For years now, Sudan has been a country that has suffered from violence and lack of religious freedom, but lately the fighting has intensified and the situation has escalated enormously. Fighting broke out a few days ago between the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group legalized in Sudan. The Army operates under the command of the current president, General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, while the RSF is led by Vice President Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, alias Hemedti.
Already on the first day of the conflict, the RSF claimed to have taken control of the presidential palace and three airports, including Khartoum. However, to date it cannot be said that they are winning. On the contrary, the fight is spreading and according to various media outlets, close to 300 lives have already been claimed and more than 3,000 injured.
A struggle for power and control of the country, do not forget that Sudan has large gold mines. Therefore, the control of the country between these two forces is motivated by money and control. In these confrontations, those who suffer the most are the persecuted Christian minorities. Regarding how the conflict is affecting the Catholic Church, sources at the scene reveal that: “The Sudanese Catholic Church is very small, since about 95% of the population is Muslim, so citizens Christians are affected. Believers, priests and religious cannot leave their houses. Sunday mass has been canceled and priests are not allowed to celebrate daily mass in churches. The life of faith in crisis areas only takes place at home”.
This ban on gathering and celebrating Mass is one more of the limitations and persecution suffered by Christians in Sudan.