Southern Sudanese Fear Forced Repatriation

Christians from South Sudan who had until Easter Sunday April 8 to try to become citizens of Sudan or be deported, fear authorities will use the occasion to rid the country of Christianity, church leaders said.

According to a story by Compass Direct News, more than 500,000 citizens of southern ethnic origin who have been living in Sudan for decades – some of them born there – will be considered foreigners after Sunday.

Human rights organisations have called on Khartoum to grant them more time to either leave, or apply for citizenship.

Compass said Christian leaders expressed concern that local media such as the daily Al Intibaha newspaper have been stoking hatred against predominantly Christian southern Sudanese, describing them as “cancer cells in the body of Sudan, the land of the Arab and Islam.”

Local leaders have also been calling on the government to deport them.