Sudanese Christians trapped after being ordered out

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Christians in Sudan trying to flee to South Sudan are being stopped at the border.

Sudan (small)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 reports.

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 period.

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