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Christian refugee mother beaten in Sudan

41-year-old Fatima Adam is one of the eight million refugees who have fled Sudanese conflicts.

The converted Christian mother lost two babies to illness in a refugee camp in South Sudan, where she ended up in June 2023. She has two other children: one of them, a 22-year-old boy, went missing in Khartoum when the conflict started between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces last year. 

Fatima’s Muslim husband attacked her with a metal rod two months ago. Fatima recalls the details of the incident: “Didn’t I order you to renounce your new faith and come back to Islam? I will kill you if you continue to follow this Jesus of yours – do not go the church again, and stop taking my kids to the church” her husband shouted when he found out she had been attending Christian worship services in the camp. 

She was rushed to a hospital, where she received treatment and medication; she still endures constant pain in the joints and bones of her leg to this day. 

The refugee camp is struggling to provide adequate care and medicine to an enormous number of people. Fatima lost her 6-month-old and 1-year-old babies due to insufficient medical care. Around eight million people have been displaced, and more than 14,000 have been killed in the military conflict. Christian sites have also been constantly targeted. Christian converts face aggression, violence and humiliation daily. Women are vulnerable to house arrest, forced marriage, divorce, disinheritance and losing the custody of their children. Men face beatings, imprisonment, harassment within the workplace and displacement. 


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