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April 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – An Islamic fundamentalist group in Sudan made an attempt to bring down a church in the capital Khartoum and eventually managed to set it on fire.

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A Bishop stands in front of the altar during Easter Sunday service at Episcopal Church of the Sudan Diocese of Khartoum All Saints Cathedral in Khartoum April 24, 2011 (Reuters)

The group’s supporters led by hard-line figure Muhammad Abdel-Kareem gathered at 60th Street, a main road of Khartoum, and marched towards the Anglican Church located in the Sawafi area.

They were met by Sudanese security forces which surrounded the church and prevented the group from entering it by imposing a cordon.

However, some individuals from the group managed to sneak through the barrier and set the church on fire.

The church contains a home for the elderly, clinic, educational classrooms and houses students as well as monks.

There were no reports of injuries and Sudan Tribune was unable to reach a police official to comment on the incident.

Residents of the area told Sudan Tribune that the same group has threatened to attack the church before and called for deportation of southerners whom they described as foreigners.

They made the same threat following Sudanese army’s announcement that it had recaptured the Heglig region, which was invaded by South Sudan troops last week.

Khartoum has ruled out dual citizenship for more than 500,000 southerners who have lived in the north for decades and started treating of them as foreigners this month after the end of a grace period.

South Sudan became an independent state last July after its citizens voted overwhelming in early 2011 in favour of seceding from the north.

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  • 22 April 2012 10:47, by Diu J.Kuek

    Let them continuous doing their dirty work while International community are watching.

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  • 22 April 2012 10:51, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    ISLAM IS EVIL IN THE NAME OF GOD. GOD OF MORAL PERFECTION their wicked behaviours EXPOSING THE EVIL TRUTH OF ISLAM: A GOD OF ALL PEACE, LOVE, MERCY AND GOODNESS A GOD OF MORAL PERFECTION OR AN EVIL ALLAH the ANTIGOD OF EXTERMINATION, GENOCIDE, MURDER, ASSASSINATION, HATE,TERROR, TORTURE, BRUTALITY, RAPE, SLAVERY. GOD IS NOT A CRIMINAL. GOD IS NOT A MALE CHAUVINIST PIG. ONLY A GOD OF MORAL

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    • 22 April 2012 10:56, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      PERFECTION IS GOD. IF GOD KILLED OR ORDERED THE KILLING OF JUST ONE HUMAN BEING OR ANY OTHER CREATURE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE THEN GOD WOULD NO LONGER BE MORAL PERFECTION AND THEREFORE NO LONGER GOD. GOD WOULD NOT EXIST.
      SUDANESE MUSLIM ARE FAKE BELIEVER

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    • 22 April 2012 11:46, by Chok Deng

      To hell with devilish Islamists,that is the Sudanese Islam conducts.What do u expected from these devils,in few days ago Nafi Ali Nafi described South Sudanese Muslims that ’’the christians in Eriteria are better than South Sudanese Muslims’’ I don’t know what he meant about that.That is a direct confession from Nafi that all Muslims in Sudans (South and Sudan) are evils.

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  • 22 April 2012 10:57, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Where’s Mohammed with his message of peace? How do expect peace to materialize in such a radical nation filled with extremists like this? You seem to preach peace between South Sudan and Sudan while you have no peace at all in own house? Mohammed, this is called hypocrisy.

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    • 22 April 2012 11:04, by Ruach

      This is an indication of cowardic behaviours.They failed to fight SPLA & now killing pple with no guns or any other power.What a noisy neighbour!!

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  • 22 April 2012 11:09, by hellonearth

    thats really mature of the muslims.

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    • 22 April 2012 11:36, by Dinkawarrior

      Hahaha! Hahahah! Hahahaha!

      You denied th damaged pain of Panthou from Mighty SPLA but it will reveal itself! You destroyed Panthou oil and now you’re crying what! What about our oil facilities that you destructed for many months? Why are we not crying? Do you think we don’t like money? I know this is the act of terrorist against the best religion on earth? Shame is alway come from arabs?

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      • 22 April 2012 11:42, by Northern Sudanese

        Dinkawarrior

        STFU YO ASSES GOT KICKED OUT OF HEGLIG........SALVA IS CRYING SECRETLY ON HIW OWN AND WE ARE STILL CELEBRATING.......WE ARE NOT LIKE SOUTHERNERS,IF THERE IS DAMAGE ON AN OIL FACILITY WE CAN AFFORD TO REPAIR IT, BUT YOU CANT EVEN AFFORD FOOD.......YOU CANT AFFORD PETROL IN JUBA IN THE COMING DAYS.......THERE ARE CRISIS ALREADY THESE DAYS........

