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Nada and Hamouda
Nada and Hamouda
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A married Christian couple in Sudan are currently on trial and, if convicted, could face 100 lashes, along with expulsion from the area. Hamouda and Nada were charged with adultery after a court ruled that their marriage was not valid. A hearing on their case is scheduled for May 12th. (For more details leading up to the current trial, see this story.) The Christian couple has been facing increasing pressure and threats, in particular from Nada's brother, who initiated the original charges against them.

Six months ago, a military coup overthrew the transitional government, which had been working towards the establishment of civilian rule and the advancement of religious freedom. Since the recent takeover, leaders from the country's former dictatorship government ruled by Omar al-Bashir have been reinstated, bringing closer ties to the militant Muslim Brotherhood organization. As pressure mounts to enshrine Sharia laws throughout the country, the resulting persecution of Christians has been increasing. For further reports on such cases of persecution in Sudan, go to our country report.

Continue to prayerfully remember Sudanese Christians who are experiencing increasing harassment and persecution because of their faith in Jesus. Pray that the courts will rule equitably for Hamouda and Nada. May God personally intervene on behalf of the accused couple during their interactions with family members and court officials – granting them the strength to forgive their persecutors and filling them with peace, wisdom and the courage to share the overcoming hope they have in Christ.

Country Information

Population
46,751,152 (July 2021 est.)

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

Religion
Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

Leader
President (vacant)
Military transitional council under General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan

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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