Christians in Sudan trying to flee to South Sudan are being
stopped at the border.
Last year, South Sudan voted to secede from Sudan.
Eventually, Christians in Sudan were told to leave the country.
William Stark of International Christian Concern tells
OneNewsNow many have been migrating toward South Sudan, but the
border has been blocked due to conflict in the area.
"So a lot of these Sudanese Christians in the North who are
ethnically from the South are unable to get there and are facing
increased levels of persecution within the Republic of Sudan," he
The Christians are either trapped along the border or in refugee
camps outside Khartoum, the capitol of Sudan, where they only have
plastic sheeting over their heads. Aid groups have arranged for
transportation to the south for some.
"The most recent chartered flights have focused on the most
vulnerable people, so widows and young people have been transported
down to the South Sudan," Stark says. "But there are still, I
think, something like 500,000 people who are stuck in Sudan who
want to get out."
Prior to the two regions separating, the Muslim-dominated north
waged war against the mostly Christian south, killing approximately
two and a half million Christians and animists over a 25-year
An annual day of prayer for the persecuted Church is coming up
this weekend in the U.S.