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These refugees fled their homes due to violence.
Hundreds of thousands of others may also
have to leave Sudan by April 8.
Photo: Assist News

South Sudanese Christians have just a couple of weeks to leave the north or risk mistreatment by the Islamic-majority Sudanese government. Former citizens, known by the Sudanese government as "southerners," were stripped of nationality after South Sudan's January 2011 vote to secede (for more on the secession, click here). They now have until April 8 to leave or establish alien residency, though no residency terms have yet been established. The ultimatum will impact between 500,000 and 700,000 people who are mainly Christians of southern origin that still live in the north.

Sudan amended its laws after the South's independence to say that Sudanese people automatically lose citizenship when they acquire by right or by other means the citizenship of South Sudan. Sudanese people in the north with any parents, grandparents or great grandparents born in South Sudan or belong to any southern ethnic group are considered South Sudan nationals. Some church leaders fear increased persecution of Christians in the north or even forced repatriation for those who may want to stay.

Please pray that Christians in Sudan will be guided by the Lord during this difficult time. Pray that the government will cease in its strategy to persecute Christians remaining in the north. Pray that, in all things, Christians in Sudan and South Sudan will remain steadfast in their faith (1 Peter 5:8-10).

For more information on persecution in Sudan, visit the Sudan Country Report.

Country Information

46,751,152 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Sudanese Arab (70), Fur, Beja, Nuba and Fallata (30)

Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

President (vacant)
Military transitional council under General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Islamic law and English common law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Sudan

Pray that Christians throughout Sudan will continue to entrust themselves to Christ and preach the Gospel boldly, knowing Jesus is the ruler over the kings of the earth (2 Timothy 1:7-12, Revelation 1:5).

Pray also that peace, justice and religious freedom may be firmly established.


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Sudan News

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    Hands raised in worship
    Pray that believers will be able to continue meeting together.

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  • Couple's Marriage Considered Illegal and Adulterous
    Wedding couple at sunset

    A married Christian couple living in Gezira State, Sudan, is on trial for adultery after the wife's family filed charges against them. The case relates to the legitimacy of their religious conversions, along with a law that prohibits a Muslim woman from being married to a non-Muslim man.