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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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PAKISTAN: Christian Family Flees After Home Set on Fire

The only Christian family in their area were beaten and saw their house set on fire in a city in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Then they were told they will be killed if they return. The family – an elderly couple with their four sons, daughters-in-law

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PAKISTAN: Religiously Motivated Acid Attack Kills Christian

Faraz Badar, a 26-year old Christian resident of Gujranwala, died in a Lahore hospital on 15 September. He succumbed to burn injuries that he received when unidentified attackers sprayed acid on him during the early hours of 5 September in Gujranwala. Faraz was brought to

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KENYA: Murdered for Not Reciting Islamic Creeds

Two bus passengers were executed on 14 September when they failed to recite Muslim prayers. The men were travelling to the town of Garissa when their bus was pulled over by seven Al-Shabaab militants. The passengers were ordered to show ID and three non-locals were

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BANGLADESH: Christian Convert Released from Prison

A Christian convert from Islam who had been imprisoned for more than two years was released on bail recently. Sisir Islam became a believer in 2012 and immediately began sharing Jesus with others in his community, leading 17 friends to Christ. On 23 September 2014,

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NIGERIA: Father’s Joy at Voice of Abducted Daughter

The father of a Nigerian schoolgirl being held by Islamist militant group since February has told the BBC he is delighted to hear her voice in a recently released audio recording. “It really is her voice. Before, I thought she wasn’t even alive,” Nathan Sharibu

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UGANDA: Church Closes After Repeated Attacks

A church outside of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, closed in early August after months of harassment by local Muslims. The final blow came on 4 August when a stone was thrown through a window, striking Pastor Moreen Sanyu of the Greater Love Church in

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TAJIKISTAN: Christians Arrested and Fined

Ten Christians were arrested by the security police in Tajikistan on 7 August. The group had gone to the Pamirs mountain area to share the Gospel and hand out Christian literature in Russian, Tajik and other local languages. According to a partner of Release International,

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COMOROS: Sunni Islam Declared Official Religion

Constitutional reforms approved in a referendum on 30 July have created concerns in the African island nation of Comoros. Opposition leaders called on people to boycott the referendum, believing that it was not legitimate. Along with extending the power and term of the president, one

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pakistan

PAKISTAN: Christian Brutally Beaten

On 2 August, Vishal Masih, an 18-year-old Pakistani Christian, was severely beaten by a group of Muslims after winning an arm-wrestling match in Nabipur village. Located in Sheikhupura District, Nabipur has become the latest site of religiously motivated violence in Pakistan. Waris Masih, Vishal’s cousin,

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TURKEY: New Regulations to Affect Christians

Following the June election, the president issued several decrees that will affect Christians in Turkey. According to a Turkish pastor, meetings in homes are now illegal. Though the law may be intended to hinder Islamic sectarian meetings, it will definitely hinder Christians meeting as well.

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NIGERIA: Leah Sharibu Still in Captivity for Her Faith

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Leah Sharibu is still being held by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. It has been 120 days since the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. Sadly, Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl among them, is still in

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Once Abused now Embraced

Duhra was born into unhappiness. Abandoned by her father at birth, and resented by her mother, Duhra was left with her devout Muslim grandmother while her mother went overseas to work. Feeling abandoned by her parents, Duhra prayed to Allah for help: “I need a

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Conversations with God

“Being a Christian in Egypt today, is knowing how to endure many hardships because we are part of the minority, and the predominant Muslim culture is intolerant of those who do not follow the Muslim way.” ─ a Muslim background believer in Cairo. Even the

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IRAN: Pastor’s Son Receives Verdict

Ramiel Bet Tamraz and a friend have each been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for “acting against national security” by joining house churches. Judge Ahmadzadeh oversaw the hearing on 18 June and delivered the verdict on 11 July. There is likely to be an appeal,

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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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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Marks Nine Years Since Arrest

This month marks the ninth anniversary of the arrest of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy in Pakistan. The case against Bibi remains the highest profile blasphemy case in Pakistan and has claimed the lives of two prominent Pakistani

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I Have Lost Bing Bing!

Pastor Estefanus relates his story and heartache Pastor Estefanus was not at the main church on that fateful Sunday when the bombs exploded at the Pentekosta Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), as he was preaching at another church in West Surabaya when it happened. “I have

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