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comoros

COMOROS: Sunni Islam Declared Official Religion

Constitutional reforms approved in a referendum on 30 July have created concerns in the African island nation of Comoros. Opposition leaders called on people to boycott the referendum, believing that it was not legitimate. Along with extending the power and term of the president, one

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bangladesh

BANGLADESH: Former Muslims Forced Back to Islam

Thirty families turned back to Islam after facing intense community pressure, said local church planter Sujen, who became a believer through a Bible correspondence course several years ago. After becoming convinced Jesus was the Way, the Truth and the Life, he began gradually sharing with

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india

INDIA: Father and Son Brutally Attacked by Radicals

Ramesh and his son Rahul were brutally attacked by a mob of 30 Hindu radicals while returning from a prayer meeting in Pipplipara village, Madhya Pradesh state on 10 July. They were both hospitalised due to serious injuries from the attack. “The attack took place

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FaithUnderFire

Our Faith is under fire!

SPECIAL REPORT FROM MINDANO, PHILIPPINES In an historic move in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte, has signed an agreement in Mindanao to give local rebel groups a new autonomy with the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Numerous administrations have conducted peace negotiations with rebel groups including

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pakistan

PAKISTAN: Christian Brutally Beaten

On 2 August, Vishal Masih, an 18-year-old Pakistani Christian, was severely beaten by a group of Muslims after winning an arm-wrestling match in Nabipur village. Located in Sheikhupura District, Nabipur has become the latest site of religiously motivated violence in Pakistan. Waris Masih, Vishal’s cousin,

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INDIA: Christians told “we’ll close one church every week”

Christian villagers in a rural district of India’s Maharashtra state have been told that one church will be closed down every week because they have been “destroying” local tradition and culture by “luring” others to convert to Christianity. Since June, over a dozen houses belonging

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eritrea

ERITREA: 35 Prisoners Released!

In a surprising move, 35 prisoners of faith were released on bail from the Mai-Sirwa prison on 17 and 18 July, after serving more than four years. The 11 women and 24 men, all members of unregistered Christian churches, were mostly young people not in

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youcef

IRAN: Pastor Nadarkhani Arrested in Violent Raid

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been detained following a violent raid on his home in Rasht by the police on the morning of 22 July. Police smashed the front door of the pastor’s home, punched the pastor and his teenaged son Daniel, and used electrical batons

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china

CHINA: House Churches Speak Out Against Government Persecution

House churches in Beijing issued a statement on 23 July expressing their dissatisfaction with the Chinese government. The churches, which include the Beijing Achievement Church and the Beijing Holy Mountain Church, convey three main points in the statement. The first point detailed the constitutional legitimacy

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turkey

TURKEY: New Regulations to Affect Christians

Following the June election, the president issued several decrees that will affect Christians in Turkey. According to a Turkish pastor, meetings in homes are now illegal. Though the law may be intended to hinder Islamic sectarian meetings, it will definitely hinder Christians meeting as well.

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leah

NIGERIA: Leah Sharibu Still in Captivity for Her Faith

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Leah Sharibu is still being held by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. It has been 120 days since the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. Sadly, Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl among them, is still in

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egypt

EGYPT: Coptic Community Attacked Following Facebook Post

Several houses belonging to Coptic Christians in Minbal village in the Mattay region of Minya governorate in Upper Egypt, were attacked by a mob on 9 July, following the publication of a Facebook post which was deemed to be offensive to Islam. The mob threw

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TURKEY: Pastor Andrew Brunson Sent Back to Jail

American pastor Andrew Brunson’s hopes of being released from jail in Turkey have been dashed yet again. Yesterday, a judge ordered Pastor Andrew to remain behind bars, despite intense international lobbying raising hopes he would be freed. Turkey has just declared an end to the

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Once Abused now Embraced

Duhra was born into unhappiness. Abandoned by her father at birth, and resented by her mother, Duhra was left with her devout Muslim grandmother while her mother went overseas to work. Feeling abandoned by her parents, Duhra prayed to Allah for help: “I need a

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Project: Motorbike for Indonesian Team

Recently with the help of our supporters, VOM supplied a motorbike to a Christian outreach team in Indonesia. The motorbike will benefit a team of five members. The team have been receiving threats, including the threat of being burned alive, from their Muslim neighbours. The

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editorial

Conversations with God

“Being a Christian in Egypt today, is knowing how to endure many hardships because we are part of the minority, and the predominant Muslim culture is intolerant of those who do not follow the Muslim way.” ─ a Muslim background believer in Cairo. Even the

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algeria

ALGERIA: Christian Acquitted

In April 2016, Idir Hamdad was returning to Algeria from a study trip to Amman, Jordan. When his luggage was inspected at the airport upon return, customs officials found his Bible and some other Christian books, along with some cross-shaped keychains he had been given.

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IRAN: Pastor’s Son Receives Verdict

Ramiel Bet Tamraz and a friend have each been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for “acting against national security” by joining house churches. Judge Ahmadzadeh oversaw the hearing on 18 June and delivered the verdict on 11 July. There is likely to be an appeal,

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china

CHINA: Churches Across Beijing Subject to Investigation

Beijing ordered all of its districts to execute a thorough investigation of churches in early July, according to ChinaAid. Haidian District’s Office of Ethics, Religious, and Overseas Chinese Affairs issued a notice on 4 July, ordering government departments to make contact with churches in the

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nigeria

NIGERIA: Killing Spree by the Fulani Herdsmen

For four days from the 21 June, Fulani herdsman went on a killing spree and wiped out northern Nigerian villages in Plateau state surrounding the city of Jos. At least 200 Christians lost their lives in the massacre. Currently, over 3,000 survivors have lost their homes and families with no

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