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SUDAN: Travel Ban Appeal Fails for Released Pastors

Two South Sudanese pastors, accused of waging war against the state in neighbouring Sudan, were released from prison but have lost an appeal to have their travel ban lifted.

The appeal to lift it was rejected after it came to light that the country’s security services imposed the ban.

Reverends Yat Michael and Peter Reith were released from prison in Sudan on 5 August but were unable to leave the country. They were first arrested in December 2014 and January 2015 respectively.

Both men, from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church, had been accused of undermining the constitutional system of the Sudanese Penal Code, waging war against the state, disclosure and receipt of official information or documents, arousing feelings of discontent among regular forces, breach of public peace and offences relating to insulting religious beliefs.

 Sources: International Christian Concern, Truth Uganda

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the success of local efforts to ensure that the travel ban is lifted and that the pastors and their families can leave the country and resume their lives.
  • Pray for the safety of these two pastors from extremists who may wish them harm because of their faith.
  • Pray the Lord will use the faithfulness of both pastors as a witness for the Gospel in Sudan.

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