Middle East and North Africa

Khartoum church demolished by police hours after Sunday service

Photo credit: Middle East Concern

Police demolished a Presbyterian Evangelical church in a suburb of Khartoum on Sunday 11 February, hours after the Sunday service had finished.

The church had been scheduled for demolition by authorities since 2016, as one of 25 which the government claimed violated land regulations.

In recent years, Sudan’s government has acceleratedefforts to eradicate Christianity by deporting Christians, shutting down Christian schools and demolishing church buildings. In October 2017, five leaders of a church in Omdurman were arrested and charged with causing “noise pollution” through loud church services.

Prior to destroying the church in Khartoum on 11 February, the police confiscated all the books, equipment and chairs inside the building.