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        • 22 April 2012 11:58, by BlackMarauders

          Helglig was a smartly played touch that shook the whole of northern Sudan ya "Northern Sudanese" and is only one single attack from all what ur government was doing since we’ve separated.
          Talking about crises, we lived in crises for centuries already.. and the fact is, we’re building a nation (an already known fact, which i don’t need to educate u on).

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          • 22 April 2012 12:28, by Northern Sudanese

            BlackMarauders

            why do you care so much about sudans economy? do you know that when you took Heglig sudans economy was expected to shrink by only 7.2........but that is now not true because we now took heglig back

            i dont see that building a nation thing really, i see destroying a nation......do you know that you lost 98% of your economy and have 4.7 milion hungry people.....where is the building?

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          • 22 April 2012 13:31, by AfroArabian

            BUILDING a nation....? who cares...we already have one..and its MIGHTY. and yes it shook us in the north...but a gentle shake to wake us up...not shock us...now we are ready, wide awake..where r u guys now...? drinking mareesa and crying over Heglig? where is your STRONG defiant government? u were supposed to leave heglig today? why run since friday?

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            • 22 April 2012 17:14, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

              Afroara

              If u dont know what is call military strategies beta silent,u can tells ur enemy that u will complete withdrawal or entering @ the same hour,day/date.that three days was a propoganda to scare u so that forces withdraw at lower cost since no agreement was sign 4 pullout with u but due 2 intl demand to withdraw immediately on no conditions.LEARN MILITARY SKILL OR D@ is y SAF aoz gt ass k

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        • 22 April 2012 12:01, by BlackMarauders

          And tell me how was the 2012 financial budget for Northern Sudan was set (smthng u don’t knw shit about), leave alone the dollar rising to the brim of ur neck... Let’s see north sudan die slowly, Omer’s already peeing on his pants nowm after china demanding the balance for the 50 years deal of oil extraction from Sudan... things u know no shit about

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          • 22 April 2012 14:29, by AfroArabian

            Just like the financial plan for S. SUdan..only wider.. dependent on oil yes...but now what? we have other resources and routes to export them feasibly to compensate the loss...what will u do? BEG?

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          • 22 April 2012 14:34, by AfroArabian

            our budget was planned similar to yours...but bigger of course...yes we now have to compensate for the oil, but we have PLENTY of other things..gold is booming, sesame too, livestock and a feasible means of export to gain more dollars...now...how will you compensate ur ZERO exports? Beg as usual? cry out genocide? even ur neighbours wont let u through, it competes with their budget.

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            • 22 April 2012 14:38, by AfroArabian

              and china is not after us...after all, according to your initial reports and the ignorance of your government, YOU destroyed the oil field and you, out of stupidity, shut off ur own...do you know how much it will cost u JUST to maintain the valves there...let alone the clog in the pipes...an ignorant government driving u STRAIGHT towards a brick wall. hold on to your seats..its gonna get rough 4 u

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      • 22 April 2012 11:45, by allan

        lets them do what is good for them and lets just wait for friday here in juba and lets burn the fuck out of them all

        fuck them all

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        • 22 April 2012 14:42, by AfroArabian

          yes i agree...if they are using the mosques as whore houses like ur ’monks’ do in gereif...they deserve to be burnt...do u know how many under aged girls were raped by your ’priest’ there..and its not hear say...thats why they ordered it closed almost 1 year ago...why r they still here...u just continue to humiliate urselves..is that YOUR religion? or is it just your undignified nature?

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  • 22 April 2012 11:44, by Northern Sudanese

    In my view, this was a bad act in burning a church........ it is true that we now HATE southerners but that doesn’t mean we should set a church on fire......a church is a holy place just like a mosque ...........

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    • 22 April 2012 11:52, by Chok Deng

      To Northern Sudanese
      Don’t pretend here to be a good Muslim,Nafi made it clear that all Muslims in Sudans are devils,because South’s Muslims received their Islam from North.Thanks Nafi u gave us the secret of your Islam.

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      • 22 April 2012 12:32, by Northern Sudanese

        Chok Deng

        you beleve what you want to believe, its your life i dont care!

        but in my personal opinion,we still have 3% of our population which is christian.......we shouldn’t burn 1 of their most vital churches in the country.........

        and Chok Deng, i am not acting, i am talking real...........

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        • 22 April 2012 12:53, by Deng

          OMG even North Sudanese is still alive! I thought he was dead in Heglig or capture! Your name sounds like one of those bitches i see on my TV captured by SPLA forces and brought to Juba as a sample for international community to see

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          • 22 April 2012 16:42, by Northern Sudanese

            Deng

            OH hiiiiiiiiii DENG :)...... i thought that you were killed by an airstrike before we recaptured Heglig and kicked your asses out :) dont worry, we also went shopping for your brothers :)

            this is your dad :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAu9Srotc7Y&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LL2iKEtJHxmKnnz5uF10axyA

            here are your dead brothers ;)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpRuGo6atq4

            dont cry :(

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            • 23 April 2012 09:45, by RazKa

              I read this article and was disgusted enough by the brutality that is going on in Sudan. Reading through the comments however, I was even more horrified by the ignorance that is so representative of the reasons why Sudan is at its current state. "Northern Sudanese," you should be ashamed of yourself. Your attitude, ignorance, and blatant racism are the main reason why Sudan will never progress.

