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Sudan

Sudan

World Watch List Rank 13
World Watch List Score 79/100
Leader Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
Population 43,541,000 | 1,970,000 Christians
Main Religion Islam
WWL Rank in 2020 7
Persecution Level Very High Persecution

After the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir 2019Sudan has taken significant steps towards religious freedom. However, Christians from a Muslim background still face extreme persecution from their families and communities. They 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 their safety, but God is at work. Islamic law will end after 30 years, and Christians from a Muslim background no longer face the death penalty. While persecution continues, and attitudes are not eradicated overnight, this is very promising and the reason that Sudan has fallen six places on the World Watch List this year.  

What changed this year?

Since President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April 2019, there has been uncertainty about the leadership of Sudan and how it would impact Christians. Thankfully, and in an amazing answer to prayer, there do seem to be significant steps towards freedom of religion. Islamic law will end after 30 years, and Christians from a Muslim background no longer face the death penalty. While persecution continues in Sudan, and attitudes are not eradicated overnight, this is very promising and the reason that Sudan has fallen six places on the World Watch List this year.

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors partners with the local church in Sudan to provide theological and discipleship training, persecution survival training, trauma care, and community development and income-generating projects.  

 

PRAY FOR SUDAN

  • Praise God for the steps towards religious freedom in Sudan. Pray that those in power would continue to make strides in this direction.
  • 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.
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