2 Christian Pastors in Sudan Facing Death Penalty for Their Faith in Jesus Christ

Pastors Kuwa Shamal (left) and Hassan Taour (right)
Pastors Kuwa Shamal (left) and Hassan Taour (right)

Time is running out for two Christian pastors facing a possible death penalty in Sudan, the American Center for Law and Justice is warning as it launches a global petition asking the world to help save the two men.

The Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Rev. Kuwa Shamal have been arrested, transferred, and re-arrested on multiple occasions this past year in the Islamic-majority country of Sudan, with government officials accusing them of national security crimes.

ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow is arguing, however, that the imprisonment and the threat of a death penalty punishment are directly linked to the pastors’ Christian faith, and has warned that if other believers don’t speak up, the government of Sudan will send them to their deaths.

“They could be sentenced to hang for their faith if the world is silent,” Sekulow wrote in an email, linking to the petition.

“Christian Pastors Hassan and Kuwa need your voice now. Time is of the essence, as the trial continues. Our silence could be their death,” he added.

“Other Christians facing death in Sudan are now free because you spoke out. Be heard now for these persecuted Christians.”

Sudanese authorities have arrested numerous Christian pastors in the past couple of years, with South Sudanese Presbyterian Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith also facing a possible death penalty until they were freed from prison in August 2015.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov