Another evangelical church demolished in Muslim-majority Sudan
There are growing fears for Christians in Sudan after another church was destroyed.
Police in Omdurman, Sudan have demolished the local Lutheran Evangelical church building. The church was close to a mosque that was left standing. Building of any new churches in Sudan is banned so the building cannot be replaced.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide said: “The destruction of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Omdurman is an alarming development that comes amid reports that other Evangelical Lutheran Churches have been destroyed in Sudan in the last fortnight.
“These incidents are part of the government’s systematic restrictions on the rights and freedoms of Sudan’s religious minorities, that principally target the Christian faith. Of particular note is the fact the church in Hai Thura Block 29 was situated metres from a mosque that was allowed to remain standing, highlighting discrimination in the selection process of redevelopment projects.
“The congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church has not only lost its meeting place but also faces permanent displacement, since the government no longer permits the construction of new churches. CSW calls on the Sudanese government to respect the constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of religion or belief, both in law and in practice, and to cease the illegal destruction of Christian places of worship.”
Omdurman is the largest city in Sudan, opposite the capital Khartoum on the west bank of the Nile.
Morning Star News reported that the church, used by Sudanese
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