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Persecuted Christian children need sponsors; will you support one? (26.344499090329627, 66.25923169238285) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2013-11-01 12:32:00
Christian girls in Syria are particularly vulnerable to kidnap and sexual abuse

Will you sponsor persecuted Christian child?

Robbed of their childhood by the terrors of war, the hardship of poverty and the cruelty of discrimination.

Persecuted Christian children need sponsors; will you support one? (26.344499090329627, 66.25923169238285) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2013-11-01 12:32:00
Christian girls in Syria are particularly vulnerable to kidnap and sexual abuse

Will you sponsor persecuted Christian child?

Robbed of their childhood by the terrors of war, the hardship of poverty and the cruelty of discrimination.

Editorial: Remember persecuted Christian children as part of action week (30.061368830152077, 33.563919192382855) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-11-01 14:00:00
Mariam Ashraf Messeiha (8) was shot dead in a church attack in Egypt

Remember persecuted Christian children

Persecutors of Christians show no mercy towards children. In fact Christian youngsters are often the most vulnerable when their communities come under attack...

Editorial: Remember persecuted Christian children as part of action week (30.061368830152077, 33.563919192382855) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-11-01 14:00:00
Mariam Ashraf Messeiha (8) was shot dead in a church attack in Egypt

Remember persecuted Christian children

Persecutors of Christians show no mercy towards children. In fact Christian youngsters are often the most vulnerable when their communities come under attack...

Converts from Islam endangered as Brunei introduces sharia penalties (4.535277, 114.72766899999999) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-11-04 11:00:00
The government of Brunei promotes the Shafii school of Sunni Islam

Converts from Islam endangered in Brunei

Apostasy, leaving Islam, is expected to become a punishable offence under a new sharia penal code that is being introduced in Brunei.

Converts from Islam endangered as Brunei introduces sharia penalties (4.535277, 114.72766899999999) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-11-04 11:00:00
The government of Brunei promotes the Shafii school of Sunni Islam

Converts from Islam endangered in Brunei

Apostasy, leaving Islam, is expected to become a punishable offence under a new sharia penal code that is being introduced in Brunei.

Authorities break into church property in Sudan, beat and arrest Christians (15.572177772605452, 32.53241266137695) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-11-04 11:30:00
The authorities have been bulldozing church buildings in Sudan

Authorities break into church property

The Sudanese authorities have been accused of helping a Muslim businessman to take over church property after breaking into the site and beating and arresting Christians present.

Authorities break into church property in Sudan, beat and arrest Christians (15.572177772605452, 32.53241266137695) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-11-04 11:30:00
The authorities have been bulldozing church buildings in Sudan

Authorities break into church property

The Sudanese authorities have been accused of helping a Muslim businessman to take over church property after breaking into the site and beating and arresting Christians present.

“Greatest massacre of Christians in Syria”: dozens killed in Islamist siege (34.3134556, 36.92418889999999) #News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-04 14:15:00
Churches were vandalised, looted and graffitied with insults against Christianity

“Greatest massacre of Christians in Syria

Dozens of people were killed when Islamist rebels besieged the Christian towns of Saddad and Haffar in Syria. As churches, homes and schools were looted and destroyed...

“Greatest massacre of Christians in Syria”: dozens killed in Islamist siege (34.3134556, 36.92418889999999) #News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-04 14:15:00
Churches were vandalised, looted and graffitied with insults against Christianity

“Greatest massacre of Christians in Syria

Dozens of people were killed when Islamist rebels besieged the Christian towns of Saddad and Haffar in Syria. As churches, homes and schools were looted and destroyed...

Egypt moves towards full religious freedom; church attacks continue (30.092553171311803, 31.24944451015631) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-06 12:00:00
Restrictions on church buildings could be lifted under new constitution

Egypt moves towards full religious freedom

The committee tasked with re-writing the Egyptian constitution has voted in favour of articles that would grant religious freedom to all citizens...

Egypt moves towards full religious freedom; church attacks continue (30.092553171311803, 31.24944451015631) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-06 12:00:00
Restrictions on church buildings could be lifted under new constitution

Egypt moves towards full religious freedom

The committee tasked with re-writing the Egyptian constitution has voted in favour of articles that would grant religious freedom to all citizens...

Barnabas provides trauma counselling to help distressed Syrian Christians (34.3134556, 36.92418889999999) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2013-11-08 11:15:00
Christians mourn some of those killed in the siege on Saddad and Haffar

Trauma counselling for Syrian Christians

Barnabas Fund is helping Syrian Christians who have suffered acute distress in atrocities such as the massacre in Saddad and Haffar to overcome their ordeal...

Barnabas provides trauma counselling to help distressed Syrian Christians (34.3134556, 36.92418889999999) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2013-11-08 11:15:00
Christians mourn some of those killed in the siege on Saddad and Haffar

Trauma counselling for Syrian Christians

Barnabas Fund is helping Syrian Christians who have suffered acute distress in atrocities such as the massacre in Saddad and Haffar to overcome their ordeal...

Editorial: Muslims take a stand over Islamist violence; they need our support (2.363450240631222, 41.298294192382855) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-08 14:00:00
All Saints Church was the site of the worst-ever attack on Pakistani Christians

Muslims take stand over Islamist violence

As shocking acts of Islamic terrorism continue to fill our news bulletins, it is extremely heart-warming for me to see that Muslim leaders throughout the world are now speaking out...

Editorial: Muslims take a stand over Islamist violence; they need our support (2.363450240631222, 41.298294192382855) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-08 14:00:00
All Saints Church was the site of the worst-ever attack on Pakistani Christians

Muslims take stand over Islamist violence

As shocking acts of Islamic terrorism continue to fill our news bulletins, it is extremely heart-warming for me to see that Muslim leaders throughout the world are now speaking out...

