• Leader: President Omar al-Bashir
  • Population: 42.2 million (2 million Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Government: Republic
  • World Watch List Rank: 5
  • Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/Dictatorial paranoia

At least five Sudanese Christians were killed and 12 were imprisoned for their faith in 2016.

Sharia (Islamic law) is the foundation of Sudan's legal system, and leaving Islam is punishable by death; Christians are afraid even to talk about their faith in case this is construed as an 'act that encourages apostasy'. When President al-Bashir wants to gain support his government will often use inflammatory language against the West; Christianity is seen as Western, so this has a knock-on effect on Sudanese Christians.

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Please Pray 

  • For the leaders of Sudan, that the Holy Spirit will change their hearts and use them to bring justice and peace to the country
  • Churches face demolition and have been denied registration. Pray that Christians will still find ways to meet together
  • For protection for Christians, especially those from Muslim backgrounds who face the most intense pressure.


How we help

Through partnerships with the local church, Open Doors equips church leaders in Sudan for different aspects of ministry, supports community development, and provides practical assistance to persecuted Christians. This includes:

  • Literature distribution projects
  • Theological and discipleship training and trauma care training
  • Standing Strong Through the Storm training to help believers to stand firm through persecution
  • Community development projects.


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