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INDONESIA: Bombing Victim Laid to Rest

As people come to terms with the reality that three churches were targeted by suicide bombers in Indonesia, the families of the victims begin to lay their loved ones to rest. Our CEO is in Surabaya to assist where needed, attending the funeral today for

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IRAQ: Revival of Life in Qaraqosh

For many Christian families in Qaraqosh, this Easter is particularly special, as they will be celebrating it at home for the first time since fleeing the city in 2014. The city, located in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, was occupied by the Islamic State group for

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RUSSIA: Terror Strikes in Dagestan

On Sunday 18 February a local Islamic jihadi attacked Christians as they emerged from Kizlyar’s Russian Orthodox church. They had been ushering in Lent when the gunman approached, cried “Allahu Akbar” and opened fire. To keep the gunman outside, believers barricaded the church door while

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EGYPT: ISIS Renews Threat to Copts

A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group media outlet has issued a new threat against Egypt’s Coptic Christians, saying they must be attacked as “infidel fighters” and their churches must be blown up. Twenty-eight Copts were killed in an attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility in which

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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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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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EGYPT: Orthodox Priest Murdered by Extremist

A 50-year-old Coptic Orthodox priest from Upper Egypt was stabbed to death, and another was wounded, by a suspected extremist on 12 October. Father Samaan Shahata Rizkallah was chased and stabbed repeatedly in the head, neck and abdomen by a man wielding a meat cleaver,

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ISIS – Pushing Muslims Toward Christ

Islamic State (ISIS) is now believed to have fully operational branches in 18 countries across the world, not only persecuting Christians, but also pushing Muslims toward Christ. Its efforts to create a ‘pure’ Islamic nation are causing a growing number of Muslims to examine their

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EGYPT: Christians on High Alert Amid Bomb Threats

Our Christian family in Egypt has been warned to expect further attacks by Islamist extremists. They’re in urgent need of our prayers. Intelligence reports have raised fears of a fresh wave of violence specifically targeting believers travelling to summer camps by bus. Officials have asked

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EGYPT: Four More Copts Killed

Coptic Christians in Egypt are reeling from a fresh spate of murders, which they fear are part of a jihadist campaign against them. Three Coptic men were found dead in the space of eight days from the last week of June to the first week

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IRAQ: Abducted Girl Reunited with Her Parents

After almost three years in captivity, an Iraqi Christian girl abducted by the Islamic State in August 2014 has finally been reunited with her parents. Christina Abada, who is about to celebrate her sixth birthday, was welcomed home last week. Locals say she was released

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EGYPT: Threats Continue for Egypt’s Copts

A bomb was found outside an Egyptian church just south of the capital, Cairo on 29 May, according to Coptic news site Watani. A guard reportedly found the bomb inside a paper box by the gate to the Anba-Barsoum al-Erian Monastery, in the Greater Cairo

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EGYPT: Palm Sunday Turns into a Bloody Massacre

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Egypt targeting Coptic churches. The first bombing in the town of Tanta and the second in Alexandra has claimed the lives of 44 people and has injured 126 to date. Our contact in

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EGYPT: Churches Provide Homes for Coptic Christians

Some 48 families have received apartments in Mostaqbal City, Ismailia governorate, according to Father Youssef Shoukry, the pastor of Saint Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church in Ismailia, who is in charge of the welfare of Coptic Christian families that fled systematic attacks by terrorists in al-Arish, North

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INDONESIA: Boy, 4, ‘Ashamed’ by Wounds

Just over four months ago, on 13 November 2016, a two-year-old girl died after suffering 75% burns during a bomb attack on a church in Indonesia. Three other young children were also injured – Anita (also two), Trinity (three) and Alvaro (four) – during the

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EGYPT: Christians Flee Their Homes

We’ve all seen the stories in the news of Christians being forced out of their homes by extremists in the Middle East but it’s no longer just in war-torn countries such as Iraq and Syria. Now Christians in a northern Egyptian city have fled after

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Forgiveness: A Light in the Darkness

When asked what she prays for, 11-year-old Myriam Behnam is quick to answer. “When I pray, I pray that God might help us to go back home,” she said, “and that the peace of God might come all over Iraq. And also, may God forgive

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IRAQ: The Cross Returns to The Nineveh Plain

There were tears, praying and singing as the cross ─ deemed illegal by ISIS – returned to the Christian villages in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain. News continues to emerge of villages being reclaimed from ISIS, and signs of destruction become apparent. As soon as it was

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Christians Facing Islamic Extremists: ISIS

Region: Iraq, Syria “Convert, pay a tax, leave or die.” The self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) became infamous when it invaded the city of Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014. Mosul, which is the ancient biblical city of Nineveh, has been home to Christians for almost 2,000

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