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LAOS: Christians Released

Six Christians in Laos who spent more than a month in jail for celebrating Christmas have now been set free. The Christians in Vientiane province were taken into custody because they had not sought official permission to hold a Christmas celebration. Most were ethnic Hmong

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CHINA: Officials Auction Church to Pay Fine

Authorities forcibly sold three sites of the largest house church in the capital China’s southern Guizhou province Sunday, only informing the owners on the day of the auction. On 11 February, Su Tianfu, pastor of Huoshi Church, the largest house church in Guiyang, Guizhou, received

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RUSSIA: Terror Strikes in Dagestan

On Sunday 18 February a local Islamic jihadi attacked Christians as they emerged from Kizlyar’s Russian Orthodox church. They had been ushering in Lent when the gunman approached, cried “Allahu Akbar” and opened fire. To keep the gunman outside, believers barricaded the church door while

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UGANDA: High Cost of Faith in Eastern Region

Uganda’s population is 85% Christian, with a Christian president and a secular constitution which guarantees religious freedom. However, persecution with impunity is becoming prevalent in the Muslim-dominated Eastern Region. Munabi Abudallah put his faith in Christ on 20 January and within 24 hours had lost

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MYANMAR: Pray for the Family of Murdered Christian

‘Than’ a 37-year-old Christian father of five, was brutally murdered by unknown attackers recently. His wife, Aung, discovered his body on the side of the road, covered in blood, as she returned from collecting firewood for cooking. Than’s killers had slit his wrists, stabbed him

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KENYA: Students Attacked in High School Clash

On the night of 23 January, several students at a high school beat and stabbed fellow classmates for refusing to convert to Islam. Tensions had been growing for weeks at Jamhuri High School in northern Nairobi due to the complaints of the Muslim students –

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NIGERIA: Renewed Fulani Attacks on Christian Community

No fewer than 75 corpses have been recovered following a string of attacks by Fulani herdsmen on the predominantly Christian community of Miango, in the Bassa local government area of Plateau state, central Nigeria. Jerry Datim, a religious leader from the area, told World Watch

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TAJIKISTAN: Pray for Gulnora, Wife of Imprisoned Pastor

Gulnora’s problems with hypertension began soon after the secret police arrested her husband, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov. Bakhrom, 42, was arrested on 10 April 2017 in a raid on the Sonmin Sonbogym (Good News of Grace) Protestant Church by secret police. They also harassed and beat

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Rejoicing Behind Prison Bars

I remember interviewing two ex-prisoners in Laos who were arrested and imprisoned for sharing the Gospel. Their treatment was severe, they were beaten then left in a small, dark prison cell, with stocks binding their ankles. Part of their punishment was to deprive them of

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INDIA: Persecuted Indian Christians Denied Access to Water

Christians in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh are being denied access to water for their crops – to force them to deny Jesus. They have steadfastly refused. Local Hindus are refusing to sell water from their boreholes to four Christian families,

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PAKISTAN: Christian Accused of Blasphemy

A Pakistani bike shop owner has been accused of blasphemy after telling one of his customers that Christians believe Jesus to have been the final prophet. Ashfaq Masih, 28, was arrested following accusations that he had “disrespected” Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. The incident took place in

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PAKISTAN: Two Chinese Students Killed by ISIS

Two Chinese students, whom the Pakistani government accused of “preaching,” were kidnapped and killed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) in May. Chinese nationals, Li Xinheng and Lu Ling Lina lived in Quetta, Pakistan, where they were studying at a local language school with the

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ERITREA: One Hundred Christians Recently Detained

The Eritrean government has stepped up its campaign against Christians, arresting almost a hundred followers of Christ in recent weeks. The arrests came as believers in the repressive East African country marked ten years since government officials placed the Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch, Abune Antonios, under

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KENYA: Christian Teacher Shot Dead in Front of his Pupils

Al-Shabaab militants walked into Fafi Primary School, 95 km from Garissa, and shot dead a Christian teacher, Elly Oloo Ojiema ─ right in front of his pupils. They kidnapped another Christian teacher, Joseph Kamau, and a Muslim colleague who tried to protect him. The Muslim

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The Prison Pastor

Imprisoned as a threat to the state, Pastor Kashkumbaev had every reason to feel discouraged. But a pointed question from a Christian brother changed his perspective, leading to a powerful work of God in a Kazakhstani prison. “You will serve 10 years of hard time,”

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An Interview with Petr Jasek

Late in 2015 Petr Jasek went to Sudan on behalf of Voice of the Martyrs to serve hurting people in the name of Jesus Christ. He was arrested then charged with conspiring against the Sudanese government. “They started to slap to my face, I was

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AFGHANISTAN: Attack at Mission Guest House

Two women working for a Swedish mission, known as Operation Mercy, were targeted by unknown attackers at their guest house in Kabul on 20 May. A German national and her Afghan guard were tragically killed, while a woman from Finland was kidnapped. All the mission’s

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IRAQ: Abducted Girl Reunited with Her Parents

After almost three years in captivity, an Iraqi Christian girl abducted by the Islamic State in August 2014 has finally been reunited with her parents. Christina Abada, who is about to celebrate her sixth birthday, was welcomed home last week. Locals say she was released

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PAKISTAN: Sanitary Worker Dies

A young Christian sanitary worker, who fell unconscious due to suffocation while cleaning a drain, died after Muslim doctors in a hospital refused to touch his dirty body as they were fasting, according to local media. The worker, identified as Irfan Masih, along with three

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