Category Archives: Persecution Stories

Just Another Day in the Foxhole

Just Another Day in the Foxhole

By Ed Lyons For the 10 years I’ve worked with Persecution Project Foundation, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling all over South Sudan. Mostly, it has been during times of peace. But recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Nuba mountains of northern Sudan to oversee PPF projects in an area which is an […]

“Suffering Children” vs. Children Suffering

“Suffering Children” vs. Children Suffering

By Brad Phillips In the April Africa Messenger, one of our directors, Matt Chancey, wrote about the importance of children not only to our ministry, but to the Church as a whole. He admitted that our work in Africa among marginalized communities had changed his perspective of where children fit into the social and religious equation. […]

Partners in “Crime”

Partners in “Crime”

By Brad Phillips Southern Kordofan State, a.k.a. “the Nuba mountains,” has been described in the historic 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as one of “three contested areas” in Sudan – the others being Abyei and Blue Nile State. For decades, the residents of the “three areas” have been isolated and marginalized by Khartoum. There are […]

A Death in the Family

A Death in the Family

Neima Abiad Idris (49) was a household name in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The Nuba people knew her as the “Peace Singer.” Her first Christian album was entitled, Faith is Essential to Achieve Our Goals. Her most recent album was a musical expression of her personal prayer and aspiration for the Nuba entitled, Building Peace, Forgiveness […]

Mass Rape and Mass Cover-Up

Mass Rape and Mass Cover-Up

SOLDIERS FROM THE SUDAN ARMED FORCES (SAF) ARRIVED AT THE SMALL VILLAGE OF TABIT IN NORTH DARFUR ON THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 31ST, ABOUT SIX MILES FROM WHERE THEY KEEP A SMALL BASE. What happened next is unclear. Villagers claim the soldiers drove the men away with the butts of their rifles. Then, they raped […]

They Are Throwing Children into the Flames

They Are Throwing Children into the Flames

The government of Sudan continues to wage a brutal war against its own citizens. Dictator Omar al Bashir is using his time-tested weapons of destruction against primarily civilian populations in areas of the country refusing to submit to his rule. In Darfur, Bashir has turned to his infamous Janjaweed militias (“Devils on Horseback”) to spread […]

Meriam Ibrahim’s First Interview

Meriam Ibrahim’s First Interview

After months of imprisonment in Sudan under sentence of death for her faith, Meriam Ibrahim recently gave her first interview as a free woman. Megyn Kelly of Fox News, who has been tracking the issue from almost the very beginning, interviewed Meriam on her confinement, treatment, and the pressure she was under to renounce her Christian […]

The Dilemma of Freedom of Religion in Sudan

The Dilemma of Freedom of Religion in Sudan

Editor’s Note: The following is an excellent commentary on the issue of religious freedom (or the lack thereof) in Sudan. The tragic case of Meriam Ibrahim has shown a spotlight on the lamentable human rights record of the current regime in power. Most people don’t realize how diverse Sudan is and the rich heritage it has […]

PPF Protests for Meriam!

PPF Protests for Meriam!

PPF joined several organizations demonstrating outside the White House and the Sudan Embassy in Washington D.C. to protest the imprisonment of Meriam Ibrahim and her two children near Khartoum. Meriam’s plight captured the world’s attention, as she was under sentence of death for “converting” to Christianity and marrying a Christian. Meriam’s husband is an American […]

Nearly Sixty Bombs in Four Days

Nearly Sixty Bombs in Four Days

Over a period of four days last week, the Sudan Air Force dropped nearly 60 bombs on civilian targets in the Nuba Mountain community of Kauda. The bombs hit schools, livestock, clinics, and destroyed offices at the only NGO operating in the war zone, the Nuba Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Organization (NRRDO). Citizen journalists with […]