Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Christian woman in Darfur, Sudan arrested for evangelizing

Northern Christians are becoming more vulnerable to official and societal pressure as South Sudan prepares to split from the predominantly Muslim north on July 9. Please continue to pray for our Sudanese brothers and sisters!

Compass Direct News is reporting that Sudanese National Security Intelligence and Security Service agents arrested a Christian woman in a Darfur camp for displaced people, accusing her of converting Muslims to Christianity.

At the same time, in Khartoum, a Christian mother of a 2-month-old baby is wounded and destitute because she and her husband left Islam for Christianity.

In Darfur Region in northwestern Sudan, Hawa Abdalla Muhammad Saleh was arrested on May 9 in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Al-Fashir, capital of North Darfur state, sources said.

Abdalla has yet to be officially charged, but authorities have accused her of possessing and distributing Bibles to others in the camp, including children. Sources said she could also be tried for apostasy, which carries the death sentence in Sudan.

Abdalla has been transferred to an unknown location in Khartoum, sources said, adding that they fear she could be tortured as she was detained and tortured for six days in 2009. Intelligence agents, they said, have been monitoring her movements for some time.

In Khartoum, a Christian couple with a newborn said they have come under attack for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Omar Hassan and Amouna Ahamdi, both 27, said they fled Nyala, 120 kilometers southwest of El-Fashir, for Khartoum in June 2010. Knife-wielding, masked assailants attacked the couple on May 4 after relatives learned that they had converted from Islam to Christianity.

The wife was injured while trying to protect her husband during the attack.

You can read the full story here.

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