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Sudan revokes citizenship of Christian, jails him comment (0)

December 19, 2013

JUBA, South Sudan — A Christian has been jailed in Khartoum, Sudan for declining to leave the country after authorities revoked his Sudanese citizenship, sources said.

Early this year National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) personnel had required Zawengel Abraham Mikael, a 41-year-old deacon of Eritrean descent, to report frequently to their offices in Khartoum because of his activities at a church and at a Christian-run international school where he worked as an administrator, the sources said.

NISS personnel told Mikael in May that President Omar el-Bashir had revoked his Sudanese citizenship and ordered him out of the country. 

Following the secession of South Sudan in July 2011, Sudan since 2012 has expelled foreign Christians, bulldozed church buildings on the pretext that they belonged to South Sudanese and arrested church leaders. Many foreign Christians have either left or been deported.

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