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Second Sudanese Church demolished in Khartoum in May

On Wednesday 17th May the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) building in Algadisia, Khartoum was demolished.

Urgent prayer is being requested as the second church this month is demolished in Sudan.

Christians in Sudan have asked for prayer as the authorities’ continue to demolish in Khartoum. On May 17th, the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) building in Algadisia, Khartoum was demolished. This comes after the demolition of the SCOC church in Soba Al Aradi ten days previously.

The demolition follows a dispute over the ownership of the land the church was built on. The SCOC built the church in Algadisia in 1983. Although someone else claimed to own the land, according to the office of The Middle East Concern, there was no accompanying evidence.

The authorities insisted that the church should vacate the land, even after showing documentary evidence of ownership.

The Middle East Concern say that the government’s campaign aims to weaken the church in Sudan by demolishing a total of 27 churches, including the two mentioned above, claiming they violate designated purposes for these plots of land. However, the authorities refuse to designate any plots to be used for church buildings, claiming there is no need for new church buildings.

In addition, the authorities are confiscating properties belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Bahri (Khartoum North) and Omdurman.

With this in mind, the MEC has requested prayer:

a. that the government efforts to demolish or confiscate church properties will cease

b. for wisdom, patience and peace for church leaders and members facing ongoing harassment

c. for an end to the continuous pressure against Christians in Sudan, and that Christians will know the peace of the Lord

d. that those responsible for these acts of hostility and destruction will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him

However, the Commissioner of Jebel Awliya locality has denied that the demolition of church buildings is part of a discrimination campaign against Christians.

Commissioner Jalaleldin El Sheikh El Tayeb said in a press statement that the recent actions of the authorities to demolish all illegal buildings in the Soba El Aradi district did not affect the Sudanese Church of Christ alone. Instead, he referred to 12 mosques and Koran schools, three churches, and two schools. He said that the decision to remove all illegal buildings in Soba Aradi was made in 2012 by the Khartoum state Land Department and said that they were making room to provide accommodation for more than 7,000 people.

Reports of persecution of Christians in Sudan increased after President Omar Al Bashir came into power in 2011 with a pledge to enforce Sharia (Islamic law).

Source: Premier, Middle East Concern

Police in Sudan Arrest Christians at School, Prevent Others from Leaving

Take-over of evangelical institution leads to obstruction accusations.

Evangelical School of Sudan in Omdurman. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Police accused staff members of a Christian school in Sudan of obstructing the work of a Muslim-owned business trying to take it over, sources said.

Police in Omdurman, across from Khartoum on the Nile River, on Monday (March 27) arrested 12 staff members of a Christian school and the next day prevented others from leaving the campus, they said.

In an apparent attempt to help the Muslim investor take over the Evangelical School of Sudan, police first arrested two leaders of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) – the Rev. Idris Karntina and an elder identified only as Younan – at about 10 a.m. An hour later two police vans arrived at the school complex, and officers arrested 10 other Christians, including women, all SPEC members, church leaders said.

They were taken to Omdurman’s central division police station and released at about 8 p.m., accused of obstructing the work of Education Vision, which is trying to take over the school.

The institution is still functioning as a Christian school, but representatives of Education Vision are regularly disrupting classes, school personnel said.

The following morning, police along with National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officers prevented Christian teachers, including the headmaster, to leave the school, which is owned by SPEC.

Teachers at the school together with other SPEC members held a prayer meeting inside, until they were allowed to leave that evening.

The Rev. Yahia Abdelrahim Nalu, SPEC moderator, was inside the school during the staff members’ confinement.

“We expect the arrests to continue,” Nalu said.

On March 16 about 20 policemen aboard a truck forcefully entered the school compound, arrested three Christian teachers including the headmaster, Daud Musa, and took them to Omdurman’s central division police station, sources said. Also arrested were Christian teachers Yahya Elias and elder Younan, all of the SPEC.

