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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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Blind Evangelist

From birth, Silas was surrounded by a family of devout Muslims. At the age of four or five, he went to study at the Madrassa, a Muslim school dedicated to teaching the Koran. Then, while he was still very young, both his parents died, leaving

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UGANDA: Christian Doctor Poisoned by Islamists

A Christian doctor has been hospitalised after being poisoned by Islamists in Uganda. The Islamists apparently were angry that the doctor had provided medical treatment to a pastor’s teenage daughter, whom they had attacked because the pastor ignored their warnings to stop worship services. She

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SUDAN: Pastors on Trial

Two South Sudanese pastors, Pastor Yat (49) and Pastor Reith (36), were detained in Khartoum by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on 14 December 2014 and 11 January 2015 respectively. They have been charged with a range of criminal offences. These include crimes

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NIGERIA: Group Rejects Abortion

The debate in Nigeria is beginning to rage about whether or not rescued girls should be allowed to abort the babies that were conceived by rape from Boko Haram fighters. While the United Nations (UN) has reportedly suggested that the girls should have the babies

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KENYA: Al Shabaab Leaflets Warn of More Attacks

Somali Islamic terror group al Shabaab is dropping leaflets in Kenya warning of future attacks on Christian schools inside the country, similar to the massacre at Garissa University College that killed 148 people on 2 April. Kenyan officials are beefing up security and investigating the

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IRAN: Believers Sentenced to Additional Prison Terms

Two Christian men, Ebrahim Firouzi and Sevada Aghasar, were recently sentenced to prison because of their Christian faith. The two were charged with “action against national security through collusion and gathering.” Ebrahim, a Christian convert from Islam, who is already serving another sentence in Rajaei-Shahr

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SYRIA: Christians in Damascus Living in a Battle Zone

Intense fighting between Islamic State militants and government forces erupted on Monday 4 May in Damascus and media outlets warned Christians living in the area to evacuate immediately. Government forces are employing air assaults and armoured tanks to fight the militants, making it extremely dangerous

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SOMALIA: God’s Light Shining through Spiritual Darkness

13 May 2015 Pastor Andrew, the leader of a VOM Canada-partnering ministry that’s diligently proclaiming God’s truth in Somalia, has requested prayer for his team’s vital ministry efforts.   The ministry recently began broadcasting radio programs via shortwave radio into Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and surrounding

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