Church Elder Fatally Stabbed In Sudan
(Middle East Forum) Christians in Sudan request
prayer against ongoing attempts to seize church property, which led
to the fatal stabbing of a church elder on 3rd April.
Against the wishes of the church denomination, the government has
imposed an illegal committee on the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical
Church. Since 2013 this committee has been selling church properties
to businessmen aligned with the government.
One of the properties involved is the Evangelical School in
Omdurman. On 3rd April Christians had been at the school during a
three-day peaceful protest against the illegal appropriation of the
school by a businessman who is also a policeman. The police came and
arrested all the men, leaving the women behind. Then a group of
about 20 persons, including members of the committee, entered the
premises of the school with knives and other weapons and began to
beat the women.
Several men from the nearby Bahri Evangelical Church rushed to the
church to try and protect the women. The armed men attacked them and
two church members were stabbed. Younan Abdullah, an elder in Bahri
Evangelical Church, later died of his injuries. A second church
member, Ayoub Kumama, was treated at a nearby hospital and has since
Younan is survived by his wife and two young children.
Prior to this attack the police had repeatedly arrested Christians
in peaceful protests at the school, including Younan a week before
he was killed.
During Monday's attack the police were present but failed to
intervene to protect those who were attacked. They also failed to
help Younan after he was stabbed.
Following Younan's death the police arrested Mr Shamshoun Hamoud, a
member of the illegal committee who was identified by eye witnesses
as the person who stabbed Younan. None of the other attackers have
Younan's funeral took place on 4th April at the Evangelical School
in Omdurman. Younan's family were present, as were the United States
Ambassador to Sudan and the Second Secretary of the British Embassy.
Christians in Sudan request prayer:
a. that Younan's family will know the Lord's strength, peace and
b. for wisdom, patience and peace for church leaders and members
as they face ongoing attempts to confiscate church properties,
including the Evangelical School in Omdurman and the compound of
the Bahri Evangelical Church
c. that the perpetrators of the attack will be brought to justice,
subject to a fair judicial process
d. for an end to the increasing pressure against Christians in
Sudan, and that Christians will know the peace of the Lord
e. that those involved in instigating this pressure will love
mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him
Middle East Concern
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