- Sep 21, 2020
While tense relations between religious groups contribute to violence in many parts of the world today, Christians and Muslims in the war-ravaged Nuba Mountains of Sudan say they are getting along just fine.
In attempting to build better relations with Sudan and get the country to a place where it can be removed from the State Department’s list of countries of concern in respect to religious freedom, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, emphasized that “interfaith understanding, respect, and the protection of religious freedom and other human rights are bulwarks against extremism.”
The life of St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan is one example of the Church’s immense capacity for witness in our world today and of her ability to offer a beneficial contribution to humanity’s struggle with darkness and hopelessness. She can become the source of living lessons to humanity about human dignity, goodness, hope and joy.
About 1,000 Sudanese nationals in the United States, who are now protected from deportation, could be sent back to their homeland by the Trump administration. The country experienced armed conflict from the 1980s until 2005. Many fled to various parts of the world, including the United States. An official of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, known as CLINIC, called it “a cruel and inhumane decision.”
South Sudanese children in refugee camps in Sudan were facing “a terrible situation” by being pressured to become Muslim. There are nearly 2 million refugees fleeing South Sudan’s ongoing civil war. The bishops of the country say the killing, torture, and rape of civilians being committed by both the government and rebel forces are war crimes.