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eritrea

ERITREA: Christian Crisis in the Horn of Africa

On 9 July 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki (president since 1993) signed a “declaration of peace and friendship” and declared the “state of war” officially over. President Afwerki had long used the ‘Ethiopian threat’ as a pretext to justify

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india

INDIA: Election Results Raise Concerns for Christians

As more than 600 million citizens cast their ballots in the Indian general election, Christians and members of other religious minorities had added concerns about the outcome. Those concerns were realised after the results came in, for the Hindu-nationalist BJP party captured 303 of the

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MALAYSIA: Establishment of Special Task Force

The Malaysian government has expressed that it will set up a special task force to investigate the cases of missing Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis activist Amri Che Mat, a move that is welcomed by the Koh family. On 23 May, Home Minister Tan Sri

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KURDISTAN: Church Built with State Approval

Hope awakens in northern Iraq as another church is built with the support of the government. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) supervised the construction of the first Armenian Orthodox Church in Erbil through their department of religious affairs. According to a local news source, a

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india

INDIA: Prayer Needed for Upcoming election

India’s 2019 general election will take place in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May. The new parliament will be announced on 23 May. The Hindu nationalist BJP has ruled with a simple majority for the past five years. Its electoral success is the

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algeria

ALGERIA: Authorities Shut Down Church Again

Christians in Algeria request prayer for a congregation in the Kayblie region, which faces ongoing pressure from the authorities. After officials sealed the church building in October, the congregation continued to meet for worship in a tent erected in the church yard. On 28 January,

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UZBEKISTAN: Meeting Raided, Believers Threatened

Police in Pap in Uzbekistan’s eastern Namangan Region on 19 November raided a group of Protestants meeting in a home for a meal and to read the Bible. Police searched the flat illegally without a search warrant and confiscated legally-bought literature including Bibles. Officers arrested

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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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Project: Myanmar Emergency Packs Distributed

We are currently in the process of distributing emergency packs to 4,000 people in the Kachin state area of Myanmar. These people are Christians and have been displaced through continuous harassment which included mortars and airstrikes by government forces. There are more than 10,000 people

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CHINA: Christian Nursing Home Forcibly Demolished

At the beginning of the month, the government forcibly demolished a nursing home established by the Baishitang Church in Luhe County, Shanwei, Guangdong province. Before it was levelled, more than 100 Christians used the nursing home as a gathering point. On 14 May, a person

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Project: Support for Nigeria

Deborah Shior, a displaced woman with three children said life became miserable for her after Fulani herdsmen attacked her village in Nigeria. According to Deborah, the Fulani herdsmen became furious when Benue State Government passed the anti-open grazing bill. They started attacking and killing people.

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india

INDIA: Efforts to Rewrite Indian History Raising Concerns

Several months ago, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed a committee of scholars to study the history of India and the role of Hinduism in the country. It is only recently that details of the committee’s recommendations are becoming publicly known, raising concerns among Christians

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China

CHINA: Government Passes Restrictions

Christians in China ask for prayer as the government continues to further restrict Christian activity. In February, churches were ordered to report their religious activities to authorities. In March, the Communist Party disbanded its Religious Affairs Bureau and the Communist Party’s Central Committee absorbed the

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LAOS: Standing for God at Christmas

Late last week, a local church from a small village in Laos was about to conduct a Christmas service when the police arrived. The police were claiming the church did not have the necessary permission or paperwork, and they were there to shut down the

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CHINA: Pray for Christians Forced to Reject their Faith

Government officials in Jiangxi province have pledged to help Christians living in poverty under the condition that they reject their faith, follow communism and replace their pictures of Jesus with pictures of President Xi Jinping. While authorities claim the Christians are voluntarily replacing their religious

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NIGERIA: Plateau Attackers Arrested

After a period of relative calm, violence has resumed in Plateau state, which has also witnessed the deadliest sectarian violence in Nigeria’s recent history. Many experts now report that ongoing violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, where mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen have attacked predominantly Christian farmers,

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eritrea

ERITREA: Pray for the Children of Believers

Fikadu Debesay, a mother of three children, died a few weeks ago at Metkel Abiet, an Eritrean detention camp. She had been imprisoned for worshiping in a Lutheran church not recognised by the government. She, along with her husband were among 33 believers arrested on

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CHINA: Banned for ‘Brainwashing’ Children

Officials in China’s central Henan province closed down a Christian-run institution dedicated to bringing children up with good morals, saying its religious component “brainwashed” its students. Ms Zhu, a Christian woman, told a China Aid reporter on 14 September that national security officers arrived at

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INDIA: State Government Passes Anti-Conversion Bill

The Jharkhand Assembly, a state legislative body in north-eastern India, passed the Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Bill-2017, also known as “Jharkhand Dharma Swatantra Adhiniyam”, on Saturday 12 August. The bill will now be sent to the governor, following whose approval it would go to the

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ERITREA: Christian Mother Dies in Prison

Fikadu Debesay, who was detained with her husband in May during raids targeting Evangelical Christians in Adi Quala town, Eritrea, has died in incarceration. The mother of three reportedly died last week in Metkel Abiet, a desert camp situated between the towns of Gahtelai and

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