Sudan: Churches destroyed on government orders

May 2017: Two churches in Sudan were destroyed on the orders of the regime – with another 25 also facing demolition.

The leveling of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) building in the Algadisia district of the capital, Khartoum on 17th May came 10 days after the government demolished the SCOC church in Soba Al Aradi, the last Christian place of worship in the area.

When the regime announced the list of demolitions of religious buildings which included mosques, the government stated that the churches were built in violation of designated land usage.

An ACN source said: “The government has made it clear that no new churches will be allowed, whereas none of the mosques will face the same reality.”

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