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Sudan detains dozens of Christians as persecution continues

February 21, 2013

Sudanese authorities have detained over 55 Christians in the past two weeks, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a group that monitors the persecution of Christians.

The arrests follow a media campaign against Christianity and the closing of Christian schools in Sudan, which is sometimes called North Sudan.

Two million lost their lives in the long Sudanese civil war (1983-2005) between the Muslim north and the largely animist and Christian south. The civil war ended when President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court, granted the south limited autonomy. While South Sudan gained its independence in July 2011, Christians remain in the north, and a cardinal governs the Archdiocese of Khartoum, the north's capital.


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  • Posted by: Salome - Feb. 21, 2013 5:05 PM ET USA

    But you mustn't let Robert Spencer speak at Catholic men's functions because that might upset Catholic-Muslim relations.