By BosNewsLife Africa Service

Christians boarding bus to South Sudan.
Christians boarding bus to South Sudan.

KHARTOUM, SUDAN (BosNewsLife)– Some 1,500 Christians trapped in Sudan are on their way to neighboring South Sudan, as part of a massive rescue operation dubbed ‘Exodus’, an aid group told BosNewsLife Thursday, March 21.

The Christians bring the total of rescued believers under the program to roughly 3,800 – almost double the number originally planned, explained Barnabas Fund.

“It has been a great privilege for us to be able to help suffering Christians…begin a new life in a place where they can be free to practice their faith in peace and have opportunities to improve their circumstances,” said Patrick Sookhdeo, the Fund’s international director.

A convoy of buses and lorries carrying the Christians and their belongings set off Tuesday, March 19, taking them to a new life in South Sudan, aid workers said.

“They join 2,300 of their compatriots whom we, working with our partners on the ground, Africa Inland Church – Sudan (AIC – S), have either flown or bussed to safety,” Barnabas Fund added in a statement.


Aid workers said they had been “prioritizing” the most vulnerable women, around two-thirds of whom are widows,
and children.

One of them, Ayen, had been living with her family in a displaced persons’ camp in Sudan for three years.

“Living was very difficult,” she was quoted as saying through tears. “We stayed in the open air. Stayed in the water.  Stayed in the strong sunshine. Our children were sick. We had no work… There has been pain and suffering.”

Ayen said she thanked God for her rescue from Sudan. Like many others, Ayen had fled to the North to escape the devastation of the South during a civil war, which ended in 2005.


Displaced Southerners, who are mainly Christian and African, said they experienced much persecution  and discrimination in the overwhelmingly Muslim and Arab North, where they live under sharia, or Islamic, law.

The hostility towards Christians intensified after the South voted to secede from Sudan in January 2011, aid workers said.

“All people of Southern origin in Sudan were stripped of their citizenship and given a deadline to leave. But those like Ayen who were living in desperate circumstance did not have the money and resources to transport themselves and their families to South Sudan,” Barnabas Fund said.

It said the the Exodus rescue mission had been able to bring Ayen “and thousands of other needy Christians”  to safety.


However tens of thousands more Southerners remain stranded in makeshift camps on the outskirts of the Sudanese  capital Khartoum, Thursday, March 21, with rescue workers warning that they were in increased danger.

Sudan “ramps up efforts to rid the country of the remaining Christian presence in what appears to be a systematic campaign,” Barnabas Fund said.

Sookhdeo told BosNewsLife he hopes more people will support the Exodus operation.

“There are thousands of others who need rescuing,” he said.

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  1. I am sorry to see no comments here as Henrik’s point that Islam canont withstand close examination is a brilliant one.The propagation and conservation of Islam depends on benighted masses who follow (sharia) orders like unquestioning sheep and are quite ignorant about the prime writings of their religion. Many are illiterate in any language. Most canont read the original Arabic of the Koran. Even their few “intellectuals” canont make a good case for Islam from their holy writings. Henrik submits that exposure to intellectual scrutiny in the West is dangerous for Islam’s world domination project, as anyone with half an unwashed brain would recoil at the barbarism, the supremacist notions, the poor example set by Mohammed whom Muslims revere and are expected to imitate.Western thinkers will eventually recoil (perhaps too late) but there doesn’t seem to be much danger of Muslims being “corrupted” by the West. Instead, they have remained cohesive and had an impact on the West out of all proportion to their numbers. It is amazing how diabolically they have been programmed into prime loyalty to the cult, even when they are a mere drop in a sea of Westerners.Followers of Islam are used to droning unintelligible tracts and following hundreds of rules unquestioningly. When their self-appointed leaders direct them into the streets, they go. When they’re commanded to strap on a suicide vest, they’re honored. They are programmed to obey. It’s a global Jonestown.The riots vs the cartoons are not because Muslim leaders fear the West’s ridicule. It is basically a show of muscle to the West, cowing the disobedient dhimmi by violence, actual and threatened. Simultaneously, it is another bonding exercise for Muslims, reminding Muslims in the West that they are to remain a fifth column, and hostile to their hosts whom they are told repeatedly is hostile to Islam. We could only wish that were true.


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