World Christian Authority on Islam says GAFCON must embrace new technologies (-1.2920659, 36.82194619999996) #News Article# 2013-11-09 12:00:00
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo

GAFCON must embrace new technologies

Economic priorities of West a dilemma over how to address Islamic persecution of Christians

World Christian Authority on Islam says GAFCON must embrace new technologies (-1.2920659, 36.82194619999996) #News Article# 2013-11-09 12:00:00
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo

GAFCON must embrace new technologies

Economic priorities of West a dilemma over how to address Islamic persecution of Christians

Pastor Saeed Abedini’s life at risk after transfer to dangerous prison (35.7922446, 51.38503609999998) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-11-12 10:00:00
Saeed Abedini is serving an eight year jail term in Iran for his Christian activities

Pastor Saeed Abedini’s life at risk

Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini’s life is said to be in grave danger following his transfer to one of the deadliest prisons in the world.

Pastor Saeed Abedini’s life at risk after transfer to dangerous prison (35.7922446, 51.38503609999998) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-11-12 10:00:00
Saeed Abedini is serving an eight year jail term in Iran for his Christian activities

Pastor Saeed Abedini’s life at risk

Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini’s life is said to be in grave danger following his transfer to one of the deadliest prisons in the world.

Christians accused of blasphemy over sale of fireworks in Pakistan (32.44548, 74.11125190000007) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-12 12:00:00
The Christians owned a store that sold fireworks

Christians accused of blasphemy over fireworks

Two Pakistani Christians had to flee for their lives when they were accused of blasphemy over the sale of a set of fireworks wrapped in pages containing verses from the Quran.

Christians accused of blasphemy over sale of fireworks in Pakistan (32.44548, 74.11125190000007) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-12 12:00:00
The Christians owned a store that sold fireworks

Christians accused of blasphemy over fireworks

Two Pakistani Christians had to flee for their lives when they were accused of blasphemy over the sale of a set of fireworks wrapped in pages containing verses from the Quran.

Court acquits 54 in connection with Orissa riots; call for investigation (20.2192943, 83.81813160000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-11-13 11:00:00
Indian Christians taking shelter after the attacks

Court acquits 54 for Orissa riots

A Christian body in India has called for an investigation after 54 defendants became the latest in a long line to be acquitted in connection with the 2007-08 anti-Christian violence....

Court acquits 54 in connection with Orissa riots; call for investigation (20.2192943, 83.81813160000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-11-13 11:00:00
Indian Christians taking shelter after the attacks

Court acquits 54 for Orissa riots

A Christian body in India has called for an investigation after 54 defendants became the latest in a long line to be acquitted in connection with the 2007-08 anti-Christian violence....

Editorial: Persecution of Christians in Middle East compared to Holocaust by British MP (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Religious Freedom# 2013-11-14 12:00:00
Fiona Bruce, MP for Congleton

Persecution of Christians compared to Holocaust

"We should be crying out with the same abhorrence and horror that we feel about the terrible atrocities towards Jews on Kristallnacht and on other occasions in Germany during the second world war."

Editorial: Persecution of Christians in Middle East compared to Holocaust by British MP (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Religious Freedom# 2013-11-14 12:00:00
Fiona Bruce, MP for Congleton

Persecution of Christians compared to Holocaust

"We should be crying out with the same abhorrence and horror that we feel about the terrible atrocities towards Jews on Kristallnacht and on other occasions in Germany during the second world war."

Poor Christian communities hit by Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines (12.642336594611177, 123.30340619999993) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2013-11-14 14:30:00
Typhoon Haiyan has left many Christians homeless and in need

Christian communities hit by Typhoon Haiyan

Barnabas Fund is working through churches and Christian organisations in the Philippines to help people whose lives have been ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

Poor Christian communities hit by Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines (12.642336594611177, 123.30340619999993) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2013-11-14 14:30:00
Typhoon Haiyan has left many Christians homeless and in need

Christian communities hit by Typhoon Haiyan

Barnabas Fund is working through churches and Christian organisations in the Philippines to help people whose lives have been ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

US finally names Boko Haram as terrorists after long Christian campaign (38.8946501, -77.04894209999998) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-11-18 13:00:00
Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_State

Boko Haram named as terrorists

The US State Department has finally designated Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its offshoot Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTOs)...

US finally names Boko Haram as terrorists after long Christian campaign (38.8946501, -77.04894209999998) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-11-18 13:00:00
Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_State

Boko Haram named as terrorists

The US State Department has finally designated Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its offshoot Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTOs)...

Christian minister kidnapped by Boko Haram in Cameroon (10.633333, 13.399999999999977) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-11-18 16:00:00
Barnabas Fund is supporting Christian refugees from Nigeria in Cameroon

Christian minister seized in Cameroon

A French church leader who had been ministering in a dangerous part of northern Cameroon has been abducted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Christian minister kidnapped by Boko Haram in Cameroon (10.633333, 13.399999999999977) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-11-18 16:00:00
Barnabas Fund is supporting Christian refugees from Nigeria in Cameroon

Christian minister seized in Cameroon

A French church leader who had been ministering in a dangerous part of northern Cameroon has been abducted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Spike in kidnappings besets Egypt’s vulnerable Christian community (30.08101156643258, 31.248190000000022) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-18 16:30:00
The Christian community has been blamed for the fall of Morsi

Kidnapping spike hits Egypt’s Christians

The Christian community in Egypt has been beset by a sharp increase in kidnappings since the authorities cleared sit-in protests by supporters of ousted Islamist president...

Spike in kidnappings besets Egypt’s vulnerable Christian community (30.08101156643258, 31.248190000000022) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-11-18 16:30:00
The Christian community has been blamed for the fall of Morsi

Kidnapping spike hits Egypt’s Christians

The Christian community in Egypt has been beset by a sharp increase in kidnappings since the authorities cleared sit-in protests by supporters of ousted Islamist president...

Barnabas helping Christian children in Syria as rebels attack schools (33.5111, 36.30639999999994) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-11-21 10:45:00
The aftermath of the shelling in one of the classrooms

Rebels attack Christian schools in Syria

As rebel attacks on Christian schools in Syria claim the lives of five youngsters, Barnabas Fund is helping thousands of vulnerable Christian children caught up in the conflict.

