The World Council of Churches (WCC) is deeply saddened over the current political situation in Sudan. On 25 October, the WCC received with grave concern the statement from the chairperson of the Transitional Sovereign Council, lieutenant general Abdel Fattah al-Burha, announcing a military coup d’état in the capital Khartoum. He declared a nationwide state of emergency and the suspension of key provisions of the Constitution taking control of the airport, state television, and radio; and restricting the internet, among other measures. Government officials, including ministers and civilian members of the Sovereign Council, have been arrested. It has also been reported that at least seven people have been killed and some 140 others injured after soldiers opened fire on demonstrators. This violent and tragic situation will affect Sudans security, stability, political transition, and development, and further threatens the Juba Peace Agreement and the progress made towards democracy in Sudan.

The WCC is worried about the impacts this development may have on the civilian population, which is already facing political and economic challenges, significant humanitarian needs, a high rate of inflation, ongoing communal conflicts, deep poverty, recurring floods and droughts, the COVID-19 pandemic and several other challenges. It is extremely unfortunate that this is happening at the time the Transitional Sovereign Council should be focusing on addressing these challenges.

We call on the military to respect the wishes of the Sudanese people and to return to the table of open and inclusive dialogue to address the current political challenges and to ensure the protection of lives and properties of all Sudanese, including places of worship. We convey our condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and pray for healing for the injured.

The WCC affirms the contribution of the churches and the Sudan Council of Churches in their work for justice and peace for all. We convey our solidarity and accompaniment with the churches of Sudan as they seek to fulfil their essential ministry for justice, peace and human dignity and rights at this difficult and dangerous moment in the life of the nation.

We pray that God will grant peace and restore normalcy and stability in Sudan.

Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca
Acting general secretary
World Council of Churches