Bibles Held at Sudan Port Released

Sudan is ranked 4th on world list as a nation that persecutes Christians.

However, Sudan has released shipments of Bibles long held in port, including one detained nearly six years ago, according to the head of the Bible Society in Sudan.

The Rev. Ismail Abdurahman Kenani, Khartoum-based director of the Bible Society in Sudan, said port authorities had been delaying several shipments of Bibles in Port Sudan, on the Red Sea. Besides the shipment detained after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir began a crack-down on Christian institutions in 2012, another one detained a little over three years ago was among those released in early August, Kenani said.

The estimated 2 million Christians in Sudan have endured a critical shortage of Arabic-language Bibles, he said.

“We are even planning to put an order for another shipment, because the need is still great here for the Bibles,” Kenani told Morning Star News.

Port authorities have long given no official explanation for detaining the shipments, though one official told the Bible Society they were held up because they exceeded the limit of one container at a time. Intentional bureaucratic barriers also seem to have been erected.

Info:┬áMorning Star News’ Sudan correspondent