Barnabas helping Christian children in Syria as rebels attack schools (33.5111, 36.30639999999994) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-11-21 10:45:00
The aftermath of the shelling in one of the classrooms

Rebels attack Christian schools in Syria

As rebel attacks on Christian schools in Syria claim the lives of five youngsters, Barnabas Fund is helping thousands of vulnerable Christian children caught up in the conflict.

Editorial: Persecution of Christians “a global crisis” says UK govt minister (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-11-21 12:00:00
Baroness Warsi, UK Minister for Faith

Persecution “a global crisis” – Warsi

The UK’s first Minister for Faith, Baroness Warsi, a Muslim, has become the most senior British politician to speak out against the persecution of Christians.

Editorial: Persecution of Christians “a global crisis” says UK govt minister (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-11-21 12:00:00
Baroness Warsi, UK Minister for Faith

Persecution “a global crisis” – Warsi

The UK’s first Minister for Faith, Baroness Warsi, a Muslim, has become the most senior British politician to speak out against the persecution of Christians.

Govt minister denies attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka; 65 logged this year (6.8397222, 79.87583330000007) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom# 2013-11-26 16:00:00
This pastor’s home in Batticaloa district was severely damaged in an attack

Govt minister denies attacks on Christians

A Sri Lankan government minister has denied accounts of 65 attacks on Christians in the country this year, saying that they might be “made up”.

Govt minister denies attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka; 65 logged this year (6.8397222, 79.87583330000007) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom# 2013-11-26 16:00:00
This pastor’s home in Batticaloa district was severely damaged in an attack

Govt minister denies attacks on Christians

A Sri Lankan government minister has denied accounts of 65 attacks on Christians in the country this year, saying that they might be “made up”.

Rebels committed “war crimes” in siege on Christian village in Syria (34.31349104660476, 36.925047206884756) #Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##News Article# 2013-11-27 14:15:00
A humble funeral procession for some of the Christians killed in Saddad

Rebels committed “war crimes” against Christians

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said opposition forces committed war crimes in a siege on the Christian village of Saddad, Syria...

Rebels committed “war crimes” in siege on Christian village in Syria (34.31349104660476, 36.925047206884756) #Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##News Article# 2013-11-27 14:15:00
A humble funeral procession for some of the Christians killed in Saddad

Rebels committed “war crimes” against Christians

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said opposition forces committed war crimes in a siege on the Christian village of Saddad, Syria...

Children killed in almost “daily” attacks on Christians in Nigeria (9.2350817, 9.723267299999975) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-11-27 15:10:00
Luka Yohanna Kpagyang (35) was  killed along with his wife, two daughters and parents

Christians targeted in almost “daily” attacks

Attacks on Christians by ethnic Fulani Muslims in Northern and Middle Belt Nigeria are occuring “almost on a daily basis”; four children have been killed in recent incidents.

Children killed in almost “daily” attacks on Christians in Nigeria (9.2350817, 9.723267299999975) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-11-27 15:10:00
Luka Yohanna Kpagyang (35) was  killed along with his wife, two daughters and parents

Christians targeted in almost “daily” attacks

Attacks on Christians by ethnic Fulani Muslims in Northern and Middle Belt Nigeria are occuring “almost on a daily basis”; four children have been killed in recent incidents.

Editorial: What future for Christians in Pakistan after deadliest-ever attack? (34.0053772, 71.57132890000003) #Threats/Attacks Against People##News Article##Analysis# 2013-11-28 12:00:00
Zulifiqar and Sabra’s children have had to give up their studies to care for them

What future for Pakistani Christians?

It has been just over two months since the deadliest-ever attack on Pakistan’s Christian community and time has stood still at All Saints Church in Peshawar...

Editorial: What future for Christians in Pakistan after deadliest-ever attack? (34.0053772, 71.57132890000003) #Threats/Attacks Against People##News Article##Analysis# 2013-11-28 12:00:00
Zulifiqar and Sabra’s children have had to give up their studies to care for them

What future for Pakistani Christians?

It has been just over two months since the deadliest-ever attack on Pakistan’s Christian community and time has stood still at All Saints Church in Peshawar...

Young Christian boy brutally tortured and murdered in India (27.0238036, 74.21793260000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-12-02 10:00:00
Anmol went missing after setting off for Sunday school

Christian boy tortured and murdered

A seven-year-old boy was brutally tortured and murdered in India in an attack apparently provoked by his family’s Christian faith.

Young Christian boy brutally tortured and murdered in India (27.0238036, 74.21793260000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-12-02 10:00:00
Anmol went missing after setting off for Sunday school

Christian boy tortured and murdered

A seven-year-old boy was brutally tortured and murdered in India in an attack apparently provoked by his family’s Christian faith.

Genocide warning in Christian-majority CAR overrun by Islamists (6.664780596140779, 20.537164749999988) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-02 11:00:00
Displaced Christians are seeking refuge in church compounds

Genocide warning in Christian-majority CAR

France has warned that the Central African Republic is “on the verge of genocide” as the Christian majority continues to be terrorised by rampaging Islamist fighters.

Genocide warning in Christian-majority CAR overrun by Islamists (6.664780596140779, 20.537164749999988) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-02 11:00:00
Displaced Christians are seeking refuge in church compounds

Genocide warning in Christian-majority CAR

France has warned that the Central African Republic is “on the verge of genocide” as the Christian majority continues to be terrorised by rampaging Islamist fighters.

Proposed state law on religion in Vietnam criticised by Christian leaders (21.183901, 106.05600000000004) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-12-02 15:00:00
A map showing the location of Vietnam

Proposed state law on religion criticised

Christian leaders in northern Vietnam have criticised a proposed state law on religion that would further increase restrictions on their activities...

