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.