|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Omar al-Bashir|
Sudan: A Country Divided.
In 1983 Sudan was declared an Islamic Republic and Sharia law was introduced. Civil war followed. In 2011, the country was divided in two: Sudan and South Sudan. This was the culmination of a long history of conflict between Muslim Arabs in the North and Christian and indigenous Africans in the South.
The situation for Christians has worsened since independence. Sudan is run by an authoritarian regime that controls private and public life. Government officials arrest, harass and expel Christians. Sharia law allows the use of amputation, stoning and flogging for crimes. Christians are arrested for sharing their faith and blasphemy laws are used to prosecute Christians. Apostasy is a crime punishable by death.
With South Sudan’s independence, Sudan lost most of its agricultural, water and oil resources. This translated to half of its government revenue so now almost half of Sudan’s population is living below the poverty line. Armed conflicts over dwindling resources and political power persist.
A Targeted Minority.
Christians make up only 3% of the population while 97% of the population is Sunni Muslim. The Church faces serious challenges. Attacks on churches and pastors make it dangerous to gather and it is difficult to get permission to build churches or renovate existing ones. Islamic oppression and government paranoia make the lives of Christians unbearable.
“Thank you very much for your prayers. I know that you do pray for us. We are doing fine. We still continue with court and will see what God does in coming days. Thank you for encouraging us, we remain strong in Him always. Pass our greetings to all and thank everyone for prayers and tell them we are strong, God is doing wonderful things in Sudan.” – Hassan, Omdurman Prison, Oct 2016
Pray for the church in Sudan to stand firm and resist the pressure.
Pray for growth and solidarity among believers.
Pray for the protection of Muslim background believers who are the most at risk.
Pray for an end to the civil war still raging in South Sudan.