Proposed state law on religion in Vietnam criticised by Christian leaders (21.183901, 106.05600000000004) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-12-02 15:00:00
A map showing the location of Vietnam

Proposed state law on religion criticised

Christian leaders in northern Vietnam have criticised a proposed state law on religion that would further increase restrictions on their activities...

Syrian children “severely traumatised”; Barnabas providing counselling (35.108155514448825, 38.06421249999994) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-05 10:45:00
Children are suffering sleep disturbance, flashbacks, bed-wetting and speech problems

Syrian children “severely traumatised”

As a new report by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, highlights the devastating effects of the Syrian civil war on the country’s children...

Syrian children “severely traumatised”; Barnabas providing counselling (35.108155514448825, 38.06421249999994) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-05 10:45:00
Children are suffering sleep disturbance, flashbacks, bed-wetting and speech problems

Syrian children “severely traumatised”

As a new report by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, highlights the devastating effects of the Syrian civil war on the country’s children...

Editorial: Freedom for Christians in Egypt under new draft constitution (26.820553, 30.802498000000014) #Analysis##News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2013-12-05 11:00:00
Scores of churches were torched by Morsi supporters after his ouster

Freedom for Christians in Egypt

The much-anticipated draft of the new Egyptian constitution has been unveiled, revealing a decisive move away from the previous Islamist-sponsored code...

Editorial: Freedom for Christians in Egypt under new draft constitution (26.820553, 30.802498000000014) #Analysis##News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2013-12-05 11:00:00
Scores of churches were torched by Morsi supporters after his ouster

Freedom for Christians in Egypt

The much-anticipated draft of the new Egyptian constitution has been unveiled, revealing a decisive move away from the previous Islamist-sponsored code...

Two Christians freed from Iranian jail; Saeed’s sufferings intensify (35.7960040429748, 51.38499318465574) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-12-09 10:00:00
NPastor Farhad Sabokrouh and his wife Shahnaz Jeizan

Two Christians freed from Iranian jail

Two Christian leaders have been released from prison in Iran, while Pastor Saeed Abedini is enduring constant threats to his life and deteriorating health in a highly dangerous jail.

Two Christians freed from Iranian jail; Saeed’s sufferings intensify (35.7960040429748, 51.38499318465574) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-12-09 10:00:00
NPastor Farhad Sabokrouh and his wife Shahnaz Jeizan

Two Christians freed from Iranian jail

Two Christian leaders have been released from prison in Iran, while Pastor Saeed Abedini is enduring constant threats to his life and deteriorating health in a highly dangerous jail.

Youth leader hacked to death in Tanzania as Christians face mounting threat (-2.5108219, 32.912772599999926) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-12-09 11:00:00
Christian leaders are being targeted in violent attacks

Youth leader hacked to death

Christian leaders in Tanzania are in mounting danger and also facing opposition from the authorities; a youth worker was hacked to death in a brutal machete attack...

Youth leader hacked to death in Tanzania as Christians face mounting threat (-2.5108219, 32.912772599999926) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-12-09 11:00:00
Christian leaders are being targeted in violent attacks

Youth leader hacked to death

Christian leaders in Tanzania are in mounting danger and also facing opposition from the authorities; a youth worker was hacked to death in a brutal machete attack...

Christians killed “like flies” in worst outbreak of violence since CAR coup (4.361698, 18.55597499999999) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-10 11:00:00
The government of Michel Djotodia has failed to curb the violence in CAR

Christians killed “like flies” in CAR

A pastor and his two young sons were among at least 400 people killed in the worst outbreak of violence to rock the Central African Republic (CAR) since a coup by Islamist rebels in March.

Christians killed “like flies” in worst outbreak of violence since CAR coup (4.361698, 18.55597499999999) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-10 11:00:00
The government of Michel Djotodia has failed to curb the violence in CAR

Christians killed “like flies” in CAR

A pastor and his two young sons were among at least 400 people killed in the worst outbreak of violence to rock the Central African Republic (CAR) since a coup by Islamist rebels in March.

Editorial: British MPs unite to put persecution of Christians on “political map” (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-12-12 15:00:00
The debate was secured by Jim Shannon of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

British MPs unite against persecution

The persecution of Christians around the world was the subject of an impassioned debate in the House of Commons last week. 

Editorial: British MPs unite to put persecution of Christians on “political map” (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-12-12 15:00:00
The debate was secured by Jim Shannon of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

British MPs unite against persecution

The persecution of Christians around the world was the subject of an impassioned debate in the House of Commons last week. 

Barnabas helping 3,000 more Christians return home to South Sudan (4.860604814298229, 31.598970031738304) #Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update##News/Appeal# 2013-12-12 15:30:00
These South Sudanese Christian children are happy to be going home

Helping Christians return to South Sudan

Barnabas Fund has transported a further 1,808 vulnerable Christians from Sudan to South Sudan, and there are plans to rescue another 1,500, as our Exodus mission expands.

Barnabas helping 3,000 more Christians return home to South Sudan (4.860604814298229, 31.598970031738304) #Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update##News/Appeal# 2013-12-12 15:30:00
These South Sudanese Christian children are happy to be going home

Helping Christians return to South Sudan

Barnabas Fund has transported a further 1,808 vulnerable Christians from Sudan to South Sudan, and there are plans to rescue another 1,500, as our Exodus mission expands.

Libyan assembly votes for sharia amid growing militant influence (32.876174, 13.187506999999982) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-12-16 10:30:00
A map showing the location of Libya

Libyan assembly votes for sharia

Libya’s national assembly has voted to make sharia the source of all legislation in the country as militant Islamists grow in influence.

Libyan assembly votes for sharia amid growing militant influence (32.876174, 13.187506999999982) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-12-16 10:30:00
A map showing the location of Libya

Libyan assembly votes for sharia

Libya’s national assembly has voted to make sharia the source of all legislation in the country as militant Islamists grow in influence.

