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CHINA: Christian Dies in Police Custody

A small house church in western China was raided by five policemen and 15 locals in late February. The pastor was thrown to the floor and restrained while police scuffled with a 50-year-old male church member. When the pastor told police the other man had

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EGYPT: Hostility against Christians Escalates

More than one year after the country’s 2012 revolution, violence against Christians in Egypt has escalated. One of the recent attacks occurred on 15 February, when a mob of a few hundred Islamic militants threw stones and set fire to St Georgas Coptic Church, located

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LIBYA: Torture Probably Led to Death of Egyptian Christian

Repeated electrical shock torture of an Egyptian Christian accused of “proselytising” in Libya likely exacerbated his heart ailment, leading to his death in custody, according to sources close to the deceased. Ezzat Hakim Atallah, 45, died on 10 March in a Tripoli jail while in

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INDIA: Pastor Released after Eight Years

After eight years of imprisonment under false accusations, Pastor Samuel was released on Wednesday 13 March. Gospel for Asia leaders rushed to welcome him as he walked out of jail, greeting him with flowers and praise to the Lord. Originally accused of Naxalite (Maoist) activities,

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Persecution Update from Indonesia: Meeting Mr Pindongo

John Wilson, Executive Director of Voice of the Martyrs, recently travelled to Indonesia to meet with persecuted Christians. We caught up with him recently to find out more about his trip and give you an exclusive insight into what life is like as a Christian

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NEPAL: Maoists Force Evangelist to Leave Village

Maoists in Nepal recently accused an evangelist of defiling the harmony of society and ordered him to leave his village within seven days. Before telling him to leave, the communist Maoists asked the family to give up their Christian faith. They threatened to kill the

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NIGERIA: More Unexpected Attacks during Militant Rampages

More vicious attacks have been made against the peaceful inhabitants of two neighbouring Christian villages. During the early hours of 22 February, ten family members were tragically hacked to death and two others sustained gunshot wounds after an unexpected attack took place in Kogwom Village

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PAKISTAN: Christian Homes Torched by Muslim Mob over Blasphemy

A mob of some 3,000 Muslims set fire to approximately 178 Christian homes and two churches in the Joseph Colony of Lahore on 9 March following accusations that Sawan Masih, a Christian sanitation worker, had made derogatory remarks about the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Masih had

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SUDAN: More than 50 Christians Detained

At least 55 Christians are being held by the Sudanese government despite no charges having been laid. The group includes church leaders and they have been falsely accused of receiving money from foreign countries, including Israel. Arabic-language media report that a systematic persecution is under

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EGYPT: Two Young Boys Convicted

Egyptian Christians have requested prayer concerning a legal case involving two young boys who were accused of defacing pages of a Koran in 2012. Mina Nady Farag and Nabil Nagy Rizk, ages nine and ten, were detained on 30 September when Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, a

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MYANMAR: Sixty-Six Churches Burnt, Systematic Rape since 2011

According to a recent report, 66 Churches have been burnt down in Kachin state, Myanmar since conflict reignited in June 2011. The report, released by the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT) stated that the churches were burnt down by Myanmar government forces. Furthermore, it

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Write a Letter to Alimujiang Yimiti

Alimujiang Yimiti is a house church leader in China who has been in prison for over five years. Writing letters is a tremendous encouragement to imprisoned Christians and in some cases has led to their release. Alimujiang’s Story In September 2007, Chinese government officials closed

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NIGERIA: Six Killed in Raid on Village

Six people were killed and many more were injured in an attack on a village in a Christian area in the northern state of Kaduna on Saturday. Stefanos Foundation, adds that a substantial amount of property was also destroyed in the raid by ‘terrorists’ on

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LIBYA: Egyptian Christian Detained and Mistreated

Prayers have been requested following the arrest of an Egyptian Christian businessman in Benghazi, capital of Cyrenaica province, eastern Libya. Sherif Ramses is a businessman who runs a bookshop in Benghazi. The stock includes Christian books, intended for sale to the many expatriate Arabic speaking

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IRAN: Letter from Imprisoned American Pastor

According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Pastor Saeed Abedini – a US citizen facing a lengthy prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian faith – has spoken out in a letter from prison. The 32-year-old Pastor Saeed stated that the

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JESUS IS MY SHEPHERD; I SHALL LACK NOTHING

Ribur and Roy are Christian evangelists in a strict Muslim area in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. For the past few years they have been witnessing to Muslims through a mission providing locals with assistance for farming and cattle breeding. This practical service has enabled them to

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