A Sudanese intellectual leader recently said that, after the ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir in April, the current turmoil in that country presents “a time of great hopes and terrifying fears.” The fear was manifest on June 3rd, when security forces fired on protestors, killing and injuring scores.
Faith McDonnell at the Institute of Religion and Democracy believes that “the Islamists’ agenda has not changed, but this is the moment to change Sudan.” She is the Director of Religious Liberty Programs and of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan. Faith writes and speaks on the subject of the persecuted church.
She has drafted legislation on religious persecution for the United States Congress. In June 2007, her book, Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children, was published by Chosen Books. She is a Contributing Editor to
Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy and writes for many publications.
The Rt. Reverend Andudu Adam Elnail, Bishop of Nuba Mountains, has two important distinctions as a bishop in the Episcopal Church of Sudan. The first is that he was the youngest bishop ever ordained in the entire Anglican Communion. The second is that he is the bishop of a region that has experienced genocidal jihad twice within two decades.
Bishop Andudu leads the diocese in the Khartoum-targeted region, the Nuba Mountains, which the State Department calls by its Arab-colonized name, “South Kordofan.” The Nuba have been victims of ethnic cleansing, aerial bombardment, scorched earth destruction, and other methods of genocide first during the Sudan Civil War and then again beginning in 2011. In spite of this, the church in the Nuba Mountains continues to grow. Bishop Andudu has baptized and confirmed thousands of new converts so far this year.
The bishop came to the United States in May 2011 for medical care, just a few weeks before Kadugli’s All Saints Cathedral, his home, and the rest of his church complex, were ransacked and looted by armed men calling his name. He later learned that his name had been placed on a death list, and he has been granted asylum in the United States, making frequent pastoral visits back to his diocese.
is from the Beja people group in eastern Sudan. He is the co-founder of the Beja Organization for Hum
an Rights and Development and of the American Mideast Coalition for Democracy.
Mr. Ahmed taught at Red Sea University in Sudan, Department of Statistics and Population Studies, where he was also the director and co founder of the Beja Cultural Studies Center. Since coming to the United States Mr. Ahmed has devoted his professional career to research. He is working on ways to improve the tracking of the actions and intentions of African and Middle East terrorists.
Daowd Salih is the co-founder and president of Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, a human rights and advocacy organization created by the leaders of the Massaleit Community in Exile to bring help and awareness to the Massaleit and all of the people groups from Darfur that have been targeted for genocide by the National Islamic Front regime.
While still in Sudan, Mr. Salih represented Darfur as an executive member of the Sudan National Party and worked as a Field Officer with the German Red Cross/Swiss Red Cross/Sudanese Red Crescent. In Egypt he studied mass media and mass communication with the Training Institute of African Broadcasters and the Union of African Journalists in Cairo.