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            • 23 April 2012 09:47, by RazKa

              I for one, can say that I am ashamed at the views that my fellow people hold toward the south and the people of the south. As for the rest of the comments from southerners, please do not mistake what the Sudanese government claims to be Islam with true Islam. Frankly, it’s an insult to me, my religion, and all those who recognize the faults of the Sudanese government. Islam in no way endorses this

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          • 22 April 2012 16:54, by Northern Sudanese

            Deng

            watch this, i think i saw you and your poor mama looking for food :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ3jKjRhsdM

            i have some leftovers at home for ya poor family Deng come and get them :) you will find them in the bin outside :)

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    • 22 April 2012 14:23, by AfroArabian

      Why not burn it...it wasnt a church..or used as a church...why didnt they burn the other churches if it something to do with southerners or christianity.....it was a hiding place for their theives...NOTHING else...and they say ’monks’..who said so...and is a monk allowed to screw a teenaged girl from his church IN his church...thats what it was...just a BIG headache

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      • 22 April 2012 16:23, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

        Mr. Afroarabism,
        Thanks for your name (afroabism); sensible persons must know their roots. I am not a fan of empty discusions; disucussions that only portrate arrogance and ignorance. People of all races with full mature knowledge of war and peace, or war aftermath; must know that both Sudans have long ways to go in terms of economy, geographical boundaries, social and religions’ matters! ...

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        • 22 April 2012 16:43, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

          ... Continuation...
          Economically, both sudans have a long way to go! I would like you those Northerners and southerners to think deep about this statement because it’s not a matter of Southerners running away with crude oil that would make their economy strong! Doing this, sends Southerners to a resting stage or worse, nor is it better for Northerners to be arrogant, stealing the oil and think that they would be find because the Southerners are not going any

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          • 22 April 2012 16:56, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

            ... Where! You saw what happened when arabs in the north took this position- Southerners have nowhere to go!- oil production is shut down. Both countries are living on hand-outs (laons) from other countries, so think twice about matters affecting both Sudans, not a matter of joining the senseless forums. Geographically, both Sudans will remain togather in a way; green pastures will be arabs’ nomads’ temptation and so Southernerss’...

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            • 22 April 2012 17:09, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

              ... I don’t want to spend ages on the computer so I will embark on my opinion about ’church burned in Khartoum.’ the fundamentalists are in all religions but they are not true believers that means they will answer a lot from Allah/God. Afroarabian, ’don’t judge and so you won’t be judge’. You must act an educated. I love to face you in my time; however, what you call north Sudan now will never be the same again! Brother, mark my words.

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    • 22 April 2012 14:27, by sudan

      what the fuck is that made by those of Arabic putting the church on fire by the way that is not big deal international community are watching what they are doing.is because they don,t know what they doing as Jesus says.

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  • 22 April 2012 11:59, by pabaak

    We’ll wait to hear what the UN, AU and Arab league to say about barbaric behaviors in Khartoum, yesterday they were quick to denounce our right to enter our border by termed it an occupation of another sovereign country. What I know there is nothing good will come out from these organizations, because of their history of silence against issues concerning South Sudan.

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  • 22 April 2012 13:08, by E. Defense Forces
  • 22 April 2012 13:15, by Cobra Bior

    look at them behaving like new born. what church got to do wit this issues? oh we know how to pissed your asses off. put the gaddamn koran on the fire and see how your childdish asses gonna react.

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  • 22 April 2012 13:34, by AfroArabian

    Media rubbish...everyone of u niggers knows what that’church’ was..in geraif if u remember..where u launched attacks on innocent civilians during garange’s death..where we taught u a lesson that same evening. and it had a foreclosure on it since last year, but ur shitty gov doesnt CARE about u..it left the remaing theives there...to try and bring a little more revenue to the south..BURN IT

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    • 22 April 2012 13:40, by AfroArabian

      you KNOW the elderly were moved to IOM camp MONTHS ago...and the orphanes to SOS camp in soba..who lived there then? ur bandits..ur thieves...ur vandals..and it wasnt the gov who ordered its destruction..it was the neighbours..fed up of all the daily shit u brought to their neighborhood...yes this is Islam..fighting an enemy in hiding..always hiding...burn the so called ’church’ and send them home

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      • 22 April 2012 13:45, by AfroArabian

        Why didnt they burn the church on 15th street...or the one on Nile street? you KNOW why...u are like the homosexual priests of the USA, taking in children to molest them..we KNOW what ur ’monks’ do inside the ’church’..if u have any sense of religion you would have burnt THEM, not just the ’church’///take care of ur people..bring them home..why blame us for their misfortune.