“Brutal” police action against Christian and Muslim protestors in India (28.635308, 77.22496000000001) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-12-16 11:00:00
Indian police beat Christian and Muslim protestors with canes

Police beat Christian protestors in India

Police used water cannons and canes against peaceful protestors who were demanding equal rights denied to Christian and Muslim Dalits for decades in India.

“Brutal” police action against Christian and Muslim protestors in India (28.635308, 77.22496000000001) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-12-16 11:00:00
Indian police beat Christian and Muslim protestors with canes

Police beat Christian protestors in India

Police used water cannons and canes against peaceful protestors who were demanding equal rights denied to Christian and Muslim Dalits for decades in India.

The legacy of Saddam’s removal: al-Qaeda resurgent, the Church ravaged (32.883257047001976, 42.839968750000025) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-17 12:00:00
Iraqi Christians are being urged to stay in Iraq despite the danger

The legacy of Saddam’s removal

Al-Qaeda is resurgent in Iraq ten years after the capture of Saddam Hussein by US forces, and the country’s beleaguered Church is continuing to pay the price.

The legacy of Saddam’s removal: al-Qaeda resurgent, the Church ravaged (32.883257047001976, 42.839968750000025) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-17 12:00:00
Iraqi Christians are being urged to stay in Iraq despite the danger

The legacy of Saddam’s removal

Al-Qaeda is resurgent in Iraq ten years after the capture of Saddam Hussein by US forces, and the country’s beleaguered Church is continuing to pay the price.

Winter storm brings snow to Syria; urgent need for blankets, heaters, coats (34.75, 36.31666700000005) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-18 09:30:00
Barnabas is distributing warm clothing to Christian children in Syria

Winter storm brings snow to Syria

Christians in Syria urgently need blankets, heaters and warm clothing as the region is hit by a winter storm that has brought heavy snow, rain and freezing temperatures.

Winter storm brings snow to Syria; urgent need for blankets, heaters, coats (34.75, 36.31666700000005) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-12-18 09:30:00
Barnabas is distributing warm clothing to Christian children in Syria

Winter storm brings snow to Syria

Christians in Syria urgently need blankets, heaters and warm clothing as the region is hit by a winter storm that has brought heavy snow, rain and freezing temperatures.

Editorial: British MP calls for Aasia Bibi’s release; repeal of blasphemy laws (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-12-20 12:00:00
Conservative MP Rehman Chishti called for Aasia’s release during a Commons debate

British MP calls for Aasia Bibi release

This is the fifth Christmas that Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother condemned to death on a trumped-up blasphemy charge, will spend behind bars in Pakistan

Editorial: British MP calls for Aasia Bibi’s release; repeal of blasphemy laws (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-12-20 12:00:00
Conservative MP Rehman Chishti called for Aasia’s release during a Commons debate

British MP calls for Aasia Bibi release

This is the fifth Christmas that Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother condemned to death on a trumped-up blasphemy charge, will spend behind bars in Pakistan

Iraqi Christians targeted in Christmas Day bombings; 37 people killed (32.883257047001976, 42.839968750000025) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-01-02 16:00:00
Iraq continues to be rocked by car bombings and other violent attacks

Iraq Christmas Day bombings

Three bombs targeting Iraqi Christians in Baghdad on Christmas Day claimed the lives of 37 people.

Iraqi Christians targeted in Christmas Day bombings; 37 people killed (32.883257047001976, 42.839968750000025) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-01-02 16:00:00
Iraq continues to be rocked by car bombings and other violent attacks

Iraq Christmas Day bombings

Three bombs targeting Iraqi Christians in Baghdad on Christmas Day claimed the lives of 37 people.

Conflict creates humanitarian crisis in South Sudan; Christians need aid (4.85, 31.600000000000023) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-06 15:30:00
South Sudan is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world

Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

Christians displaced by the fierce fighting that has broken out in South Sudan are in desperate need of clean water, food, sanitation and shelter.

Conflict creates humanitarian crisis in South Sudan; Christians need aid (4.85, 31.600000000000023) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-06 15:30:00
South Sudan is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world

Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

Christians displaced by the fierce fighting that has broken out in South Sudan are in desperate need of clean water, food, sanitation and shelter.

Over 20 Christians killed in Nigeria; Boko Haram proclaims “religious war” (10.4872053, 12.421529899999996) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-01-07 10:00:00
Relentless violence has forced many Nigerian Christians to flee their homes

Over 20 Christians killed in Nigeria

Last month, 24 Christians were killed in attacks in Northern and Middle Belt Nigeria...

Over 20 Christians killed in Nigeria; Boko Haram proclaims “religious war” (10.4872053, 12.421529899999996) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-01-07 10:00:00
Relentless violence has forced many Nigerian Christians to flee their homes

Over 20 Christians killed in Nigeria

Last month, 24 Christians were killed in attacks in Northern and Middle Belt Nigeria...

Church building, homes of four Christian converts in Nepal torched (27.748473362383976, 85.36594896162114) #News Article##Attacks on Property# 2014-01-07 10:00:00
Hindu extremists see the growth of the Church in Nepal as a threat

Church building, Christian homes torched

A church building and the homes of four people who had converted to Christianity were torched in Nepal just before Christmas.

Church building, homes of four Christian converts in Nepal torched (27.748473362383976, 85.36594896162114) #News Article##Attacks on Property# 2014-01-07 10:00:00
Hindu extremists see the growth of the Church in Nepal as a threat

Church building, Christian homes torched

A church building and the homes of four people who had converted to Christianity were torched in Nepal just before Christmas.

Editorial: Prince Charles and politicians take stand for persecuted Christians (51.5041972, -0.13863879999996698) #News Article##Analysis# 2014-01-09 12:00:00
Prince Charles: "deeply troubled" by the plight of Christians in the Middle East

Prince Charles speech on persecuted Christians

Over the Christmas and New Year period, a number of prominent figures in Britain, including Prince Charles and politicians across the political spectrum, have made...

