Understanding the Crisis

Islamic Sudan has experienced a series of revolutions coup d'états and wars since it was granted independence, 1 January 1956. The present crisis began in December 2018 when Omar Al Bashir’s dictatorship imposed emergency austerity measures to stave off economic collapse. Mass protests in the capital of Khartoum and violent crackdowns led to a Council of generals assuming power, 11 April 2019, with a seven member Transitional Military Council (TMC). Violence escalated against protestors who were demanding a prompt return to civilian rule. On 17 August, the military government and civilian opposition alliance signed a power sharing deal which has sparked hopes of some level of peace and freedom coming to the country.

What has led to this extraordinary development? Is it possible that the war against the Christians in the Nuba Mountains could end? What was actually agreed on? Could this be a genuine movement that heralds freedom for Sudan? What have our missionaries learned on the ground? What can we do to help Christians who have been suffering in Sudan for many decades?

“From beyond the rivers of Cush My worshipers, My scattered people, will bring Me offerings.”

Zepaniah 3:10

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