Sudan’s Christians enjoy holiday amid hope for new freedoms

(AP) KHARTOUM, Sudan – Members of a Sudanese Christian community were able to celebrate Christmas with a joyous march for the first time in years. Under authoritarian former President Omar al-Bashir, the event had been suspended. But he was ousted from power in April. Now Sudan appears to be on a fragile path to democracy and religious freedom. Members of the Bahri Evangelical Church paraded through the streets of Khartoum on Monday wearing “I Love Jesus” T-shirts or colorful robes. They sang hymns as bystanders cheered them on. One Muslim woman says she is happy to see that “freedom is back” in Sudan.