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A Plea to Sudans President

October 2, 2013 by Open Doors in General

Relief aid distribution in Sudan

The atmosphere in Sudan is becoming increasingly tense as President Hassan Omar al-Bashir has made it clear that the country is now a Muslim state in which Christians have no place. In response, Rev. Andudu Adam Elnail, a Sudanese bishop, wrote a letter to President Obama, calling on him to take action to save the lives of people living in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and Darfur regions. He called for tough actions and pleading for world leaders to pay more attention to the violent campaign against Christians raging inside the country.

Elnail wrote, “Our people feel as though the world has forgotten them. We wonder why you have not acted to end our people’s suffering or that of the people of Darfur, who are still suffering and whose plight is getting worse.

“We continue to be bombed from the air daily. Bombs land on farms and schools, churches and mosques, clinics and markets. Innocent civilians, women and children, are killed carrying on their daily lives. Those who survive live in constant fear.”

In another strong call for action, a collection of 20 international human rights organizations wrote to the UN Human Rights Council outlining serious human rights violations in Sudan during the past year, urging them to address these during its current session. The letter noted that human rights abuses also included religious freedom violations targeting Christian minorities.

Their letter sought to address cases like that of Moses, who was brought up in a Muslim family from whom he experienced severely persecution when he chose to become a Christian. Because of Moses’ faith, his wife left him, his house was burned to the ground and he was forced out of the community. Eventually, Moses found acceptance as a member of an indigenous church in a new location. He remains adamant that he will remain strong in his faith, despite the cost.

Father, there is so much persecution in the world and we so easily focus our prayers on the country most in the news. Strengthen us to remember our fellow Christians in Sudan, to pray fervently for them. We pray that You will use the UN Human Rights Council, though it is an earthly political structure, to continue to address the human rights issues in Sudan. We pray for Moses and other Sudanese Muslim background believers as they face increasing state-sanctioned pressure, intimidation and persecution. Strengthen them to remain faithful and grant them Your wisdom as they seek to live out their faith in the context of increasing Muslim control. In the name of Jesus who calls and equips us to serve Him in the days we are granted to live in this world, Amen.

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