Sudan Says No More New Churches
Citing stagnant church attendance and an increasing number of abandoned buildings, the Sudanese government has announced that it no longer will issue licenses to Christian churches.
Following the secession of South Sudan in 2011, churches in Khartoum and other northern cities have seen attendance drop as many worshipers have migrated south (not all by choice). As a result, Sudan's minister of Guidance and Endowments, Al-Fatih Taj El-sir, says "there will be no need for new churches as the existing ones can accommodate worshipers."
But Christian Solidarity Worldwide says the freedom to worship in Sudan is under attack, reporting "at least 55 Christians linked to the Evangelical Church in Khartoum were detained without charge" in February alone.
CT previously has reported on anti-Christian backlash in Sudan, even though the president has pledged to guarantee religious freedom. CT also noted how Christians in South Sudan model a "different kind of hope."