Sudan Survives Coup Attempt but Still Faces Many Challenges

The photo shows the bridge over the Nile River at Omdurman, which military personal shut down briefly during the coup attempt.

Sudan’s transitional government survived a coup attempt this week. Members of the military tried and failed to take over the state media building. Several soldiers and officers were arrested.

The country saw many other signs of unrest as well. Soldiers blocked one prominent bridge over the Nile River, and gunfire rang out in several places. This isn’t the first attempted coup Sudan has suffered in recent years.

Government officials blamed supporters of the former dictator of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. But Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs USA says, “The chairman right now of the Sovereignty Council is a member of the military. So how much more control do they want? How much more control could they have? It raises a lot of questions about what the coup organizers wanted. Because the military still has a great deal of influence and a great deal of control within the country.”

Bashir’s fall came largely through a popular uprising, Nettleton says. “People were marching in the streets all across Sudan saying, ‘we don’t want a dictator anymore. We don’t want Bashir anymore. He was subsequently arrested. In fact, they are talking now about sending him on to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for some of the things that he did while he was in power.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for stability in Sudan.
  • Ask God to bless the ministry of Sudanese Christians during this time of transition.

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