Christians rejoice at the news of the release of one Christian leader from prison in Khartoum, while another pastor who was arrested one week later remains in custody.
Sudanese authorities released Telahoon ‘Telal’ Nogossi Kassa Rata on 10 May, according to sources close to the case. Rata never faced charges and remained in solitary confinement for nearly five months, having been granted only two brief visits with family during that time.
Rata heads the Fellowship of University Christian Students (FOUCS), a student discipleship movement, and ministers with the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, which Sudanese authorities regularly harass with arbitrary arrests, beatings, and building demolitions.
Officers from the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS), Sudan’s notoriously hard-line Islamist intelligence unit, arrested Rata on 13 December 2015 after calling him in for questioning, and held him at Kober Prison in Khartoum. Rata’s imprisonment represents part of a larger crackdown on Christian church leaders in Sudan that began in December 2015.
Sudan continues to hold Rev Hassan Abduraheem Taour without charge after his arrest on 21 December 2015. Taour suffers from a stomach ulcer and has been transferred to custody of the Attorney General, who is preparing to bring him up on serious criminal charges. Authorities have blocked Taour’s access to family and legal counsel.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Join with family and church members in Sudan who are giving praise to the Lord for the release of this brother.
- Ask God to heal, strengthen and restore Rata after his terrible ordeal. Pray the Lord will use his testimony to strengthen the faith of other believers.
- Ask the Lord to intervene in Taour’s case; pray for justice.