Author Archive | Sandra Harries

comoros

COMOROS: Sunni Islam Declared Official Religion

Constitutional reforms approved in a referendum on 30 July have created concerns in the African island nation of Comoros. Opposition leaders called on people to boycott the referendum, believing that it was not legitimate. Along with extending the power and term of the president, one

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bangladesh

BANGLADESH: Former Muslims Forced Back to Islam

Thirty families turned back to Islam after facing intense community pressure, said local church planter Sujen, who became a believer through a Bible correspondence course several years ago. After becoming convinced Jesus was the Way, the Truth and the Life, he began gradually sharing with

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india

INDIA: Father and Son Brutally Attacked by Radicals

Ramesh and his son Rahul were brutally attacked by a mob of 30 Hindu radicals while returning from a prayer meeting in Pipplipara village, Madhya Pradesh state on 10 July. They were both hospitalised due to serious injuries from the attack. “The attack took place

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FaithUnderFire

Our Faith is under fire!

SPECIAL REPORT FROM MINDANO, PHILIPPINES In an historic move in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte, has signed an agreement in Mindanao to give local rebel groups a new autonomy with the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Numerous administrations have conducted peace negotiations with rebel groups including

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pakistan

PAKISTAN: Christian Brutally Beaten

On 2 August, Vishal Masih, an 18-year-old Pakistani Christian, was severely beaten by a group of Muslims after winning an arm-wrestling match in Nabipur village. Located in Sheikhupura District, Nabipur has become the latest site of religiously motivated violence in Pakistan. Waris Masih, Vishal’s cousin,

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INDIA: Christians told “we’ll close one church every week”

Christian villagers in a rural district of India’s Maharashtra state have been told that one church will be closed down every week because they have been “destroying” local tradition and culture by “luring” others to convert to Christianity. Since June, over a dozen houses belonging

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eritrea

ERITREA: 35 Prisoners Released!

In a surprising move, 35 prisoners of faith were released on bail from the Mai-Sirwa prison on 17 and 18 July, after serving more than four years. The 11 women and 24 men, all members of unregistered Christian churches, were mostly young people not in

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Project: Myanmar – Aye Nan

Aye Nan was fifteen when her father, U Aih Cum, was killed for his faith after a house church meeting in Myanmar. U Aih Cum was passionate about reaching others with the true Gospel message. His feet and hands were removed, he was stabbed and

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Project: Myanmar – Daw Cherry

Daw Cherry, her husband U Zaw Aung and their two small children lived in a small village in Kachin State North Myanmar. As Christians Daw Cherry and U Zaw Aung ran Bible study group meetings and witnessed to the surrounding Buddhist community, winning people to

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youcef

IRAN: Pastor Nadarkhani Arrested in Violent Raid

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been detained following a violent raid on his home in Rasht by the police on the morning of 22 July. Police smashed the front door of the pastor’s home, punched the pastor and his teenaged son Daniel, and used electrical batons

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china

CHINA: House Churches Speak Out Against Government Persecution

House churches in Beijing issued a statement on 23 July expressing their dissatisfaction with the Chinese government. The churches, which include the Beijing Achievement Church and the Beijing Holy Mountain Church, convey three main points in the statement. The first point detailed the constitutional legitimacy

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