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KYRGYZSTAN: Violent Attacks Against Christians

In October 2018, a young Christian, Eldos Sattar uuly, sustained a broken jaw and other injuries after a violent attack in the Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan. Those responsible were charged. They were sentenced to house arrest; however this is not being enforced. Problems have continued

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INDIA: Church Braced for More Violence as Elections Loom

There’s been a sharp rise in attacks on Christians in India so far this year – and many fear that things could get worse with a general election on the horizon. There were 77 recorded incidents of hatred and violence against Christians in the first two

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INDIA: Former Muslim and Former Hindu Lead Church

A married couple who started a new church in their city had to change venues recently because of persecution. Hani, a former Hindu, and Chakama, a former Muslim, have actively shared their faith ever since coming to Christ and getting married. The community where they

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NIGERIA: Fulani Militants Kill Over 20

On the morning of 4 March, Fulani militants attacked Tse-Tema Dula, Tse-Ugor, and Tse-Jabu villages of Mbacohon area in Gwer West Local Council area of Benue State. According local sources, 23 people were killed. Three days after the village attacks, the militants again launched another

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KENYA: Somali Pastor Beaten

The Somali pastor of an underground church in Kenya near the Somali border suffered a broken thigh bone and other injuries after Muslim extremists beat him with wooden clubs on the evening of Friday 8 March. Pastor Abdul, a 30-year-old father of three, had finished

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CUBA: Pastor Threatened for Repairing Churches

A Cuban pastor has been repeatedly threatened and harassed for his efforts to repair church buildings that were damaged during the 2018 hurricane. In an effort to continue without further interference from authorities, he and other believers have been working on the repairs through the

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CHINA: Authorities Beat Christian Couple

A Christian couple affiliated with a persecuted church in Chengdu, Sichuan, faced eviction after suffering beatings and torture at a local police station on Saturday. At around 9am on 2 March the husband and wife, surnamed Liu and Xing, respectively, had just finished visiting members

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TAJIKISTAN: Government Enforcing Ban on Religious Education

Government authorities in Tajikistan appear to be enforcing an existing law that prohibits religious instruction for children. According to Christian contacts in the country, officials from the KGB and the Committee of Religion visited several churches recently, issuing written warnings against children’s religious education. Although

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Vietnam: Prayer Request

Our persecuted brother in Vietnam is in need of our prayers for healing. Brother Y was recently released from prison after serving several years. While he was there, he developed a large tumour above his eye which was left untreated. He was not permitted to

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PAKISTAN: Four Christian Women Falsely Accused

Four Christian women from the Farooq-e-Azam neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan were falsely accused of blasphemy on 19 February. Following the false accusation, a mob of enraged Muslims attacked the Christian-majority neighbourhood, leading to the displacement of Christian families. The incident began in January, when Fayaz

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IRAN: Cleric Warns Against Spread of Christianity

Iranian cleric Hujjat al-Islam Naser Rafiei delivered a speech in Qom (home to the largest Islamic seminary in Iran) which warned against the spread of Christianity throughout the country. He specifically named house churches and evangelical networks as an attraction for Iranian youth whose faith

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INDIA: Christian Convert Killed and Left on the Road

An Indian man who had become a Christian last year was killed and beheaded in eastern India earlier this month. On 11 February, Anant Ram Gand, 40, was taken from his home in the village of Raigarh Tehsil, in the district of Nabarangapur, Odisha, by

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NIGERIA: One Year of Captivity for Leah Sharibu

On 19 February 2018, at 5:30pm, Boko Haram entered the town of Dapchi, Nigeria, wearing military uniforms and driving trucks mounted with machine guns. They approached the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC) and ordered 110 schoolgirls to enter their trucks. They then disappeared

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ETHIOPIA: Two Injured in Arson Church Attacks

The town of Alaba Kulito in southern Ethiopia was the scene of a horrific attack against Christians on 9 February. According to a VOM Canada source, at least 13 churches were burned — some completely destroyed — along with other church-owned property. While there were

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COLOMBIA: Pastor Killed, Leaving the Church ‘Terrified’

Pastor Leider Molina, 24, had just finished preaching in his church in Caucasia, Antioquia state in north-west Colombia, on Friday 9 February. As he stepped outside, he was hit by five bullets. Molina was known as a passionate preacher and an active youth leader working

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MYANMAR: A Pastor Has Been Killed

Pastor Tun Nu was last seen alive on the evening of 19 January, when an armed rebel group forced him to leave his home, telling Nu their leader wanted to question him. Pastor Nu had been a missionary with Gospel for Asia in a troubled

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CHINA: New Hotline for Reporting Religious Activities

A government office in Henan province announced on 28 January that a hotline has been established to report “illegal religious activities”. The announcement from the Wenfeng Street Community Office promised confidentiality and offered cash rewards. The announcement also threatened fines of up to $41,350 AUD

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CUBA: Government Restricts Bible Imports

As the government tightens its control of religious life in Cuba, Christians there expect it to become more difficult to bring Bibles into the country. The need for Bibles continues to increase as more people come to Christ through the faithful witness of the local

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PAKISTAN: Pervaiz Masih Acquitted

A Pakistani lower court acquitted a Christian of blasphemy after a three-year trial – for lack of evidence against him. Normally blasphemy cases are passed along to higher courts. However, on 19 January, a lower court judge accepted the application for acquittal, though allowing the

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