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Christian proselytizing activities in Sudan are limited, says minister

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April 17, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s minister of Guidance and Endowments, Al-Fatih Taj El-sir, downplayed the existence of Christian proselytizing activities in the country while announcing that no new licenses for building churches will be issued.

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South Sudanese worshippers attend Sunday prayers in Baraka Parish church at Hajj Yusuf, on the outskirts of Khartoum, February 10, 2013 (Reuters)

The official, who spoke before the parliament on Wednesday, pointed out that no new churches have been established since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011 due to lack of worshipers and the growing number of abandoned churches.

He went on to say that there will be no need for new churches as the existing ones can accommodate worshipers but stressed that the freedom to worship is guaranteed in Sudan.

Since early 2013, Sudanese authorities have started scrutinizing the activities of Christian organizations in the country.

Following the detention of a recent convert to Christianity and several Coptic Church representatives in December 2012, authorities have reportedly destroyed several churches in and around the Khartoum area.

A number of foreigners accused of proselytizing were also deported, while authorities conducted raids on a number of religious institutions, confiscating books to check on their content.

Several church-affiliated institutions such as orphanages or schools have also been closed, according to the Geneva-based World Council of Churches, a global ecumenical church body.

In April 2012, a violent crowd ransacked the compound of a Presbyterian church in Khartoum, burning Bibles and looting the buildings.

In a separate incident last June, bulldozers sent by officials from the ministry of planning and housing destroyed two church buildings belonging to the St John Episcopal Church in Khartoum, claiming worshippers lacked a permit to occupy the land.

Sudanese officials including president Bashir made it clear that following South Sudan’s independence the upcoming constitution will be "100% Islamic" but opposition parties say that this is a cover for oppressive laws.

Some critics assert that the separation of Sudan into north and south in July 2011 was in part a result of Khartoum’s insistence on Islamic law.

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  • 18 April 2013 10:10, by Rev John Khamis Kamunde

    That is very sad, and all the Humanitarian organization, the UN body is just quite.
    Come and see the Muslims here in the South, even the government do give them money for their pilgrimage expense to Saudi.
    Take it easy my dear Christians brethren in Sudan, we are together with you in the spirit of prayers, do not be afraid trust God Almighty and we believe that He will intervene.

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  • 18 April 2013 10:44, by Wunditda

    It’s realy an agony to hear our fellow-christians facing a lot of suffering in that scorching injustices and lack of freedom of worshipping. Those Islamic zealots MUST not forced people to worship their evil spirit.

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  • 18 April 2013 12:11, by trinitri

    bad, really bad, fighting for religion

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  • 18 April 2013 13:13, by hamil

    Christianity is the most popular Religion in the World with 33.8% followers. It doesn’t preach polygamy, Terrorism, berberism or killing. And make no mistake people are not foced to follow Christianity the follwers come at free will but the muslims want to convert people by use of force against their will. If they don’t wamt Christianity in Sudan, they can not stop the power of GOD operating there

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  • 18 April 2013 14:15, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will change soon. People should have the right to profess their religions in an appropriate place.

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    • 18 April 2013 16:25, by Nyiktulee

      Help to pray for our brothers and sisters in North Sudan, God shall open a way for them to worship as ye did for South Sudanese. Now they are free and wellcome other religious practice in their country especially Muslim religion. Freedom of religen is all over the world but not North Sudan.

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  • 18 April 2013 21:30, by panom lualbil

    Why christians struck themselves at khartoum since we welcomed all kinds from north to south after separation?

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  • 19 April 2013 00:12, by Jubawe

    Why people to build new church khartoum as you known north sudan still keep Bin Laddin Uncles allie there in Khartoum soon Bhasir throw from power, khartoum will not take either black muslim or christian. my advice to all you Juba is land for opportunity. Jubawe master

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    • 19 April 2013 16:38, by no peace with north

      I have already narrated the background of Muslim to those who didn’t know that the Islamic religion is a fake religion. It was created by criminal Mohamed as their believe that killing innocent will lead them to heaven while Christian believe that helping innocent will lead them to heaven. Which one is accrete? can any Muslim answer for me that?

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