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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Country Descends into Chaos

As rebel groups and soldiers ravage the country of Central African Republic (CAR), the international community fears the possibility of religious genocide. The rebels, known as “Seleka” (meaning “Alliance”), have been pillaging villages, raping women, conscripting children as soldiers, and brutally murdering innocent victims in

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PAKISTAN: Federal Court Calls For Mandatory Death Sentence for Blasphemy

An influential court in Pakistan is calling for the mandatory death sentence for blasphemy. VOM Australia’s partner, UK-based religious liberty group Release International believes the move – if implemented – could result in further attacks and accusations against Pakistan’s Christian minority. It could also lead

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IRAN: Update – Church Leaders Released from Prison

After 220 days in prison, Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh and another church minister, Naser Zamen-Dezfuli, were released on 4 December 2013. On 23 December 2011, Iranian authorities raided their Assemblies of God church service and arrested everyone in attendance, including children. Several hours later, the authorities

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CHINA: Church Members Arrested Despite Church’s Registration

More than 20 believers from Nanle County Christian Church, in Henan province, were recently detained. The crackdown occurred despite the fact that the church was legally registered, beginning with arrests on 16 November, when the pastor, Zhang Shaojie, arrived at the church for a meeting

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TANZANIA: Youth Pastor Killed in Machete Attack

The brutal murder of a youth Pastor in Tanzania confirms suspicions of an ongoing campaign of Christian persecution in the region and raises concerns over the rise of radical Islamists in East Africa. Two others were also attacked but are recovering. On 22 October, at

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INDIA: Seven-Year-Old Boy Murdered for his Christian Faith

The body of a seven-year-old boy in India revealed signs of horrific torture before he was brutally murdered because of his Christian beliefs. The son of a believer, Anmol went missing after attending Sunday School at a Believers Church on 17 November in northern India.

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Training the Next Generation

Andrew recently finished Bible College in Vietnam and has just started his ministry as a house church pastor. Already he’s facing persecution from the authorities. Read Andrew’s story and find out how you can help train leaders for the persecuted church. Andrew’s Story When Andrew

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Persecution Update from Vietnam: Decree 92

Vietnam’s Communist Party recently released a revision to their official policy on religion, Decree 92. This new law places severe restrictions on the freedom to worship. Read this exclusive update from Pastor Quang, one of Vietnam’s key Christian leaders, to find out more. Pastor Quang

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ERITREA: 185 Christians Arrested at Prayer Gathering

Eritrean security forces recently raided a prayer meeting and arrested 185 Christians in Maitemenay, a northern suburb of Asmara. VOM sources say the believers had apparently gathered to pray about the worsening exodus of Eritreans from the country. The gathering is said to have been

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NIGERIA: Islamists Force Christian Women to Convert

The al-Qaida linked Islamic group Boko Haram unleashed a new tactic in its war to obliterate Christianity in northern Nigeria: convert or die. Two gunmen from Boko Haram kidnapped Hajja, a 19-year-old Christian, in July as she picked corn near her village in the Gwoza

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TURKEY: Pastor Arrested on Human Trafficking Accusations

A Turkish Protestant pastor arrested by police in the Black Sea province of Samsun last week is accused of involvement in prostitution and the human trafficking of refugees. Pastor Orhan Picaklar of the Samsun Agape Church was summoned to local police headquarters for questioning on

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SOMALIA: Christian Community Leader Murdered by Extremists

A Christian community leader in Somalia was shot to death earlier this month by members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab while closing his pharmacy for the evening. ‘Abdikhani Hassan’ was shot seven times in the chest by two young men who approached him with

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INDIA: Church Attacked, Assailants Arrested by Authorities

Members of Christian Faith Centre have been attacked by a fundamentalist Hindu group and the pastor has been severely beaten. As a result, security guards have been posted outside the church. Members of Christian Faith Centre, an Assembly of God church, were attacked on 27

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IRAN: Update – Acquitted Believer Released From Evin Prison

Mostafa Bordbar, a Christian resident of Rasht (northern Iran), was unexpectedly released from Evin prison on 3 November, following 11 months in prison. All charges were dropped after a hearing by the appeals court on 30 October. In an appearance before the appeals court, Mostafa

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LAOS: Believers Blamed for Villagers’ Deaths

A group of new Christians in a Laotian village have been blamed for the unrelated deaths of three men. When the deaths occurred shortly after their conversion, the community concluded they had angered their ancestors. In March 2013, two evangelists shared the gospel in three

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ERITREA: Christian Woman Dies in Jail

An Eritrean Christian woman has become the latest known prisoner of conscience to have died in Eritrea. She was denied access to medical treatment because she refused to denounce her Christian beliefs. Wehazit Berhane Debesai, who was in her thirties, died during the week of

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Christmas Care Video

We have created a special Christmas Care video asking Australian school children to share their thoughts about the experience of persecuted Christians at Christmas. You will be encouraged hearing their compassion towards children of the persecuted church and seeing their smiles as they share how

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Hope for North Korea

Hope Yoo is a North Korean defector who has committed her life to reaching North Koreans for Christ. She has led 28 people inside North Korea to Christ using a very unique method of evangelism. Mobile Phones: A Powerful Tool for Evangelism How do you

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