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SUDAN: Petr Jasek Shares about his Time in Prison

After spending 445 days imprisoned in Sudan on false charges that included “espionage” and “waging war against the state,” long-time VOM staff member Petr Jasek is finally home with his family in Prague. For nearly 15 months, Petr was moved among five prisons in Khartoum,

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CHINA: Pastor Yang Hua Sentenced

After secretly trying Yang Hua for “divulging state secrets,” a judge sentenced the pastor of Living Stone Church on 5 January to two years and six months in prison. Pastor Yang, also known by his legal name, Li Guoshi, has been held since 9 December

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SUDAN: Pastor Released from Prison

Christians in Sudan are thankful that Rev Kuwa Shamal Abazmam Kurri, the head of the mission office of the Sudan Church of Christ, was released from prison on Monday 2 January. He is one of four men detained since December 2015 in Khartoum who have

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KYRGYZSTAN: Marat Niyazaliev Falsely Accused

Kyrgyzstani believer Marat Niyazaliev remains in an investigative prison after being falsely accused of molesting a young girl. At the time of the alleged molestation, Marat was in a city about 95 kilometres away, renewing his passport. He made a phone call on the bus

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A Letter From Prison

What’s it like to hear from your pastor husband, who has spent over a year in prison? Pastor Yang Hua was abducted by Chinese police 9 December 2015 and accused of “divulging state secrets”. Yang has not yet gone to trial, but his words to

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ALGERIA: Christian Imprisoned for Blasphemy

On 6 September Slimane Bouhafs (49), an Algerian Christian man, was convicted of blasphemy and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. Because of Slimane’s deteriorating health, his family and the Algerian Human Rights League (the LADDH) made a public appeal in October for a presidential

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UZBEKISTAN: Prisoner Alert Prisoner Set Free

Tohar Haydarov was quietly released from prison in Uzbekistan on 8 November. He had served nearly seven years of his 10-year prison sentence and was released for good behaviour. He may face parole conditions, and authorities told him not to get in trouble or he

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IRAN: Pastor Behnam Irani Freed from Jail

Behnam Irani was released from prison last week being jailed for six years for leading a house church and sharing his faith. Behnam Irani of the self-styled Church of Iran was given a five-year suspended sentence in 2008, after he was charged with action against

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UZBEKISTAN: Prisoner Granted Asylum

Three years ago, Pastor Dmitry Shestakov and his family fled Uzbekistan after he had spent four years in a labour camp and subsequently received numerous death threats. The family’s journey of freedom officially ended on 30 August as they arrived in the United States, where

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WriteToPrisoners

Send Notes to Families of Imprisoned Christians

Have you ever received an encouraging note while you were going through a difficult time? It is refreshing to know that someone cares enough to send a card. You can write directly to families of Christian imprisoned for their faith to let them know they

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IRAN: Christian Prisoner in Urgent Need of Medical Care

Family and friends of Maryam (Naseem) Naghash Zargaran, a believer from a Muslim background who has been held for nearly three years in Evin Prison, Tehran, are greatly concerned about her present situation and request prayer for her treatment and release from prison. On Thursday

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Writing Letters to Christians in Prison

Aim Encouraging our persecuted brothers and sisters who are in prison to stand firm in their faith. Goals Youth will be educated that Christians are still imprisoned today for their faith. Youth will encourage a jailed believer by writing a letter to them. Background Christians

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CHINA: Pastor Jailed for Social Media Prayers is Freed

Pastor Yan of the China Christian Evangelic Mission in Wenzhou city was arrested last August after using social media to forward prayer requests for churches in Zhejiang province targeted for cross removal. His original eight-day sentence was “extended indefinitely” last September on charges of “gathering

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IRAN: Saeed Abedini Released

Christians around the world rejoice that Saeed Abedini has been released from prison. Saeed, an Iranian believer from a Muslim background who later became a US citizen, had been imprisoned since September 2012. He was serving an eight-year prison sentence on charges of undermining national

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CUBA: Reverend Carballeda Released From Prison

Reverend Jesús Noel Carballeda, a 45-year-old Cuban pastor of an unregistered church in Havana who had been imprisoned for six months for holding unauthorised religious services, was released on 31 August. Reverend Carballeda was detained in early February and imprisoned in the Valle Grande prison

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