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January 3, 2000
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SUDAN MUSLIM GOVERNMENT ORDERS SCHOOLS TO BECOME RELIGIOUS
    KHARTOUM (CWNews.com) - Sudan's Islamic government has ordered state governors to convert government primary schools into Muslim schools, according to a government newspaper on Thursday.

    Christians in the country expressed fears that the order will increase hostility against the minority and undermine their right to raise their children in their own faith.

    Sudan has been split by civil war for two decades, pitting the Arab, Muslim north against the Christian, African south.

    President Omar Hassan al-Bashir announced the order on Wednesday at a graduation ceremony for teachers. He said the goal is to change society to enable it to live in accordance with the teachings of the Koran.

    "We thought the recent removal of the fundamentalist Islamist Hassan al-Turabi from the center stage of Sudanese politics would make the government more tolerant of other religions but it appears nothing has changed," one teacher at a school for refugee Christian Sudanese. Bashir sought to curb the influence of Turabi, parliament speaker and secretary general of the ruling National Congress party, when he declared a three-month state of emergency and dissolved parliament on December 12.

          

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