Report: Over 150 Churches Attacked Amid Sudan War

Since April, over 150 churches in Sudan have suffered damage or destruction due to the ongoing conflict, reports the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

The clash between Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces has resulted in thousands of casualties and severe harm to religious communities. USCIRF warns that religious sites are specifically targeted, causing widespread destruction.

Commissioner Mohamed Magid emphasized the sanctity of religious sites under international law, expressing concern over their continued violation in Sudan.

Notable incidents include the burning of an Evangelical church in Wad Madani in January, and attacks on religious leaders, such as the murder of a Presbyterian member and the assault on Evangelical Pastor Kowa Shamal.

The conflict has displaced millions and disproportionately affected Sudan’s Christian minority, constituting 4.5% of the population. Sudan ranks eighth on Open Doors’ World Watch List for Christian persecution.

The conflict’s origins trace back to the 2021 military coup, which reversed prior progress in religious tolerance. Despite initial strides, Sudan’s religious communities now face heightened insecurity and fear for their future.

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