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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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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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PAKISTAN: Killer of Christian Student Freed

The Multan High Court has ordered the release on bail of Ahmed Raza, the Muslim student arrested for killing Sharoon Masih, 17, his classmate of Christian faith. The latter was beaten to death after being found “guilty” of drinking from the same water dispenser as

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UGANDA: Refusal to Convert Ends in Tragedy

A Christian woman has been brutally attacked with a machete by her Muslim husband for refusing to convert to his religion. The attack led to the death of the woman’s one-week-old twins. Regina Navatovu, 35, lived with her husband, Asuman Sekidde, in Bumogolo village in

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TANZANIA: Punished and Bullied Because of his Faith

A young boy who is one of only two Christians at his school in Zanzibar has been punished by teachers and bullied by students because of his faith. One day a group of Muslim boys locked him in an outhouse for several hours, and another

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Awakened to the Truth

Born in Indonesia and coming from a devout Muslim family, Jacob was no different from any of the other Muslim children. His indoctrination into the Muslim faith began at a very young age. From kindergarten and into primary and high school years, Jacob was forced

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EGYPT: Sinai Militants Pledge to “Kill More Copts”

Bassem Herz Attalhah, 27, also known as Haythem Shehata, was on his way home from work in El-Arish, capital of North Sinai governorate, on Saturday evening (13 January), with his brother Osama and neighbour and friend Mohamed, when they were stopped by three armed men,

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KYRGYZSTAN: “Amazing sign” Encourages Church

Muslim militants used Molotov cocktails to set fire to the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Kaji-Say in the early hours of 3 January. The building, which stands on the south shore of Lake Issyk Kul, was badly damaged in the blaze, with many pews destroyed.

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EGYPT: Copts Start to Rebuild

Twelve years after their previous church was closed, the Coptic community in the Egyptian village of Kom El-Loufy, 250km south of Cairo, is celebrating as a new church is built. Last month, with the agreement of local Muslims, the Copts started digging the foundations on

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PAKISTAN: Mentally Ill Christian Man Held in Jail

A Pakistani Christian man with mental health issues who was arrested on the day of his son’s funeral has been charged with blasphemy and is being held in custody. Iqbal Masih, 65, who is a retired father of nine, and is from Fazlia Colony, Lahore,

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BANGLADESH: Pray for Imam Fedu, a New Christian Convert

Imam Fedu, a Muslim scholar and teacher in Bangladesh, recently placed his faith in Christ after receiving a Christian tract and hearing the Gospel from a Christian worker. “Jesus is the Saviour,” Fedu said. He immediately resigned from his Muslim work and made plans to

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PAKISTAN: Misuse of the Blasphemy Law

Members of a Pakistani parliamentary committee have said it is necessary to prevent the misuse of the blasphemy law. Last Thursday the chairwoman of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, Senator Nasreen Jalil, said innocent people have suffered and been wrongly accused of blasphemy.

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ALGERIA: Church Closed

A church in Algeria’s north-western town of Aïn Turk (15km from Oran city) has been closed down by local authorities. Affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria (known as EPA), the church was sealed off by police on 9 November. Authorities in Oran claimed the

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IRAQ: Families Again Forced to Flee Hometown

Hundreds of Iraqi Christian families had recently returned to their hometown of Teleskuf, after being displaced for years due to attacks perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, only to be forced to flee their northern Iraq community all over again. These families

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INDONESIA: House Church Being Pressured to Close

A house church in East Java, Indonesia, is being pressured by local authorities and the Islamic group Wahidiyah to stop meeting in a pastor’s home. Although neighbours did not initially object to the house church, some have begun to complain since authorities and the Islamic

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IRAN: Christian Convert Arrested in Iran

On 19 October, a member of the Payam-e Aramesh (meaning ‘Message of Peace’) house church in Dezful was arrested and transferred to another city named Ahwaz. Shortly before arresting Abdol-Ali Pourmand (also referred to as Elyas), security authorities raided his home while he was away

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PAKISTAN: Claims that Police are Ignoring Bullying

The father of Sharoon Masih, a 17-year-old Christian student that was murdered by a Muslim classmate in August, claims that police are ignoring the anti-Christian bullying taking place at Sharoon’s school. Following the murder, police claim they interviewed other Christian students at MC Model Boys

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PAKISTAN: Police Fail to Protect Christian Girl

Pakistani authorities have been accused of failing to protect a 17-year-old Christian girl who for years has been sexually harassed and stalked by a Muslim man who threatened to throw acid on her. The British Pakistani Christian Association said Tuesday that the girl, Samina Iqbal from

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IRAQ: Christians Forced to Flee Teleskuf

With the recent clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Army in the Nineveh Plains of Northern Iraq, hundreds of Christians have been forced to flee the Christian town of Teleskuf, located about 24km north of Mosul. Teleskuf fell into the hands of

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MALI: Militants Attack Churches in Northern Regions

In late September and early October, at least three churches in the Mopti region have received “visits” from jihadists. In Dobara, the militants smashed their way into a church from which they removed crosses and furnishings that were later piled up outside and burned. In

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