World Watch List: 13
Leader: Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
Population: 43.5 million
Christian: 1.9 million
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Presidential Republic
Source of Persecution: Islamic Oppression
In cooperation with local churches and partners, Open Doors supports the persecuted church in Sudan through:
- theological and discipleship training
- persecution survival training
- trauma care
- community development
- income-generating projects
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“The suffering of the brothers and sister here, and especially Christians from a Muslim background, is very tough. We need you to remember them and consider their suffering. May this be a great time that we can express our love practically to them.”
Persecution type: Islamic oppression/Dictatorial Paranoia
What does persecution look like in Sudan?
Although Sudan has taken significant steps towards religious freedom in the past year, Christians from a Muslim background still face extreme persecution from their families and communities. These believers no longer face the death penalty for leaving Islam, but may be attacked, ostracized or otherwise discriminated against if their faith is discovered. Church buildings are often attacked or even demolished.
Many still keep their faith secret, for the safety of them and their family. Some converts even choose not to raise their children as Christians, wary of retribution from community leaders. This fear of exposure even means some Christians from a Muslim background have Islamic funerals in Muslim cemeteries.
Who is most vulnerable to persecution?
In areas like the Nuba Mountains, there is an ongoing conflict and tension between government forces and rebel groups. Since 2011, thousands of Christians have been killed in these attacks, which many believe to be effectively ethnic cleansing of minority ethnic groups, particularly Christians. Elsewhere in the country, Christians from a Muslim background are most vulnerable..
Praise God for the steps towards religious freedom in Sudan, answering the prayers of Sudanese believers and many others over a long period of time. Ask God that those in power would continue to make strides in this direction, and it would have real difference in everyday lives.
Pray for protection for Sudanese Christians from a Muslim background, and ask that they would be able to withstand opposition from their families and communities.
Pray that Christian women in Sudan would be protected from sexual violence and that they would be able to show the love of Jesus to their communities.