christians were attacked there and in neighboring Omdurman this month, sources said. At the end of evening prayers at a mosque in the Al-Jerif East area, on the eastern […]

Hopes Wilt for Teaching Christianity in Schools in Sudan

Obligatory classes on Islam result in Islamization, sources say.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Hopes that the transitional government in Sudan would allow Christianity as a school subject alongside Islam wilted when officials omitted it from an academic schedule released last week, sources said. Doubly disappointed when an expected TV broadcast of school lessons on Christianity was omitted from the government-owned Television […]

Baptist Church Recovers Truck Confiscated Eight Years Ago in Sudan

Christian leaders awaiting return of properties.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Christian leaders in Sudan rejoiced when the new transitional government on Wednesday (March 25) released a truck confiscated eight years ago from a Baptist church. The Rev. Philemon Hassan Kharata, a well-known gospel music composer and singer and senior pastor of the church, confirmed the release of the […]

Sudan Orders Removal of Church Committees Appointed by Bashir Regime

Move lauded as first step to returning churches to their leaders.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudan’s religious affairs ministry on Wednesday (March 11) abolished committees imposed on churches under former President Omar al-Bashir, a move expected to return oversight of churches to their rightful leaders, sources said. “All government-appointed committees are abolished as of today [Wednesday, March 11, 2020],” the order signed by […]