The Sudanese government has cleared a shipment of Bibles believed to have been held in Port Sudan for six years.
World Watch Monitor says the Arabic-language Bibles were recently released and transported to the capital, Khartoum, after years of appeals by church leaders.
Since 2011, government customs officials have delayed the clearing of several shipments of Arabic Bibles, without explanation.
Bibles had been left decaying in shipping containers at the port while two million Christians in the country were facing a serious shortage of Bibles.
The release of the Bibles coincided with the return of property to 19 Sudanese churches.
These developments come as Sudan pushes for removal from the US’s list of State sponsors of terrorism, but with groups warning there’s little evidence of genuine human rights improvements.