They were released on bail after eight hours, charged with obstructing the work of those attempting to take over the school.

The arrests came nearly a month after authorities arrested and held overnight four educators from the same school, including Musa, before releasing them on bail. They were accused of destroying a sign belonging to Education Vision. The Christians strongly denied the accusation.

The Evangelical School of Sudan is one of several SPEC schools throughout Sudan.

The leadership of the SPEC remains in the hands of government-appointed committee members even after a court ruled in November 2016 that the appointments were illegal, sources said.

That case is separate from an Aug. 31, 2015 ruling by the Administrative Court of Appeal saying the Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments interfered with SPEC’s Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church by imposing committees on the church in order to enable Muslim investors to take it over.

Harassment, arrests and persecution of Christians have intensified since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011, when President Omar al-Bashir vowed to adopt a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and the Arabic language.

The Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Endowments announced in April 2013 that no new licenses would be granted for building new churches in Sudan, citing a decrease in the South Sudanese population.

Due to its treatment of Christians and other human rights violations, Sudan has been designated a Country of Particular Concern by the U.S. State Department since 1999, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended the country remain on the list in its 2016 report.

Sudan ranked fifth on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of countries where Christians face most persecution.

Source: Morning Star News

Sudanese Pastor Days Away From Death Sentence Decision; 112K Sign Petition Calling for His Release

A Christian pastor in Sudan is less than two weeks away from a court decision that could end up sentencing him to death, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, whose petition to save the pastor’s life has been signed by over 112,000 people.

(PHOTO: REUTERS / MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH) Christian church in Sudan in this undated photo.

Pastor Hassan Abduraheem has been charged along with two other men by the Sudanese government with espionage and agitating hatred between classes, and is being held in al-Huda Prison in Omdurman.

Last week, Pastor Kuwa Shamal was released on the same charges after authorities found no evidence against him, and the conservative law group is arguing that Abduraheem also deserves his freedom.

Abduraheem’s attorneys have reportedly finished laying out his defense, and a decision by a judge is expected on Jan. 23.

The ACLJ has stepped up its campaign to free the pastor by sending a letter to Sudan’s Minister of Justice, Awad Al-Hassan Al-Noor.

“Rev. Abduraheem has been detained for over a year as the result of an act of kindness he bestowed on a young boy in need of medical attention. In November 2015, Rev. Abduraheem, along with Rev. Kuwa Shamal, attended a Christian conference in Sudan where Rev. Abduraheem was a speaker,” the letter said, focusing on the details behind the case.

“During his speech, Rev. Abduraheem showed the audience a picture of a young man who had been badly beaten for attending a demonstration, and explained that he was helping pay for his medical treatment,” it added.

“In December 2015, Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service arrested the pastors on national security charges associated with helping the injured man.”

The ACLJ insisted that all the pastor did was to try and live out his Christian faith through charity, for which he is now facing a possible death penalty.

The law group sent the petition letter, which as of Wednesday morning has been signed by over 112,000 people, and reminded the Sudanese government that it is under numerous international treaties and obligations, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which protects people from religious discrimination.

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“We are preparing to send other letters to Sudan’s vice president, among others. Justice for Pastor Hassan will be determined in the next few weeks,” the ACLJ vowed.

Other persecution watchdog groups, such as Christian Solidarity Worldwide, which reported on Shamal’s release, also said that Abduraheem should not be forgotten.

“We are disappointed that the trial of Rev. Abduraheem, Mr. Jašek and Mr. Abdumawla continues despite being based on the same evidence that was deemed to be insufficient in Rev. Shamal’s case,” CSW Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said last week.

“In reality, none of them have committed the serious crimes with which they have been charged. We urge the Sudanese government to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of these men, who have been detained since December 2015, simply for an act of kindness,” he added.

Source: The Christian Post

BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER  Follow Stoyan Zaimov on Facebook: CPSZaimov