Christian Genocide in Sudan: A Loud Silence of the World

Farrukh Saif

June 2, 2024

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The situation in Sudan has escalated into an unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe, with a disturbing focus on the persecution and killing of Christians. Yet the world’s response to this Christian genocide unfolding in Africa has been muted at best. As the death toll of Christians continues to mount and millions are displaced, the international community’s indifference is both alarming and inexcusable.

A Christian Genocide: Sudan

Reports from the ground paint a grim picture of systematic ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and targeted violence against Christians perpetrated by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and their Arab allies against the ethnic Massalit and non-Arab Christian communities in Darfur. Eyewitness accounts detail horrific scenes of Christians being indiscriminately killed, mass graves of Christian victims, and the burning of entire Christian villages, reminiscent of the atrocities that unfolded in the region in the early 2000s.

The United Nations (UN) Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, has warned that the circumstances in Darfur, including the widespread killing of Christians, suggest a genocide is occurring or has already occurred. The city of El Fasher, with a significant Christian population and the last major urban center under the Sudanese army’s control, has become a battleground, with over 700 reported deaths in just ten days, according to a medical charity.

A Humanitarian Catastrophe Targeting Christians:

The ongoing civil war between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF has claimed over 10,000 lives, with a disproportionate number of Christian victims, and displaced millions across the country. The RSF’s campaign of violence has targeted Christian men specifically, with the aim of wiping out indigenous Christian Darfuri groups and seizing their land. Entire Christian communities have been uprooted, fleeing to neighboring Chad and other regions, only to face further violence and exploitation at the hands of militias demanding exorbitant fees for safe passage.

The situation has been exacerbated by the lack of access to humanitarian aid organizations, with medical supplies running dangerously low and checkpoints hindering the movement of Christian patients and medical staff. The UN estimates that approximately 15,000 people, including many Christians, were killed in the West Darfur city of El Geneina alone last year.

A Deafening Silence on Christian Persecution:

Despite the mounting evidence of a Christian genocide unfolding in Africa and the staggering humanitarian toll, the international community’s response to this persecution of Christians has been woefully inadequate. As the world’s attention remains fixated on conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, the crisis of Christian killings in Sudan has been largely overshadowed and neglected.

Aid workers on the ground have expressed a sense of hopelessness, lamenting the lack of global interest and action in response to the targeting of Christians. The UN expert on genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, has voiced her frustration at being drowned out by other wars, urging the international community to pay heed to the unfolding Christian tragedy in Sudan.

Action Against Christian Genocide:

The situation in Sudan, with its disturbing focus on the persecution and killing of Christians, demands an immediate and concerted global response. Failure to act will only perpetuate the cycle of violence against Christians and embolden the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against humanity. The international community must break its silence and take decisive steps to:

Impose targeted sanctions and accountability measures against those responsible for the atrocities against Christians, including the RSF leadership.

Facilitate unhindered humanitarian access and aid delivery to affected Christian regions.

Establish a robust peacekeeping force to protect Christian civilians and prevent further escalation of violence.

Initiate comprehensive investigations into the Christian genocide and crimes against humanity, ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice.

The world cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the suffering of Sudanese Christians. Inaction in the face of such Christian persecution and genocide in Africa is a betrayal of our shared humanity and a stain on the collective conscience of nations. The time to act against this Christian tragedy is now before the situation spirals further into an abyss of unimaginable horror.

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Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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