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INDIA: Grandmother Murdered for ‘Disturbing the Peace’

An Indian grandmother was stripped naked, beaten to death and her body burned, apparently because her Christian faith was “disturbing the peace” in her village. The incident, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, followed other serious attacks on vulnerable Christians in the state this

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EGYPT: Church Bombing Kills At Least 25

On 11 December, an explosion in the main hall of St Mark’s Cathedral, the largest Coptic church in Cairo, killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50. The blast took place during Sunday morning mass in the chapel adjoining the main hall of the

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PAKISTAN: Five Men Sentenced for Killing Christian Couple

Five men have been sentenced to death for their part in the mob killing of a Christian couple. Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi had been falsely accused of desecrating a copy of the Koran and breaking Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws. More than 400 people took part

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IRAN: Christians Facing Persecution in Refugee Camps

Religiously motivated violence among immigrants at a refugee centre in the central German town of Rotenburg an der Fulda has left life for some Christians “still unbearable” despite praiseworthy responses to incidents. A case study, which Open Doors has released as an example for other

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Christians Facing Islamic Extremists: ISIS

Region: Iraq, Syria “Convert, pay a tax, leave or die.” The self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) became infamous when it invaded the city of Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014. Mosul, which is the ancient biblical city of Nineveh, has been home to Christians for almost 2,000

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LAOS: Ket and Boua Arrested for Christian Activities

Two Christians in Laos were detained in early August for sharing their Christian faith. ‘Ket’ was arrested for distributing Christian materials in his village. And when authorities learned that he received the materials from ‘Boua,’ a Christian woman living in another village, they arrested her

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YEMEN: Christians Facing Increased Hardships

The civil war in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis, leaving the Christian minority vulnerable to increased persecution by various militant groups. A mission group is delivering food and water supplies to a small community of Christian families who have no source of income, and

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COLOMBIA: Pastors Threatened by Guerilla Groups

A violent guerrilla group summoned nine Colombian pastors to a meeting on 8 July after the pastors refused to pay “protection money” in June. On 7 July, the National Liberation Army (ELN) sent a note ordering the pastors to attend a meeting across the border

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EGYPT: Chance to Scrap Blasphemy Law

Reformers are pushing for Egypt’s ‘blasphemy law’ to be scrapped, but government ministers are trying to block their efforts. The law is almost always used to prosecute those who are seen to criticise Islam and is often misused to persecute minorities such as Christians. The

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EGYPT: Muslim Mob Attacks Christian Homes

A Muslim mob looted and torched Christian property and homes in Al-Beida village, Egypt on 17 June, after rumours spread of a Christian-owned building being turned into a local church. More than 80 Christian families were affected by the attack last Friday, leaving hundreds afraid

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ALGERIA: Church Ordered to Close

On 24 April church leaders received a letter from the district authorities requiring their church to cease all religious activities on the grounds that they are in breach of a 2006 decree which regulates non-Muslim worship. This is the second time a church in this

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Bibles, We Need More Bibles!

How many Bibles do you own? As I write this I’m counting how many Bibles I have sitting in various locations at home. Without looking hard I know I have multiple copies of the CSV Children’s Bible, the NLT, NIV 1984 and 2011 versions and

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LAOS: Pray for ‘Dee’ Living in Safe House

A teenage girl from Laos went home while on holiday from her high school to share her new Christian faith with her family, but was immediately rejected and disowned for becoming a believer. ‘Dee,’ 16, had once heard many negative things about the Christian faith,

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INDIA: Persecution of Christians Continues

According to a report by the Evangelical Fellowship of India, 177 incidents of persecution were recorded against the country’s Christian community in 2015. The incidents included physical violence, discontinuation of worship services, church attacks, rape, and arrests of pastors and Christian workers. The report also

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SYRIA: Release of 43 Assyrian Christians

Islamic State has released the last group of Assyrian Christians being held hostage in the Syrian Province of Hasakah. Forty-three individuals were released, signalling the end of the hostage situation in Hasakah – namely, the members of the Assyrian Church. Those released are now reunited

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Iran: The Honour of Being Tortured

Arrested and tortured, the young church pastor wanted to talk to his leader. What would he say? Where was God in his suffering? Pastor Hormoz describes the surprising words of this young man. Listen to the full interview here.

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IRAN: Saeed Abedini Released

Christians around the world rejoice that Saeed Abedini has been released from prison. Saeed, an Iranian believer from a Muslim background who later became a US citizen, had been imprisoned since September 2012. He was serving an eight-year prison sentence on charges of undermining national

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Muslims are Coming to Christ

With the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in 2014, and many terrorist killings each year, it can be easy to focus on the negative. Instead, several Iranian Christian leaders worked together to share eight reasons why Muslims, particularly in Iran, are being drawn

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NIGERIA: Christians Still Suffering

Since Christmas Day, hard-line Islamist terrorists from Boko Haram have murdered nearly 100 people in attacks ranging from Maiduguri and its surrounding towns in Borno State, to Madagali in Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria. In its six-year history of military offensives, Boko Haram has murdered upwards

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BANGLADESH: Pastors Receiving Death Threats

Pastor Barnabas Hemrom recently received a letter containing death threats against him and nine other area pastors. The letter stated, “This time our plan is to kill one by one all those who are preaching Christianity in Bangladesh. Our country will be run only under

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