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IRAN: Christian Refused Permission to Visit Dying Mother

Ebrahim Firouzi has been imprisoned since August 2013 on charges, including “actions against national security”. He is presently being held at the Rajai Shahr Prison, considered one of the harshest in the country. Ebrahim’s mother, Kobra Kamrani, died on Monday 3 December. She had cancer

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Project: Support for Women in Vietnam

Persecution of Christians varies in Vietnam, but most frequently occurs in the Central Highlands and in remote rural areas. Persecution includes imprisonment, harassment, discrimination, threats and attacks. Recently, with the help of our supporters, Voice of the Martyrs Australia has been able offer support to

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Persecution Leads to Faith for the Generations in China

Esther’s faith was transformed after her parents’ arrest and imprisonment in China, now many years on, she shares the Gospel with Chinese students in Los Angeles. Esther’s father, Yang Xuan, and mother, Yang Caizhen, were imprisoned in 2009 when their 50,000-member house church network, Linfen,

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Sarah of China

Xianzhi ”Sarah” Liu was beaten and imprisoned for six years in China. Sarah’s Trail of Blood is a powerful dramatization of what happened to this courageous woman of God because of her faith in Jesus Christ. You’ll be inspired by her story. If you would

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Prisoner’s one Request: Pray for Eritrea!

Twen Theodros has spent 13 years behind bars in Eritrea. Despite having suffered brutal treatment, this young woman, who is described as a “precious, lovely Christian” by those who know her, is more concerned about others than for her own wellbeing. VOM’s partner, Release International,

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MYANMAR: Forced to join the Army, Forced to Deny their Faith

Churches, priests and Christian missionaries working in Wa, a mountainous region in the eastern state of Shan, are victims of the repression of Myanmar’s largest rebel army, the United Wa State Army (UWSA). It is the armed wing of the United Wa State Party (UWSP),

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PAKISTAN: Government gives in to Protesters, Asia Free in Name Only

On Wednesday 31 October 2018, more than four years after agreeing to hear her appeal, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned Asia’s conviction, ordering her immediate release from prison. Voice of the Martyrs staff and supporters were overjoyed, thanking God for the release of our sister Asia.

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CENTRAL ASIA: Clampdown on Christianity

Throughout Central Asia, Christians are facing worship bans, arrest and torture as Islamic nationalism gains ground. A recent survey revealed that 263 people had been punished in Kazakhstan during 2017 for hosting religious meetings, offering religious literature, or other religious crimes. Most of those prosecuted

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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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KYRGYZSTAN: Church of Muslim Converts Told to Close

A church in Kyrgyzstan that is home to many former Muslims has been ordered to cease its Sunday worship. A local source told World Watch Monitor that services at the church, which is led by a convert from Islam, have been interrupted twice in the

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Abraham Ben Moses

On 7 May, the Tangerang District Court in Indonesia sentenced Reverend Abraham Ben Moses to four years in prison and issued him a 50 million Rupiah fine (4,750 AUD) for religious defamation. If he cannot afford to pay the fine, “it can be replaced with

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IRAN: Two Believers Await Ruling on Prison Terms

Two Iranian Christians continue to await a judge’s decision on their appeal of prison sentences they received in December 2017. Eskander Rezaie and Suroush Saraie, both of whom have been previously imprisoned, face eight-year sentences if their appeal is denied. Eskander was arrested in July

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Remains in Prison, in Good Spirits

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, was convicted of blasphemy after a co-worker accused Bibi of insulting the prophet Mohammed. While she maintains her innocence, an accusation of blasphemy is enough to warrant the death penalty in Pakistan. Asia’s conviction has brought international attention to the

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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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CHINA: Christians arrested in “cult” crackdown

A crackdown on “cults” in Yunnan province has led to mass arrests of Christians – with many now facing long jail sentences. Six members of a church in the Lincang area have just been handed sentences of up to 13 years – after a court

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IRAN: Christians Receive Eight Year Sentences

Two Iranian Christians were sentenced to a total of eight years in prison by a revolutionary court in December 2017, after being convicted of national security-related crimes. Suroush Saraie and Eskandar Rezaie, who are both members of the Church of Iran denomination, each received seven-year

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Helen’s Song

Helen speaks about her experience of imprisonment inside a shipping container in Eritrea and how she remained faithful to her God.

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