Khartoum authorities to demolish 25 churches
Land authorities in Khartoum state have issued a warning notice about the demolition of 25 churches in Sharq Al-Neel and Khartoum North localities for allegedly trespassing into residential areas, a religious leader said.
Meilad Musa, a member of the Sudanese Christian Church, told Radio Tamazuj yesterday that the authorities in Khartoum have been refusing to approve plots for Christians to build places of worship like Muslims.
“The decision has already been issued, the 25 churches are from different denominations in Sharq Al-Neel, so we are calling on the government to give us our rights as Christians, “said Musa.
He pointed out that the Christians in Sudan usually buy lands officially to build their churches. Musa called on the government to respect the rights of Christians in Sudan.
Separately, Rev. Yahya Abdurrahman, a pastor of Evangelical Church in Sudan, accused the government of deliberately targeting the churches, describing the decision as a flagrant violation of religious freedom.
“This move targets the churches in Khartoum, because they always acclaim that these churches have trespassed into public places, but it I think it a plan,” said Yahaya.