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The Church Persecuted

Here, we aim to offer support for those committed to pray in support of Christians around the world who face persecution.  In particular, we include below brief details of the nation for this month, provided from the Open Doors ministry.  For further information to support you as you pray, click on the links at the bottom of the page.

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WHO IS THE LEADER OF NORTH KOREA?

Veeran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was ousted in Apri 2019 following months of protests against his 30-year authoritarian rule.  A transition military council was then sworn in with the aim of moving Sudan towards civilian rule over a period of three years, but protests have continued.

HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN NORTH KOREA?

Two million Christians live in Sudan -- less than five percent of the total population of 41.5 million.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN NORTH KOREA?

Historically, Islam is deeply embedded in Sudan's socieety and the ruling elite aims to enforce an Islamic regime in the country.  Sudan has been run by an authoritarian regime ever since al-Bashir came to power through a coup in 1989.  The government is strictly implementing the policy of one religion, one culture and one language.  There is no freedom of the press and no freedom of expression.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN NORTH KOREA?

In the Nuba Mountains thousands of Christians have been killed and displaced as the government seeks to ethnically cleanse the region of minority groups.

In other parts of the country, many churches have been demolished, and church leaders have been arrested for speaking out against perscution.  Blasphemy laws are being used to persecute Christians - many are afraid to share their faith for fear that they will be accused of 'acts that encourage apostasy against Islam'

Leaving Islam to follow Jesus is illegal and can be punished with the death sentance, and believers from muslim backgrounds often keep their faith completely secret.  Some have been placed under house arrest by their families when their new faith was discovered.

For more details please see the following websites:

Open Doors      Christian Solidarity Worldwide       Release International

 
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