Omar al-Bashir

Bashir Skips Town in Sudan, Will Islamist Regime Follow?

on April 11, 2019

Institute on Religion and Democracy Press Release
April 11, 2019
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“The Khartoum regime has for decades been a key player in global jihad.”
-IRD Religious Liberty Program Director Faith J.H. McDonnell

Washington, DC—A popular uprising has forced Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from power following months of protests against the Islamist regime. The Wall Street Journal reports that an overwhelmingly young population is venting frustration with a lack of political freedoms.

Protesters vowed to remain in the streets to oppose military plans for transition, instead calling for fundamental political change. Bashir, in power for 30 years, was among the longest-standing leaders in the region.

The Institute on Religion & Democracy’s Church Alliance for a New Sudan has co-sponsored demonstrations to call attention to the Government of Sudan’s ongoing atrocities against indigenous peoples.

IRD Religious Liberty Program Director Faith J.H. McDonnell commented:

“I pray that we are going to see a New Sudan. Not the skipping town of one genocidal Islamist dictator, but the end of a genocidal Islamist regime.

“Old Sudan will not be gone if the West, the United Nations and the U.S. State Department get ‘fooled again’ by this regime that has practiced ‘survival of the smartest’ for more than 30 years.

“The Khartoum regime has for decades been a key player in global jihad. The Islamic Republic of Sudan is waging genocidal war against the black, African marginalized people groups in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile State, and in the Nubian areas of North Sudan.

  1. Comment by Earl Schroeder on April 12, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Funny this has not been reported more. Does this mean our press is sympathetic to Islamist governments?

  2. Comment by Faith McDonnell on April 12, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Good question, Earl. One disturbing thing is that for the past 3 years or more, the US has been working on “normalizing” relations with the Islamist regime in Khartoum. That may have something to do with it.

  3. Comment by Nick Stuart on April 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Just in case anyone was wondering where Sudan is, it has a border on the Red Sea, which is the route to the Suez Canal. So that’s a compelling reason for the US to be there. Please God we don’t mess it up.

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