Radical Islamists have fully seized the reins in Sudan with
the government giving Christian citizens until April 8th to flee the
country. To remain means to face likely death, as the rule of law is abused to
violate human rights by religious bigots.
This ultimatum affects more than a half million Christians
who have committed no crime but have offended the religiously intolerant
Muslims controlling the Sudanese regime.
This is a particularly heinous act given that some of the Christian
communities in Sudan, especially those with very long-established parishes in
Khartoum, like the Coptic, Ethiopic and Greek Orthodox, Melkite and Syriac
Catholics, groups whose presence in
Sudan dates back centuries, if not indeed millennia.
The most likely refuge is South Sudan, a new country that is
predominantly Christian and animist. Yet South Sudan lacks the resources,
including food, to accommodate this large number of asylum seekers.
Given the situation in Islamist Sudan, it's highly unlikely
that reasoned diplomacy will persuade the regime to back down on the purge. And
there's no reason for any persecuted Christian believe a peaceful resolution
will be found prior to April 8th.
To minimize the damage, the international community should
support NGOs in providing emergency relief to the refugees as they flow into
South Sudan, including food, temporary housing, and medical care.
As for Sudan, the government should face international
sanctions that are at least as harsh as those imposed upon Iran. Assets of the
Sudanese government and its officials that are overseas, including bank
accounts, should be seized to help pay for the emergency relief afforded to the
Christian refugees. Any surplus from the seizures should be given to the
refugees in the form of cash as partial compensation for all they have lost.
Christians forced out of Sudan, PanArmenian.net (Mar. 26, 2012)
from Sudan, Voice of Russia (Mar. 28, 2012)
Christians Given Until April 8 to Leave, Family Security Matters (Mar. 28,
Being Forced Out of Sudan, Persecution.org (Mar. 29, 2012)