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ISRAEL: Rising “Aggression” Towards Palestinian Christians

There is concern that a large number of Muslims residing in Palestinian territories and Israel have become “radicalised,” creating deepening divisions between faith communities. Church leaders report that tensions between Muslims and Christians have risen since 2014, with some blaming the rise of Islamic State

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Sudan

SUDAN: Update on Pastors on Trial

Christians in Sudan request our continued prayers for Michael Yat (49) and Peter Yen Reith (36), two South Sudanese pastors on trial in Khartoum who had their latest hearing on 25 June. At the hearing the prosecution produced one person who gave testimony, but brought

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Iran

IRAN: Saeed Abedini’s Imprisonment Marks Grim Milestone

American Pastor Saeed Abedini has now spent over 1000 days in captivity in Iran – nearly three years suffering in prison – separated from his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children. Pastor Saeed has endured much in the past 1000 days. He still suffers

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Forsaking Family for Christ

Bombs rain down on villagers in the Nuba Mountains each week as the Sudanese government continues its campaign to kill or expel the Nuba people. While many of the region’s residents are Muslim, a faithful remnant of Christians remains, unwilling to leave their homes and

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Pakistan’s Brick Kiln Martyrs

The terrified couple clung to each other inside their one-room home while the mob of angry Muslims outside shouted insults and threats: “They have burned the Holy Koran! We will teach them a lesson!” Shama cried as her husband, Shahzad, tightened his arms around her

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Pakistan

PAKISTAN: The Case of Blasphemy Victim Asia Bibi

Friday 19 June marked the tragic six-year anniversary of the arrest of Asia Bibi (also known as Asia Noreen), a Christian mother and the only woman on death row for blasphemy. It started when Asia was working alongside a Muslim woman who refused to touch the ‘unclean’

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SriLanka

SRI LANKA: Pastor Threatened and Beaten

Two men abducted a Sri Lankan pastor on 24 May and threatened to kill him if he didn’t beg forgiveness for his Christian activities. They eventually took the pastor to a remote location, where they beat him and threatened to destroy his church. The pastor

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Mexico

MEXICO: Village Authorities Cut Utilities to Protestants

Village leaders cut the water supply and sewage services to 30 Protestant families in Mariano Matamoros, Chiapas State on 14 June. Appeals for government intervention to protect the victims’ rights in the days preceding the action went unanswered.   Village leaders have indicated that the

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Iraq

IRAQ: One Year since Islamic State Capture of Mosul

A year ago Islamic State (IS) captured the Mosul area and gave Christians three choices: convert to Islam, abandon their property and leave the city, or be killed. IS later attacked Christian villages and towns in surrounding areas of the Nineveh Plain, the ancestral home

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MIDDLE EAST: Christian Siblings Orphaned and Pursued

After ‘Ahmed’ and his family converted from Islam to Christianity, their Muslim relatives had Ahmed killed. A pastor took in Ahmed’s orphaned children and raised them with his family. Although it has been seven years since Ahmed’s murder, Muslim family members continue to harass and

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Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN: No Religion without Permission

Uzbekistan has enacted a Prevention Law aimed at preventing all practise of religion without state permission. The law empowers state bodies, committees and district councils to enforce religion laws and requires them to report those they suspect might be guilty of religious crimes, such as

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Nigeria

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Stages New Assault on Maiduguri

Boko Haram has been attacking the major city of Maiduguri to re-establish their original base of operations, and also for its strategic importance. The city’s location provides an advantage which would allow the group to more easily spread throughout Nigeria, as well as infiltrate neighbouring

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Iraq

IRAQ: Christian Outreach to Displaced Kurds

A VOM-supported team of Christian workers is providing assistance to Kurds from Yezidi and Shabak backgrounds who were forced to flee their homes due to violence and threats from Islamic extremists. In addition to providing basic aid, such as food, tents and blankets, the workers

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Egypt

EGYPT: Christian Prisoner Endures Brutality

It has recently been reported that Bishoy Armia Boulous (formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy) is now enduring an overextended prison sentence with frequent assault. According to Bishoy’s present lawyer, Karam Ghobriel, jailers at Tora Prison have been beating Bishoy several times a week and ruthlessly

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What Can Christians Do During Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is considered the holiest month of the year by millions of Muslims. This year, Ramadan starts on 18 June. Muslims fast, observe daily prayers, give to the poor and refocus their attention on Allah.

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Mexico

MEXICO: Death Threats against Christians

A group of Christians in Hidalgo State, Mexico, were allegedly issued death threats in late April by a local government representative. The threats were reportedly made by “Community Delegate” Mr Jesus Dominguez Hernandez, who issued the threats after representatives of the Christian community of Chichiltepec

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Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Legislation Proposed to Curb Abuse

Pakistan is set to introduce new legislation to curb the misuse of the country’s notorious blasphemy laws. Human rights observers have documented the widespread abuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which are often used to settle personal scores, eliminate rivals, or persecute religious minorities. Section 295

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China

CHINA: Officials Beat Pastor’s Wife

The wife of a church leader was beaten by officials at her home after they had summoned her husband for questioning. Police went to the home of Mrs Li in Shenyang, in the north-eastern Liaoning province, on 27 May while her husband was out. When

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DreamsAndVisions

Dreams and Visions Book Review

When news of persecution in the Middle East from secular and some Christian news sources replays in our minds, it is usually images of horrific torture, Islamic State, kidnapping of women, church burnings and heartless bloodshed. When I hear of Christian persecution in the region,

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Early Release for Jailed Brothers

The first day of prison the two brothers experienced was one neither will forget. Crowded into a tiny 4x6m room were 80 prisoners in the Indonesian jail. Rosyid described it as like “living in a can of sardines.” They stood shoulder to shoulder, back to

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