BURKINA FASO: Church Attack, Leaves 14 Dead
  • 05 December 2019

Gunmen attacked a church in Eastern Burkina Faso on Sunday 1 December. The attack took place in the small town of Hantoukoura and left 14 Christians dead, with numerous others injured. This attack is reminiscent of the multiple attacks that took place earlier this year in Northern Burkina Faso, when churches, clergy and laypeople were […]

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VIETNAM: Villagers Confiscate Christian Woman’s Land
  • 05 December 2019

A Christian woman in the village of Dak Lak lost her home and land recently when villagers decided to expel her because of her Christian faith. Chau, 60, lived on several acres of prime farming land that had been handed down to her by her grandparents. Before becoming a Christian, she was a heavy drinker […]

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CHINA: Imprisoned with Serious Health Concerns
  • 05 December 2019

Hu Shigen was taken into custody in July 2015 and was convicted of “subversion of state power” the following year. A photo of his baptismal ceremony was used as evidence against him, resulting in a sentence consisting of seven-and-a-half years. While in prison, Hu suffered a heart attack, as well as other health complications. Due […]

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TURKEY: Christian Evangelist Murdered
  • 28 November 2019

On 19 November Korean evangelist Jinwook Kim was stabbed on the streets in the south-eastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir. He later died in hospital from his injuries; he was 41 years old. The Public Security Branch Directorate of Murder Bureau has arrested a 16-year-old suspect and an investigation is ongoing. Kim had arrived in Diyarbakir […]

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SYRIA: High Cost of Maintaining the Christian Presence
  • 28 November 2019

On 11 November at least two bombs were detonated in Qamishli; one outside a church. At least six civilians were killed and more than 20 wounded. Rev Hovsep Bedoyan (43), an Armenian Catholic priest in Qamishli, was driving his father and two church members to Deir ez-Zor where he was overseeing the reconstruction of a […]

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CHINA: Nanjing Church Demolished
  • 28 November 2019

In the deep of the night in Nanjing, Christians wailed as authorities demolished their church. The building hosted services for more than 1,000 Christians in the area. Some of them were inside the church when the authorities arrived, and the officials dragged them out. Government agents beat some of them and then blocked off the […]

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