Four bombs dropped on Holy Cross School in the Kauda region of Sudan that day in February 2000. Twenty-three were killed. Most of the dead were between 8- and 15 years old. Addil, 11, lost his arm.
"He was not a victim at the World Trade Center, but of another type of terror," Lane told Christianity Today. "That is terror of our family members because they are Christian. There hasn't been much attention to international persecution matters since September 11. My concern right now is that we don't turn so inward that we forget about our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world."
Lane is not the only policy observer concerned that religious liberty efforts will be forgotten. The Bush administration is seeking support from countries such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, which have been criticized in previous years by the U.S. State Department for religious rights infringements.
The United States Committee on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) voiced concern to President Bush on Friday that "in forging alliances against terrorism, the United States [would] compromise its commitment to human rights—including religious freedom—and democracy. We oppose policy tradeoffs."
Robert Seiple, president and founder of the Institute for Global Engagement and former U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, told Christianity Today that religious freedom will likely drop in priority.
"One thing you lose in these circumstances ...1
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