Church flattened in Sudan; Christians in Nuba bombings

March 4, 2014 by  
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The Church of Christ

The Church of Christ building was bulldozed on 17 February

Sudan, February 25, 2014: A church was demolished and its land confiscated by the Sudanese authorities as part of an ongoing campaign to rid the strict Islamic country of its Christian presence.

The Church of Christ building in the Ombada area of Omdurman was bulldozed without prior notice on 17 February. Police and officials from the National Intelligence and Security Services, who oversaw the demolition work, said that the 300-member church was not wanted in a “Muslim area”.

Since the secession of the majority-Christian South Sudan in July 2011, the Sudanese authorities have destroyed numerous church buildings, clamped down on Christian activity and targeted individual Christians in various ways. Believers have been subjected to harassment, arrests and death threats; foreign Christians have been deported.

President Omar al-Bashir is carrying out his repeated promise to strengthen sharia law and make the country 100% Islamic and Arab following the split.

A brutal campaign of ethnic and religious cleansing in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan state, which has one of the largest Christian populations in Sudan, is also part of this agenda. The Sudanese military has been attacking the territory since June 2011, claiming the lives of many civilians.

On 10 February, a 30-year-old Christian man was killed in the bombing of Damardago village. Two others Christians, including a 13-year-old girl, sustained burns and other injuries in the attack. Homes were hit by bombs dropped on Aberi and Heiban on 8 and 9 February respectively.

Intensifying bombing campaigns have been targeting civilians. According to Nuba Reports, 93 bombs were dropped on civilian areas in December, more than the combined total for October and November; the figure for January was at least 120. The total since April 2012 is nearly 1,500 bombs.

The Nuba people have previously been targeted by Khartoum; more than 500,000 of their number were killed in the 1990s. Many Nuba people allied with the South during the long and bloody civil war in which the North fought to Islamise and Arabise the South. But when South Sudan became an independent nation, South Kordofan remained part of Sudan, leaving it even more vulnerable to Khartoum’s aggression. In a non-binding referendum in October 2013, 99.9% of people in the Abyei area of South Kordofan voted to become part of South Sudan.

–  morning star news

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