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Region Africa
Christian population 2 013 000 (4.2%)
Main religion Islam
Main threats • Islamic oppression
• Dictatorial paranoia
• Organised corruption and crime
• Clan oppression
• Ethno-religious hostility

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The devastating conflict that broke out in April 2023 is threatening to further undermine the positive steps made towards religious freedom following the ousting of Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

The crisis stems from a power struggle between the National Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). More than 9 000 people have been killed and nearly 6 million displaced. More than 165 churches have closed, and others have been destroyed. Churches have also reported human rights violations such as rape, kidnapping and looting.

There are long-term concerns that the conflict will give Islamic extremists a renewed foothold in the country, undoing the reforms made by the transitional civilian government. More immediately, those who convert to Christianity from Muslim backgrounds continue to face huge dangers.

Meet a convert from Sudan

“Despite all these challenges, I’ll stick to my faith and continue to love and serve Jesus.”

A convert from Sudan excommunicated from her family, whom everybody expected to denounce her new faith.

What does Open Doors do to help?

Open Doors works through local church partners in Sudan to strengthen persecuted Christians through persecution survival training, discipleship training and economic empowerment projects.

Please pray

  • Pray for an end to the violence in Sudan and for provision for Christians who have been displaced.
  • Pray for strength and protection for brave believers who risk so much to serve others during the conflict.
  • Pray that the positive steps towards religious freedom will not be undone but built upon.

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