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NIGERIA: Continue to Pray For Nigerian Kidnap Victims

Three months after the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, the Islamic militant leader behind the abduction surfaced in a video on Sunday with a defiant and dismissive message. For 90 days the families of the more than 200 girls had hoped for good news.

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TANZANIA: Pray for Pastors Charged with Blasphemy

A group of 43 Tanzanian pastors, most former Muslims, have been charged with blasphemy for teaching biblical foundations to their church members. In addition, they have been fined the equivalent of nearly AU$3,000, which they are paying in order to continue their ministry work and

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CHINA: Pastor Zhang Shaojie Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle Country Christian Church, Henan Province, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud and “gathering a crowd to disturb public order”; he has also been fined 100,000 RMB (approximately AU$17,000). Over 20 members of Nanle County Christian Church,

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LAOS: Christians Arrested; Falsely Accused of Murder

Five Christians in Laos have been charged with murder after a sick woman, who sought prayer from a local church, converted to Christianity and later died of an unknown illness. According to reports, Mrs Chan was sick with an unknown illness for two years and

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CEO’s Personal Report on 2013

As I look back over 2013, I am filled with a deep gratitude for the opportunities Voice of the Martyrs has had, in partnership with you, to serve the persecuted church in many ways. Worldwide persecution continues to increase as we draw closer to the

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INDONESIA: Churches Attacked In Yogyakarta

On 29 May Islamic militants attacked a prayer meeting in the home of Julius Felicianus (52) attended by members of the St Francis Agung Banteng Church. Dressed in robes and armed with knives, the attackers claimed to be loyal to the cleric Jafar Umar Thalib,

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SUDAN: Meriam Ibrahim freed again

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother imprisoned for six months and released from death-row charges for apostasy, was released for the second time last Thursday night. She had been re-arrested less than 24 hours after being freed by the court, after being driven to the airport

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SUDAN: Meriam Ibrahim Freed then Re Arrested

The Sudanese woman freed from death row has been accused of trying to leave the country with fake documents. Meriam Ibrahim was detained on Tuesday, a day after a court released her, annulling the death sentence imposed on her for renouncing the Islamic faith. Mrs

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UGANDA: Injured Pastor Celebrates Homecoming

On 25 May, a pastor who was severely injured for his Christian witness was able to return home to his wife, six children and congregation in Kampala. Pastor Umar Mulinde, a former Muslim, was brutally attacked on Christmas Eve in 2011 by militants who were

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VIETNAM: Mennonite Bible School Attacked

At 11pm on 9 June, several hundred people including police, government officials, civil defence authorities and hired thugs arrived at the gates of the Mennonite Bible School in Binh Duong province in southern Vietnam. After breaking the gate they entered into the school, where they

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IRAQ: Christian ‘Heartland’ Under Attack

Islamist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS), an off-shoot of al-Qaeda, have gained full control of the northern city of Mosul, historically known as Nineveh. The vast majority of Christians in the city, up to 1,000 families, are said to have

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UGANDA & KENYA: Churches Warned of Potential Attacks

Security has increased in recent days in Uganda and Kenya after authorities were warned by Western countries that an Islamic militant group is planning to attack churches. The US embassy in Uganda warned that churches there may face “specific threats” from al Shabaab, a Somalia-based

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram’s Blood-lettings: 10 Days of Escalating Terror

More than 45 churches have been destroyed and 258 civilians killed as Nigeria’s northeast descends into chaos. Uniformed men in camouflaged, military-grade trucks descended on Attagara, Agapalawa and Aganjara villages on 3 June, indiscriminately firing on and killing at least 83 civilians and wounding an

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