Editorial: Prince Charles and politicians take stand for persecuted Christians (51.5041972, -0.13863879999996698) #News Article##Analysis# 2014-01-09 12:00:00
Prince Charles: "deeply troubled" by the plight of Christians in the Middle East

Prince Charles speech on persecuted Christians

Over the Christmas and New Year period, a number of prominent figures in Britain, including Prince Charles and politicians across the political spectrum, have made...

Displaced and destitute: Christians fleeing violence in CAR need aid (6.652921907531856, 20.474381843750052) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-01-13 12:30:00
Homes have been looted and destroyed by Seleka rebels

Christians fleeing CAR violence need aid

Christians uprooted and left destitute by fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) urgently need food and other essentials.

Displaced and destitute: Christians fleeing violence in CAR need aid (6.652921907531856, 20.474381843750052) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-01-13 12:30:00
Homes have been looted and destroyed by Seleka rebels

Christians fleeing CAR violence need aid

Christians uprooted and left destitute by fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) urgently need food and other essentials.

Barnabas statement on crisis in South Sudan (4.848631624725375, 31.580773925781273) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-13 15:30:00
Opposition forces are loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar

Barnabas statement on South Sudan

The current violent crisis in South Sudan is essentially a political one, with ethnic/tribal overtones as politicians’ power bases are often within their tribe.

Barnabas statement on crisis in South Sudan (4.848631624725375, 31.580773925781273) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-13 15:30:00
Opposition forces are loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar

Barnabas statement on South Sudan

The current violent crisis in South Sudan is essentially a political one, with ethnic/tribal overtones as politicians’ power bases are often within their tribe.

Historic Christian-owned library in Lebanon torched (34.4380941, 35.83083710000005) #News Article##Attacks on Property# 2014-01-14 16:00:00
Al-Saeh library is located in the northern city of Tripoli

Christian-owned library in Lebanon torched

A false blasphemy allegation triggered an arson attack on an historic library owned by a church leader in Lebanon; two-thirds of its 80,000 books and manuscripts were destroyed.

Historic Christian-owned library in Lebanon torched (34.4380941, 35.83083710000005) #News Article##Attacks on Property# 2014-01-14 16:00:00
Al-Saeh library is located in the northern city of Tripoli

Christian-owned library in Lebanon torched

A false blasphemy allegation triggered an arson attack on an historic library owned by a church leader in Lebanon; two-thirds of its 80,000 books and manuscripts were destroyed.

Buddhist monks lead mob assault on two churches in Sri Lanka (6.1406853, 80.09984550000001) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-01-15 10:00:00
Sri Lankan TV news footage shows aggressive mob attack on the churches

Buddhist monks lead assault on churches

A large mob led by Buddhist monks attacked two churches in Sri Lanka while the congregations were gathered for worship on Sunday (12 January).

Buddhist monks lead mob assault on two churches in Sri Lanka (6.1406853, 80.09984550000001) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-01-15 10:00:00
Sri Lankan TV news footage shows aggressive mob attack on the churches

Buddhist monks lead assault on churches

A large mob led by Buddhist monks attacked two churches in Sri Lanka while the congregations were gathered for worship on Sunday (12 January).

Christian killed, others attacked by Islamists in Bangladesh (23.76226433697368, 90.37855364418033) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-01-15 12:00:00
Elections for the Bangladeshi parliament are due in around six months

Christian killed by Islamists in Bangladesh

A young Christian man was murdered and other Christians were attacked by Islamists in Bangladesh in violence related to the country’s general election.

Christian killed, others attacked by Islamists in Bangladesh (23.76226433697368, 90.37855364418033) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-01-15 12:00:00
Elections for the Bangladeshi parliament are due in around six months

Christian killed by Islamists in Bangladesh

A young Christian man was murdered and other Christians were attacked by Islamists in Bangladesh in violence related to the country’s general election.

Editorial: Resurgent al-Qaeda fights for Islamic state in Iraq, Syria and beyond (35.952227709380566, 39.01445327480474) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-16 14:00:00
The north-eastern Syrian city of al-Raqqah is under al-Qaeda control

Al-Qaeda fights for Islamic state

Since the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, the US has proudly heralded the defeat of al-Qaeda. But contrary to President Obama’s repeated statements that the Islamists have been... 

Editorial: Resurgent al-Qaeda fights for Islamic state in Iraq, Syria and beyond (35.952227709380566, 39.01445327480474) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-16 14:00:00
The north-eastern Syrian city of al-Raqqah is under al-Qaeda control

Al-Qaeda fights for Islamic state

Since the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, the US has proudly heralded the defeat of al-Qaeda. But contrary to President Obama’s repeated statements that the Islamists have been... 

Indian church leader stabbed to death outside home (17.3364298, 77.90484830000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-01-20 16:30:00
Indian Christians at prayer

Indian church leader stabbed to death

A church leader in India was murdered by four men who lured him from his house by pretending they wanted to pray with him.

Indian church leader stabbed to death outside home (17.3364298, 77.90484830000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-01-20 16:30:00
Indian Christians at prayer

Indian church leader stabbed to death

A church leader in India was murdered by four men who lured him from his house by pretending they wanted to pray with him.

Fears anti-Christian campaign in Turkey could incite violence (41.0085833, 28.980173199999967) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-01-21 10:30:00
The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul may be converted into a mosque

Anti-Christian campaign in Turkey

Christian leaders in Turkey have raised fears that an Islamic hate campaign over the Christmas and New Year period could lead to violent attacks.

Fears anti-Christian campaign in Turkey could incite violence (41.0085833, 28.980173199999967) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-01-21 10:30:00
The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul may be converted into a mosque

Anti-Christian campaign in Turkey

Christian leaders in Turkey have raised fears that an Islamic hate campaign over the Christmas and New Year period could lead to violent attacks.

Killing of Christians in Nigeria like Rwandan genocide – Archbishop (9.2350817, 9.723267299999975) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-01-21 11:10:00
Faith Kore Usman (29) has been made a widow for second time

Killing of Christians like Rwandan genocide

A senior church leader in Nigeria has decried the “systematic slaughtering” of Christians in Northern Nigeria, comparing it to the Rwandan genocide, as the killings continue.

