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NIGERIA: Sharia Law to be Enforced in Kano State

Kano is one of nine states in northern Nigeria that has introduced Shariah law. Southern Nigeria is mostly Christian and is ruled by secular law. Islamic police in northern Nigeria’s Kano state will begin enforcing Sharia law. Ten thousand officers will be on the streets

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NORTH KOREA: China Attempts to Block Radio Broadcast into North Korea

Chinese authorities are targeting a Christian radio broadcast produced by North Korean Christians in partnership with Seoul USA and Voice of the Martyrs. Both the Chinese and North Korean governments have unsuccessfully attempted to block the radio broadcast. This is exciting news for Christians involved

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PAKISTAN: Prisoner’s Accuser Recants

Zafar Bhatti, accused of blasphemy under Pakistan’s 295C blasphemy law, was charged and jailed in July 2012, based on rumours that he insulted Mohammed’s mother in text messages. Zafar worked selling medicines, and he often went door-to-door with his presentation. He also used those opportunities

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IRAQ: Trusting God Amidst Escalating Violence

The following is an urgent update received recently from Canon Andrew White, known as the Vicar of Baghdad: “I returned to Baghdad following a trip to the US and Canada. Whilst the trip was very good…when I arrived, I found things the most desperate they

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KAZAKHSTAN: Update – Pastor Under House Arrest Pending Trial

Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, who has been imprisoned for nearly five months in Astana, has been placed under house arrest for the remainder of his pre-trial detention, according to a court decision. The 66-year-old pastor has not seen his wife, Alfiya, or other family members since

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SYRIA: The New Road to Damascus

The war in Syria is one of the greatest crises seen in the Middle East in the last 20 years. It has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, both Muslim and Christian. More than 2 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries. In

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IRAN: Christians Jailed for their Faith

Iranian Christians are requesting prayer for their country following a series of arrests just as the government released some prisoners in an effort to appear more liberal. At least 20 Christians, mainly from Muslim backgrounds, were detained in Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, and Tabriz. As a

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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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