Vastly different opinions from the Sudans on US decision on Jerusalem

It appears that South Sudan and Sudan have vastly different opinions on the US government announcement on Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Here are extracts of two articles on that:

South Sudan lauds U.S. Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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December 9, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government on Saturday lauded the decision of the President of the United States Donald Trump in which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed to begin the procedure of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Sudanese protest against Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

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Decembers 8, 2017 (KHARTOUM) — Hundreds of protesters in the Sudanese capital rallied on Friday to condemn the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as the U.S. embassy warned its citizens of the protests.

Although persecuted, Sudan’s Christian population is growing

Life may be awful in Muslim Sudan, but it is even worse in largely-Christian South Sudan. Link to image.

“IF SOUTH SUDAN secedes,” Omar al-Bashir told supporters at a rally in 2010, “we will change the constitution”, paying no attention to “diversity of culture”. The Sudanese president revisited the subject two years later. “Our template is clear: a 100% Islamic constitution,” he said in a speech to Muslim leaders in the capital, Khartoum. As for non-Muslims: “Nothing will preserve your rights except for Islamic sharia.”

The south seceded in 2011, taking with it most of Sudan’s Christians. After the split churches in the north were burned. Then came demolitions: at least 20 since 2011. Four took place in August this year. About 27 other churches are listed for bulldozing. The government says it is merely removing unlicensed buildings. But only churches seem to be getting knocked down. In any case, the government announced in 2013 that it would no longer grant licences for the construction of new churches. “Christians have no rights here any longer,” says Reverend Kuwa Shamal of the Sudanese Church of Christ, one of several church leaders who have been arrested on specious charges of spying and undermining the constitution.

Sudan’s treatment of Christians has long been dire. Forced assimilation in the 1980s and 1990s helped spark its decades-long civil war. “Denial of religious freedom” was cited by Bill Clinton, then America’s president, among his reasons for imposing sanctions on Sudan in 1997. A peace agreement with southern rebels in 2005 brought some respite, but “after the independence of South Sudan the government decided there was no space for Christians,” says Muhanad Nur, a human-rights lawyer in Khartoum.

Many Western observers agree. On November 17th America’s deputy secretary of state, John Sullivan, told Sudan to stop smashing churches. Open Doors, an NGO, ranks Sudan as the fifth-worst country in the world for the persecution of Christians. In June, American congressmen from both parties wrote to President Donald Trump urging him to delay lifting sanctions for another year, citing in particular “state-sanctioned persecution of Christians”. (They were lifted anyway on October 12th to prise Sudan from the orbit of Iran, a long-standing ally.)

Although foreigners focus on Sudan’s central government, much of the repression is happening locally and sporadically. Church demolitions in Khartoum, for instance, are carried out by local authorities. Many suspect they are more interested in grabbing valuable land than in suppressing religious minorities. The governor of Khartoum, Abdel Rahim Muhammad Hussein, has threatened to kick out tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees, many of whom are Christian. He claims they cause insecurity and spread disease. Such words are worrying when coming from a man who, like Mr Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.

Yet Sudanese citizens are far more welcoming. Sudan still has many Christian schools, most of whose pupils are Muslim. And many of the Christians that Sudan lost when the south broke away have since returned: about half a million South Sudanese have crossed the border since the start of a civil war there in 2013. Father Juma Charles of St Matthew’s Catholic Cathedral in Khartoum says that so many of his flock have returned that prayer centres that were closed in 2011 are open again.

This article appeared in the Middle East and Africa section of the print edition under the headline “Rendering unto Bashir”

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Some of the main news items for this week

Below is extracts of articles with some of the most important news information this week. The news on the revocation of many of the long-standing sanctions against Sudan is by far the most news-worthy item of the week. Click on the links to access the full articles.

US revokes Sudan sanctions

On 6 October, the US decided to revoke long-standing economic sanctions against Sudan, in recognition of its progress towards maintaining a cessation of hostilities in Sudanese conflict areas, improving humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintaining cooperation with the US on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism. Although not a condition for revoking the sanctions, the US also secured a commitment from Sudan not to pursue arms deals with North Korea. The revocation is set to take effect on 12 October 2017.

Sudan, however, will continue to remain on the US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism – alongside Iran and Syria – which carries, among other things, a ban on weapon sales and restrictions on US foreign assistance.

One more on that topic:

Trump moves to ease sanctions on Sudan


Bern demands release of Swiss woman abducted in Darfur

The Swiss Foreign Ministry has called for the quick release of a Swiss aid worker who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen from her house in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, on Saturday evening.

South Sudan winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter

War-torn South Sudan “should serve as an example” for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy Carter.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Carter praised the world’s youngest nation for making steady progress in ridding itself of the debilitating parasite despite the “tremendous problems.”

Regular updates available on our blogs

The SSNet [Sudans Support Network] is just what the name implies…a SUPPORT NETWORK…for both Sudan and South Sudan. Many people is involved to bless and change both those nations. Because of what the SSNET does to make change happen is of such a variety in nature, we have created TWO blogs to help supporters follow and support these efforts.

Sudan and South Sudan News Updates

On this blog NEWS updates on Sudan and South Sudan are posted. This would allow you, the reader, insight into how the story of each nation unfolds and what we could do to help.


Here are links to some of the latest stories posted on this blog:

Aid workers in South Sudan blocked by government

South Sudan threatens to suspend UN mission’s air operations over dispute

Sudan warns of massive floods as Nile rises to record levels


People in Sudan’s capital are queuing again for bread 

The U.S. Military Is Cozying Up to Sudan, of All Countries


The S4J Blog

The S4J Blog [Sudan4Jesus Blog] focus on the stories of athletes helping the people of Sudan and South Sudan through fundraising initiatives.

Here is the newest story published. The S4J team served athletes as a water-point during the Romans Pizza Phobians 15 km race.

S4J at Romans Pizza Phobians 15 km race

It was a cold, windy day. Yet hearts were warm at the Romans Pizza Phobians 15 km race. The S4J team had the privilege to serve athletes at a water-point at the 9 km mark. Here is some of the memories of this day. In the LINK to the article, more pics on the day is posted.

We trust that through the two blogs, new, potential and current supporters could be updated regularly.

Together we can make a greater impact. Changing lives and changing nations.

Archbishop of Canterbury declares Sudan new Anglican province

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (second left) and his wife Caroline meet with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (right) in Khartoum on July 30, 2017. Welby declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north. AFP PHOTO | ASHRAF SHAZLY


Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north.
The Anglican Church in Sudan, a majority Muslim country, has been administered from South Sudan since the 2011 split which followed a civil war that left more than two million people dead.
Sunday’s ceremony in Khartoum added Sudan to the 85 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion’s 38 member churches — known as provinces — and six other branches known as extra provincials.
Welby said that creating a 39th Anglican province with its own Khartoum-based archbishop was a “new beginning” for Christians in Sudan.