Middle East and North Africa

Sudan stops Bible shipment for two years

A bible shipment has been detained at Port Sudan for the past two years without explanation, according to reports.

Two containeers were originally seized in 2015 but one was released after an appeal to the authorities. This has left the Bible Society in Sudan without any bibles to use.

Observers hope  that since the US government lifted its 20 year-old sanctions on the country in October, the authorities would be more willing to release the container.

The Sudan government has intensified its crackdown against Christians, demolishing churches, arresting clergy and imposing sharia on the Christian community after the 2011 secession of the predominantly Christian South Sudan.