Christians are celebrating after the new Sudanese government abolished the country’s apostasy law.
Until the law was removed, Muslims in Sudan could be sentenced to death for converting to Christianity. Even discussing other religions could lead to arrest.
This greatly limited Christian evangelism, and Christians were routinely persecuted for their beliefs – including having their property seized by the state.
Sudan has been one of the worst countries in the world for Christian persecution, and is listed as number seven in Open Doors’ World Watch List. But campaigners are hoping for greater freedom under the new government.
An Open Doors expert on sub-Saharan Africa called it ‘an answer to years of fervent prayer by Christians around the world’.