Christian Foundation Condemns Bombing of Church Property in Sudan

The Episcopal/Evangelical church in Omdurman. Credit: CSW

The UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has condemned the bombing of Church buildings in which scores were injured in Khartoum, Sudan.

The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) allegedly shelled and destroyed the largest church building in Omdurman, Sudan on November 1. The Church building was reportedly used by the Episcopal and Evangelical denominations.

On November 3, the Dar Mariam Mission, Khartoum, which houses five religious Sisters, a Priest and lay people who sought refuge there was also bombed. 

A teacher, two Nuns, a mother and her two children aged four and seven were injured during the incident, Fr Jacob Thelekkadan, a resident at the mission, told the Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on November 6. 

Fr. Thelekkadan said it was “a miracle” that the bomb which caused two explosions hit the building’s first floor at the time as most residents were gathered at the ground floor.


According to CSW, the attacks on the Church property were intentional, and that there may be more assaults as the SAF and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) continue negotiating a ceasefire to the conflict that started on April 15. 

“CSW condemns in the strongest terms the attacks on churches and their properties in Omdurman and Khartoum El-Shajara," CSW Founder President, Mr. Mervyn Thomas said in a Monday, November 6 report.

He added, "We wish the injured a swift and full recovery, and reiterate that the international targeting of places of worship not only violates international humanitarian law, but also constitutes a war crime."

Mr. Thomas has called for “a full and comprehensive ceasefire” in Khartoum, and urged the international community to hold both warring parties accountable “for the violations and abuses they have committed against Sudanese citizens, both during this conflict and before it.”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.