Two churches burned down in Sudan
According to Radio Dabanga, two churches have been burned down by arsonists over the past month. Radio Dabanga received a report from a local lawyer and human rights defender named Dimas Marajan who said that though there have been some changes in Sudan since the fall of Bashir, violence against Christian communities has continued.
Marajan said that the first attack took place on the 29th of February in Omdurman, Khartoums twin city across the river. The building belonged to the often persecuted Sudanese Church of Christ. The second burning took place on the 9th of March, when militants burned down a church in Bout village of Blue Nile State. These attacks followed just a couple of months after three churches were burnt down in South Eastern Sudan.
In April of 2019, Omar al-Bashir, the longtime dictator of Sudan, was ousted in a coup d’état. With this overthrow, there was a lot of hope for persecuted religious minorities to gain freedom. However facts show that the expected change has not reached the expectations.
So far, the new government in Sudan has promised to return all church properties, disbanded all committees established by Bashir to oversee churches, placed multiple Christians in high level positions and is returning control of church affairs to church leaders.