On the afternoon of Wednesday 10 October officers from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested 13 Christians who had gathered for fellowship in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur State. Ten of the believers were from Darfur and three from South Kordofan; they belong to four different house churches; all are converts from Islam. Three of the believers were released shortly after, without explanation. The NISS, which is notoriously hard-line Islamist, has authority to detain ‘suspects’ for up to four-and-half months without charges. Sources told Morning Star News (MSN) that the authorities were targeting converts from Islam in Darfur who were routinely detained, threatened and tortured to recant.
Eleven days later, on Sunday 21 October, all but one of the remaining Christians were released. Darfuri church leader and evangelist, Tajaldin Idriss Yousif, was released on Monday 22 October. A source told MSN: “All of them were said to be tortured by NISS and are in bad shape. One of them is said to be in a critical condition owing to torture. He is said to have been vomiting and bleeding. He was rushed to a hospital, but he was not attended to by the physicians in that hospital.” Sources report that authorities have threatened to charge Tajaldin Idriss Yousif with the capital crime of apostasy, as well as with public disturbance and crimes against the state.
Since the 2011 secession of South Sudan, the NCP-led GoS has redoubled its efforts to fully Arabise and Islamise Sudan. It is no wonder that Sudan is now ranked fourth on the watch list of countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.
Source: Christians Faith and Freedom
- Pray for Sudan: “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the humble.” Psalm 10:12 (NKJV).
- Pray that God will comfort, encourage and lead the Church in Darfur; may believers not be fearful or discouraged.
- Pray for God’s provision and guidance for our brothers and sisters in Sudan.