In recent weeks, Sudan's dictator, Omar al Bashir, announce a state of emergency, suspended the constitution, and dismissed his state governors in a desperate attempt to divert attention from the systemic collapse of his government's regime and a nationwide popular uprising calling for his removal.
Peaceful protests have been met with a severe crackdown involving thousands of extrajudicial killings, arrests, detentions and torture.
Bashir has now stepped down as head of the National Congress Party (NCP), formerly known as the National Islamic Front, and appointed Ahmed Haroun as his replacement.
Haroun is a name very familiar with Sudanese, especially those living in Darfur and the Nuba mountains. In the 1990s, Haroun was the architect of the Nuba genocide, in which an estimated 500,000 people were killed.
The genocidal tactics Haroun practiced in the Nuba were later perfected in Darfur, where he was directly linked to the killing of an estimated 300,000 Darfuris. This earned Haroun Sudan's first indictment for war crimes from the ICC.
Then, in 2011, Bashir brought Haroun back to the Nuba to prosecute a new conflict and to finish the job he started in the 1990s.
Bashir, Haroun, and their Islamist brothers are desperately clinging to power and will try by all means to hijack Sudan's popular uprising and retain their 30-year Islamo-fascist system.
Let's continue to pray for Sudan at this time and especially for our persecuted brothers and sisters as they stand against this evil regime.