Sudan’s Deadly Protests Over Elections Signals Long Road to Democracy and Religious Freedom for Christians

Protesters in Sudan gathered over the slow pace toward civilian-led elections, in the wake of Omar al Bashir stepping down in April. On Monday, Sudan’s military abandoned the talks, and security forces opened fire on protesters, killing 35.

Sudan in Conflict

Once Bashir stepped down, the Transitional Military Control gained rule over Sudan. However, civilians are eager for a new election and demand a civilian-led interim body.

“The protesters who are saying no, we want elections, we want the military out of there. We want a democracy. I mean, they’re really going for it at this point in time. And now we’re seeing the kickback,” a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Greg Musselman says.

Impacts on Christian Minority

Currently, Sudan is ranked* as the sixth most difficult country to live as a Christian. Much of the persecution Christians face comes from Islamic oppression in the form of violence and pressures against the church life, family life, national life, community life, and private life.

How do this protest and military response connect to the Persecuted Church?

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn