IRAQ: Five Years after IS Occupied Mosul, Returnees Live in Fear
  • 13 June 2019

The Islamic State’s three-year occupation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and its surrounding villages ended nearly two years ago. Yet the city and its diminished number of Christian residents remain vulnerable. Last month the Iraqi government announced it would arm residents of 50 villages around Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, so they could protect themselves against pockets […]

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KURDISTAN: Church Built with State Approval
  • 11 April 2019

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 spokesman from the KRG was quoted as saying, “The opening […]

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Mahrous’s story
  • 24 January 2019

Turks are expected to be Muslim – a conviction that’s fostered by the government in a ploy to consolidate power. Most are proudly Muslim and hold the faith as a core part of their nationalist identity, even if they aren’t devout. There are approximately 7,000 Turkish national evangelical Christians, most of whom are converts from […]

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RUSSIA: Church Attack in Chechnya
  • 31 May 2018

On Saturday 19 May, four gunmen stormed the Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in Grozny, Chechnya. Before they were shot dead by police, they had killed one church member and two security officers. Two other officers and another church member were also injured. According to the pastor, churchgoers heard shouts of “Allahu Akbar” outside the church […]

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PAKISTAN: Two Christians Killed in Drive-By Shooting
  • 18 April 2018

At least two Christians were killed and three others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a group of Christians gathered in the Essa Nagri area of Quetta, Pakistan. ISIS’s local branch claimed responsibility for Sunday’s deadly attack, marking its third attack on Christians in Quetta in recent months. “Four men on two motorbikes opened […]

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