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TANZANIA: Pastor Severely Burned in Acid Attack

A pastor in Zanzibar, Tanzania, has suffered severe burns after having acid poured on him by one or more Muslims just outside an Internet café. Pastor Anselm Mwang’amba, 61, received burns on his face, chest and arms. VOM sources report that although Mwang’amba cried out

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PAKISTAN: Church Bombing Kills at Least 85

A twin-suicide bomb attack outside the All Saints church in Peshawar killed at least 85 people in one of the worst attacks on Christians in Pakistan. ccording to reports, the attackers blew themselves up as worshippers were exiting the church after Sunday service. More than

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LAOS: Laotian Christian Families Facing Expulsion and Abuse

Eleven Laotian families, about fifty people in all, face expulsion from Nongdaeng village (Borikan District, central province of Bolikhamsai) because of their conversion to Christianity. On 30 August, village authorities issued an order to family representatives, stating that they must abjure their faith and return

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NIGERIA: Twenty-Five Churches Marked for Demolition

Government authorities in northern Nigeria’s Borno state plan to demolish 25 churches and schools, ostensibly to make room for new housing. However, no plans for the housing development have been produced. Christian leaders believe this is another attempt by local governments in northern Nigeria to

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NIGERIA: Pastors Killed in Extremist Raids

Two pastors have been killed and three churches destroyed, as militants attack yet more civilian targets in north-east Nigeria. In Yobe state, suspected Boko Haram Islamist extremists opened fire in a church in Dorawa town on Thursday, killing the pastor and his two children. They

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2012 Christmas Care Report

Thanks to the generous response of our supporters, over 4800 children of the persecuted church in Nigeria were blessed through Christmas Care in 2012. Bringing Joy to Children of the Persecuted Church We praise God for the response of our supporters to Christmas Care 2012.

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Persecution in Laos

As one of the few remaining Communist nations, Laos is a volatile area for Christians. Social pressure, prevention of new church buildings and imprisonment are some of the challenges Laotian Christians face. Persecution Overview Laos is one of the world’s least developed nations and is

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The Impact of Christmas Care: Kamea’s Story

Kamea is a 12-year-old Christian girl from Laos. Her father has been imprisoned twice for sharing the Gospel. Find out how Christmas Care blessed Kamea and her family. Kamea’s Story This year Voice of the Martyrs Australia will deliver Christmas Care packs to Christian children

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UZBEKISTAN: Christians Fined for Illegally Using Religious Literature

In two separate cases on the same day in August in Samarkand and Kashkadarya, fines on 20 religious believers for “illegal religious literature” totalled the equivalent of nearly 68 years’ official minimum wage. In the Samarkand case, the judge ordered the confiscated literature – including

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EGYPT: Christians Murdered for Refusing to Pay Muslim Tax

Two Coptic Christians (government employees) were shot dead last week for refusing to pay Jizya, the Muslim poll tax on Christians. Emad Damian, 50, and his cousin Medhat Damian, 37, from the village of Sahel Selim in Assuit Province, were contacted two days before their

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MOROCCO: Christian Convert Imprisoned for Evangelising

During a recent court hearing, a Moroccan Christian man was ordered to serve a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for evangelising Muslims. On 28 August, police raided the home of 34-year-old Mohamed el Baldi, of Ain Aicha, confiscating his Bible and about 30 additional Christian books. Following

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AFGHANISTAN: MP – “Execute Afghan Christian Converts”

A member of Afghanistan’s Parliament has suggested that all those who have converted from Islam to Christianity should be executed, according to Islamic Sharia Law, in order to stop the rapid growth of Christianity among Afghans within and outside the country. An Afghani news service,

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PHILIPPINES: Displaced Christians Wait to Return Home

Voice of the Martyrs is helping hundreds of Christians who were run out of their villages at the end of July by the Muslim Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The government has provided only 1 or 2 kilograms of rice to the evacuees, not nearly

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CHINA: House Church Pastor Attacked by Government Agents

Li Shuangping, pastor of Linfen house church, was abducted, beaten and threatened by government agents on the night of 13 August. While Li was driving to his home in Shanxi province, a man who appeared to be drunk staggered in front of his vehicle, at

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VIETNAM: Praying Christians Brutally Assaulted by Police

On 31 July, a group of Christians in Ho Chi Minh City were assaulted by police while gathered in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral for prayer. They were praying for the resolution of land disputes because the government has been trying to confiscate their

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INDONESIA: Pastor and Assistants Arrested for Baptisms

Pastor Onekesyi Zegaand and three of his assistants were arrested recently by a district police officer after being accused of baptising Muslims. The allegations were made on 20 June, when a Muslim family reported that a family member had become a Christian and been baptised

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VIETNAM: Bibles Confiscated from House Church

Local authorities confiscated 16 Bibles and some hymnals from a group of Hmong believers during a house church meeting two weeks ago, a VOM worker reports. The house church of 30 families was formed two months ago after an evangelist came and shared the Gospel

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IRAN: Court Refuses Pastor Saeed’s Appeal

An Iranian court has rejected an appeal from Saeed Abedini, the American Christian pastor held in Iran for his Christian faith, and refused to reduce the eight-year prison sentence according American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Abedini, 33, an American citizen, has been held

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