Killing of Christians in Nigeria like Rwandan genocide – Archbishop (9.2350817, 9.723267299999975) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-01-21 11:10:00
Faith Kore Usman (29) has been made a widow for second time

Killing of Christians like Rwandan genocide

A senior church leader in Nigeria has decried the “systematic slaughtering” of Christians in Northern Nigeria, comparing it to the Rwandan genocide, as the killings continue.

Hats and scarves raise a smile for Christian children in Syria (36.270222402678904, 37.58009473437505) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-23 12:30:00
We have provided 1,200 youngsters with a hat and scarf each

Hats and scarves for Syrian children

Barnabas is giving Christian children in Syria whose young lives are being blighted by the destruction and deprivation of war something to smile about...

Hats and scarves raise a smile for Christian children in Syria (36.270222402678904, 37.58009473437505) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-23 12:30:00
We have provided 1,200 youngsters with a hat and scarf each

Hats and scarves for Syrian children

Barnabas is giving Christian children in Syria whose young lives are being blighted by the destruction and deprivation of war something to smile about...

Editorial: Christians rejoice as Egypt approves new constitution (26.820553, 30.802498000000014) #Analysis##News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-23 15:00:00
Egyptians have given their stamp of approval to the new charter

Christians rejoice over Egypt’s new constitution

Egypt’s Christians are rejoicing following the passage of a new constitution that replaces the 2012 Islamist-sponsored code and strengthens rights and freedoms.

Editorial: Christians rejoice as Egypt approves new constitution (26.820553, 30.802498000000014) #Analysis##News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-01-23 15:00:00
Egyptians have given their stamp of approval to the new charter

Christians rejoice over Egypt’s new constitution

Egypt’s Christians are rejoicing following the passage of a new constitution that replaces the 2012 Islamist-sponsored code and strengthens rights and freedoms.

Anti-Christian violence in India claims around 4,000 victims in 2013 (22.989310394274433, 79.78292050000005) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-01-27 16:00:00
Indian Christians at prayer

Anti-Christian violence claims 4,000 victims

Around 4,000 Christians in India were targeted in acts of violence in 2013, according to a new report that documents 200 major incidents, including seven murders.

Anti-Christian violence in India claims around 4,000 victims in 2013 (22.989310394274433, 79.78292050000005) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-01-27 16:00:00
Indian Christians at prayer

Anti-Christian violence claims 4,000 victims

Around 4,000 Christians in India were targeted in acts of violence in 2013, according to a new report that documents 200 major incidents, including seven murders.

Christian and Muslim groups condemn Buddhist attacks in Sri Lanka (7.711121739128844, 80.71507987500001) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-01-28 12:00:00
More than 100 attacks on churches and pastors were recorded in 2013

Christians and Muslims condemn Buddhist attacks

Christian and Muslim groups, along with various rights organisations in Sri Lanka, have written a strongly-worded open letter condemning attacks on places of worship by Buddhist extremists...

Christian and Muslim groups condemn Buddhist attacks in Sri Lanka (7.711121739128844, 80.71507987500001) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-01-28 12:00:00
More than 100 attacks on churches and pastors were recorded in 2013

Christians and Muslims condemn Buddhist attacks

Christian and Muslim groups, along with various rights organisations in Sri Lanka, have written a strongly-worded open letter condemning attacks on places of worship by Buddhist extremists...

Christian convert in Algeria loses wife, faces death threats for leaving Islam (36.7166667, 4.0499999999999545) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2014-01-30 09:45:00
Ali Touahir is from the northern Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou

Christian convert faces death threats

A Christian convert in Algeria is experiencing the high cost of following Christ in a strongly Islamic culture...

Christian convert in Algeria loses wife, faces death threats for leaving Islam (36.7166667, 4.0499999999999545) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2014-01-30 09:45:00
Ali Touahir is from the northern Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou

Christian convert faces death threats

A Christian convert in Algeria is experiencing the high cost of following Christ in a strongly Islamic culture...

Help strengthen Christian families and transform communities in Egypt (26.820553, 30.802498000000014) #News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest##Project Update# 2014-01-30 13:00:00
Young Egyptian Christians at worship

Help strengthen Christian families in Egypt

Barnabas Fund is helping to strengthen Christian families and transform Christian communities in Egypt through a holistic ministry that provides...

Help strengthen Christian families and transform communities in Egypt (26.820553, 30.802498000000014) #News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest##Project Update# 2014-01-30 13:00:00
Young Egyptian Christians at worship

Help strengthen Christian families in Egypt

Barnabas Fund is helping to strengthen Christian families and transform Christian communities in Egypt through a holistic ministry that provides...

Editorial: “Death for blasphemy” ruling: a test for Pakistan’s government (29.919309376306142, 69.87245974999996) #Analysis##News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-01-30 15:00:00
Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Editorial: “Death for blasphemy” ruling

The government of Pakistan now has less than a week to respond to a ruling by the country’s Federal Shariat Court (FSC) that the option of life imprisonment for blasphemy be removed...

Editorial: “Death for blasphemy” ruling: a test for Pakistan’s government (29.919309376306142, 69.87245974999996) #Analysis##News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-01-30 15:00:00
Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Editorial: “Death for blasphemy” ruling

The government of Pakistan now has less than a week to respond to a ruling by the country’s Federal Shariat Court (FSC) that the option of life imprisonment for blasphemy be removed...

Locked in church and killed: Christians among 138 dead in Nigeria attacks (9.3250497, 12.438058100000034) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-02-03 10:00:00
Entire villages are being razed in Boko Haram’s terrifying campaign

Christians among 138 dead in Nigeria

Christians at a church service in Northern Nigeria were targeted in a day of horrendous violence...