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  • 22 April 2012 13:56, by Deng

    Breaking news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sudan oil facilities fucked up by SAF bombardment!!!

    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/...

    Great Job SPLA!!!!

    Let them taste the economic impact of war!!!!!

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    • 22 April 2012 14:19, by AfroArabian

      Hey Dengshit...i thought i told u to shut up and answer my questions...Oyeee ....what a prick u are

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      • 22 April 2012 14:51, by sober

        In 2005 when Johon Garange died in air crash, a group of southerners gather in Aljerif Garb from near that Church . Most of Aljerif residents wait for the moment to retaliate but Khartoum government according to CPA protect southerners and their Churches. By now ,the government will pay no attention to any southerner in Khartoum and they will be an easy target.

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  • 22 April 2012 14:36, by Hitler

    Where is Banki Moon, Obama, EU, Arab league AU voices; selectively you decide not to speak out when our elderly and sick are being burned in a Church and their property destroyed. Even no criticism about OSAMA’ Bin Laden’s aid being in Sudanese Pantheu - oil production area. Where are you guys heading to. My people will speak again soon and I will hear no nonsense of yours. Selled out for Jalabas.

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  • 22 April 2012 14:46, by AfroArabian

    ANSWER ME..Why didnt they burn the church on 15th street...or the one on Nile street? you KNOW why.?.u are like the homosexual priests of the USA, taking in children to molest them..we KNOW what ur ’monks’ do inside the ’church’..if u have any sense of religion you would have burnt THEM, not just the ’church’..take care of ur people..bring them home..why blame us for their misfortune.

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    • 22 April 2012 16:07, by Antiislamic

      This is why I hate this horrid culture of Arabs they claim to be religion! If Islamic is for peace why don’t you show it to the world? It’s clear to all South Sudanese that there will be limitation of mosques in our nation! Why are we always having mercy on those animals and they don’t? Now it will be eye for eye or church for church? That is it, they started it and we will finish it in Juba

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  • 22 April 2012 16:04, by Konan

    Janobean,
    Many foreigners especially from South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eretria are illegally living there and practicing bad things such as theft, prostitution and alcohol selling, that forced fed up local residents to take necessary action, i.e. their anger was directed towards those people not the church itself.

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    • 22 April 2012 16:22, by Antiislamic

      99.99% of North Sudanese are now practicing terrorism, prostitution, burglary, and too much drinking alcohol! Specially now in our Capital, when the local police asked them why you do this? Their answers come to be one which is South Sudan is free nation! Yes, we are free except those illegally things from you culture are not allowed here in South Sudan!

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      • 22 April 2012 16:40, by Konan

        Antiislamic,

        Do you mean that South Sudan has become a big brothel full of drunken people and prostitutes? Unfortunately, your concept about freedom is perverted.

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  • 22 April 2012 18:05, by acuil deng

    The two groups in history that burned the churches with impunity were: the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), and the Muslims. However, few countries committed that heinous crime in Africa: Apartheid South Africa, Nigeria and Sudan.

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  • 22 April 2012 19:50, by morogot batal

    why are you southerners crying so much of burning the church in khartoum ? we are already in full war scale.for me,this is a good move.and itis time to demolish any mosque in south sudan,we are christian country and tit4tat is the only things to be.mr.president must be very caurage in this otherwise what muslim did to christian church in khartoum is already an order for every christian to act

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  • 22 April 2012 21:24, by Kalid Joseph

    This is the act of the ICC wanted, but not the entire people of Sudan, the muslims (in sudan) are just preparing their way to hell by enforcing the idea of the ICC crimal. kick the ass of the ICC man and be saved from propelling to hell!!!!

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    • 23 April 2012 01:32, by Kurnyel

      There is nothing wrong with insect Church to be burn down. So what are you still doing here? we don’t want you any more because it is you who chose to become Southerners not us. Amen

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  • 23 April 2012 08:40, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Thanks alot Khartoum for doing all those things to South Sudanese and their religion.

    I think it will show the world what you people are trying to drive the country in to all the last years since before the independence.

    God will judge all of us at the day of Judgements.

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  • 23 April 2012 09:57, by Mayol Mach

    Hi all,

    This is an indication that the war has become a religious war
    instead of economic, political and social injustices done by the Arabs. Where is the called International Community and The UNSC whose interest is to keep Bashiir in power so that Sudanese and South Sudanese die in his hand? How can you keep the criminal in power and you said you are a peace loving man?
    Shame on you the UNSC!

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  • 28 July 2012 17:37, by danaray79

    Thanks to a brilliant effort in publishing your article. One can be more informative as this. There are many things I can know only after reading your wonderful article. Thesis Writing.

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