Church Building Locked, Leaders Arrested in Sudan

Hardline Muslims upset with presence of Christian worship.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Church leaders in Sudan were detained and questioned last month after Muslim extremists upset about the presence of their worship building locked it shut, sources said. Hardline Muslims locked the building of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) in Al Hag Abdalla, about 85 miles southeast of Khartoum in […]

Sudan Detains Bible Shipment, Christian Leaders Say

Customs duty due on religious literature, officials say.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Christian leaders in Sudan said government officials have detained a shipment of Bibles by demanding customs fees from which it is exempt. The Rev. Saad Idris Komi, chairman of the Sudan Pentecostal Church, said customs officials refused to release the Bibles earlier this month after rejecting his denomination’s application […]

Gunmen Attack Christian Government Worker in Sudan

Religious affairs ministry advisor beaten for advocating return of church properties.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Masked gunmen in an area south of Khartoum, Sudan attacked a government religious affairs worker at midnight on Friday (July 2) and threatened to kill him for supporting return of church properties to Christians, sources said. Botrous Badawi, a Christian and an advisor to the minister of Sudan’s Ministry […]

Christian Leader in Sudan Detained and Beaten, Sources Say

Security personnel suspected of seizing youth leader.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A Christian leader in Sudan was detained and beaten on Friday (Feb. 19) for speaking out against the burning of a church building, sources said. Masked men believed to be national security personnel seized Osama Saeed Kodi, chairman of the Christian Youth Union of Al Jazirah state, on Friday […]

Another Church Building Set Ablaze in Sudan

Hate messages on social media precede arson attack.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The ninth church building in two years to be set ablaze in Sudan was torched last month, sources said. Suspected Muslim extremists set fire to the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) building in the rural Tambul area of Al Jazirah state southeast of Khartoum on Jan. 3, said the […]

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 […]