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Following three days of contradicting media reports, Talisman Energy confirmed today the final sale of all of its interest in the Greater Nile Oil Project in Sudan to ONGC Videsh Limited ("OVL"), a subsidiary of India's national oil company.

Talisman Energy of Calgary, Alberta has been under intense pressure from human rights organizations because of its involvement in this oil project in southern Sudan. Oil revenues have been used extensively by the government to finance weaponry and attacks which have often targeted civilians, including hospitals, churches, and relief centres. Runways supposedly for oilfield purposes only have been used by military planes to conduct these bombings. Government-backed militia groups have been guilty of involvement in massacres, torture of civilians, and other atrocities, including slavery.

With the sale of its interest in Sudan for $1.13 billion CDN, Talisman is hoping to leave behind the problems and controversy that have followed the company since its purchase of these assets in 1998. The problems that the oil development has brought to the people of Sudan, however, will not be as easily disposed.

Pray for the people of southern Sudan who face these ongoing attacks. Pray that the peace talks will be successful and that the government forces will live up to the ceasefire agreements. The feature story of the April edition of The Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter reports on the state of the church in south-eastern Sudan following a visit by Voice of the Martyrs earlier this year. Subscribe today to receive a twelve-month subscription to Canada's only monthly magazine on Christian persecution. Go to www.vomcanada.com/nlonline.htm.

Country Information

43,120,843 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Sudanese Arab (70), Fur, Beja, Nuba and Fallata (30)

Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

President (to be determined)
Transitional leadership in place

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Islamic law and English common law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Sudan

Pray that Christians throughout Sudan will continue to entrust themselves to Christ and preach the Gospel boldly, knowing Jesus is the ruler over the kings of the earth (2 Timothy 1:7-12, Revelation 1:5).

Pray also that peace, justice and religious freedom may be firmly established.


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Sudan News

  • Government Advisor Beaten and Threatened
    Botrous Badawi - Photo: Morning Star News www.morningstarnews.org
    Botrous Badawi recovering in hospital.
    Photo: Facebook via Morning Star News

    Masked gunmen attacked a government religious affairs worker on the night of July 2nd, threatening to kill him for supporting the return of church properties to Christian communities. Botrous Badawi, a Christian and advisor

  • Christian Leader Beaten for Protesting Church Burning
    Wood carver in Sudan - Photo: Flickr/Claudiovidri
    Wood carver in Sudan
    Photo: Flickr/Claudiovidri

    The ninth church building within the past two years was set ablaze in Sudan on January 3rd, 2021. In the weeks leading up to the recent arson attack, hate messages against the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) in the rural Tambul area of Al Jazirah stat

  • Three Young Christians Assaulted
    The city of Khartoum

    Three young Christians were assaulted in a suburb north of Khartoum on October 6th because of their faith in Christ. Levi Hakim, 17, had entered a shop when a Muslim man grabbed him and dragged him behind a mosque. There, two others joined in the attack, declaring their disdain f

  • Apostasy Laws Abolished
    Sudanese people and flags
    Photo: Voice of America

    After more than 30 years of Islamist rule, Sudan has passed a series of legal reforms. Two major changes involved the abolishment of public flogging and the repeal of apostasy laws for those leaving Islam. Other regulations relate to the consumption of alcohol, female mutilati