Religious freedom charity Release International says that political upheaval in Sudan has presented a window of opportunity for Christians in the country. Omar al Bashir has been removed by the military after almost 30 years in power. The new leadership has the opportunity to enshrine freedom to worship in the law. Andrew Boyd from the charity explained: “There have been decades of extreme persecution however this could now be a turning point. We call on the international community to help Sudan make the transition to become a democracy, and to encourage that country to give the most basic freedom that everybody needs, the freedom of faith.”
Boyd said Christians in the predominantly Muslim country have faced the heaviest oppression with the government driving out minority groups in a programme of ethnic cleansing. Churches have been demolished and church leaders have been arrested. The charity said there have been “encouraging signs” for the two million Christians in Sudan since the coup. The Chief of the Military Council, General al-Burhan, has released hundreds of political prisoners and described the recent protests as a “peaceful revolution”. While there has been limited media coverage on the persecution of Christians in the nation, it is important that prayers are said for the people there.
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