Christian Refugee Children in Sudan Denied Food Unless They Recite Islamic Prayers

A South Sudanese girl living in the North reacts during Christmas day celebrations at a Catholic church in the Umbada locality of Omdurman December 25, 2013.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH)

Christian children in Sudanese refugee camps are being denied food unless their recite Islamic prayers, a Roman Catholic charity reports.

An Aid to the Church in Need worker said that the children from South Sudan are in a “terrible situation” at the camps in neighboring Sudan.

“We have heard stories where children are conditioned to say Islamic prayers before [being] given food. This is not right. These children are Christian. They should be respected for that,” said the ACN source, who chose to remain anonymous.

The contact estimated that as many as 700,000 South Sudanese Christians are refugees in Sudan.

“The majority are left in camps, some in a very terrible situation. They are confined in those places. They are not allowed to go further north to the cities,” the source added.

ACN added that the refugees who’ve fled South Sudan’s ongoing civil war need government assistance to survive, but monthly food parcels for a whole family barely last over two weeks.

What is more, the Islam-dominated government of Sudan has reportedly been hampering church agencies.

“The government knows very well that the Church is the body in the world that supports enormously the needy around the world. The Muslim community have a charity, so the Christians have a charity, so that possibility should be given so that the people are supported,” the contact said.

He compared the suffering refugees to the young Jesus Christ who fled with his parents to Egypt as a child.

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SOURCE: Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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