Locked in church and killed: Christians among 138 dead in Nigeria attacks (9.3250497, 12.438058100000034) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-02-03 10:00:00
Entire villages are being razed in Boko Haram’s terrifying campaign

Christians among 138 dead in Nigeria

Christians at a church service in Northern Nigeria were targeted in a day of horrendous violence...

Philippine government signs peace deal with Muslim insurgents (6.956831299999999, 124.2421597) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-04 13:00:00
A church in the Philippines, which is around 85% Christian

Philippine peace deal with Muslim rebels

The government of the Christian-majority Philippines has reached a peace deal with the country’s largest Islamic rebel group, creating a semi-independent Muslim region.

Philippine government signs peace deal with Muslim insurgents (6.956831299999999, 124.2421597) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-04 13:00:00
A church in the Philippines, which is around 85% Christian

Philippine peace deal with Muslim rebels

The government of the Christian-majority Philippines has reached a peace deal with the country’s largest Islamic rebel group, creating a semi-independent Muslim region.

Editorial: Syrian church leaders call on US to help targeted Christians (38.90723089999999, -77.03646409999999) #Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Analysis##News Article# 2014-02-06 12:15:00
Christians are being killed by Islamist rebels in Syria

Editorial: Syrian church leaders call on US to help

Last week, Barnabas Fund and our colleagues at the Westminster Institute in the US sponsored a delegation of senior Syrian Church leaders to visit Washington...

Editorial: Syrian church leaders call on US to help targeted Christians (38.90723089999999, -77.03646409999999) #Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Analysis##News Article# 2014-02-06 12:15:00
Christians are being killed by Islamist rebels in Syria

Editorial: Syrian church leaders call on US to help

Last week, Barnabas Fund and our colleagues at the Westminster Institute in the US sponsored a delegation of senior Syrian Church leaders to visit Washington...

Vulnerable Christians of Homs in dire need; Barnabas providing aid (34.733879, 36.718169999999986) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-06 13:30:00
Christians in Syria collect their food parcels from Barnabas Fund

Christians of Homs in dire need

The plight of a group of Christians trapped in Homs who are dying of starvation and disease illustrates the gravity of the crisis facing the Christian community in Syria.

Vulnerable Christians of Homs in dire need; Barnabas providing aid (34.733879, 36.718169999999986) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-06 13:30:00
Christians in Syria collect their food parcels from Barnabas Fund

Christians of Homs in dire need

The plight of a group of Christians trapped in Homs who are dying of starvation and disease illustrates the gravity of the crisis facing the Christian community in Syria.

More Christians killed as violence rages on in Northern Nigeria (9.3250497, 12.438058100000035) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-11 10:00:00
The Nigerian Air Force has begun air strikes on Boko Haram cells

More Christians killed in Northern Nigeria

Eleven worshippers and a family of seven have been killed in separate acts of anti-Christian violence in Northern Nigeria.

More Christians killed as violence rages on in Northern Nigeria (9.3250497, 12.438058100000035) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-11 10:00:00
The Nigerian Air Force has begun air strikes on Boko Haram cells

More Christians killed in Northern Nigeria

Eleven worshippers and a family of seven have been killed in separate acts of anti-Christian violence in Northern Nigeria.

Two Christians killed trying to stop gunman in Russian church shooting (46.9666667, 142.73333330000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-12 09:00:00
The attack took place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island

Two killed in Russian church shooting

Two Christians were killed when a gunman burst into a church in Russia and opened fire on the congregation at the end of a service on Sunday (9 February).

Two Christians killed trying to stop gunman in Russian church shooting (46.9666667, 142.73333330000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-12 09:00:00
The attack took place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island

Two killed in Russian church shooting

Two Christians were killed when a gunman burst into a church in Russia and opened fire on the congregation at the end of a service on Sunday (9 February).

Pastor killed in violent aftermath of police raid on radical mosque in Kenya (-4.0434771, 39.6682065) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-02-13 09:00:00
Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya

Pastor killed after mosque raid

A church leader was killed in Mombasa, Kenya, in the violent aftermath of a police raid on a local mosque believed to be holding a youth recruitment forum for militant Islamist group...

Pastor killed in violent aftermath of police raid on radical mosque in Kenya (-4.0434771, 39.6682065) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-02-13 09:00:00
Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya

Pastor killed after mosque raid

A church leader was killed in Mombasa, Kenya, in the violent aftermath of a police raid on a local mosque believed to be holding a youth recruitment forum for militant Islamist group...

Editorial: US must remember its values and stand for religious freedom (38.88993844451415, -77.00905192386779) #Political Change/Unrest##Analysis##News Article##Religious Freedom# 2014-02-13 11:00:00
Statue of Liberty

US must stand for religious freedom

The United States has a noble history of upholding and defending civil liberties, religious freedom in particular.

Editorial: US must remember its values and stand for religious freedom (38.88993844451415, -77.00905192386779) #Political Change/Unrest##Analysis##News Article##Religious Freedom# 2014-02-13 11:00:00
Statue of Liberty

US must stand for religious freedom

The United States has a noble history of upholding and defending civil liberties, religious freedom in particular.

Help poor Christian families in Holy Land educate their children (31.705752, 35.20266000000004) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update# 2014-02-13 14:00:00
The school provides education for 400 children aged 3-12

Help educate poor Christian children

Poor Christian families in the Holy Land need your help to educate their children in a Christian environment. Barnabas Fund supports a thriving Christian school in Bethlehem...

Help poor Christian families in Holy Land educate their children (31.705752, 35.20266000000004) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update# 2014-02-13 14:00:00
The school provides education for 400 children aged 3-12

Help educate poor Christian children

Poor Christian families in the Holy Land need your help to educate their children in a Christian environment. Barnabas Fund supports a thriving Christian school in Bethlehem...

Regional and national moves to help Christians stay in Iraq (30.5, 47.81666670000004) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-02-17 11:45:00
Iraqi Christians at prayer

Moves to help Christians stay in Iraq

Moves are being made in Iraq to help bolster the position of the country’s vulnerable Christian minority and stem the tide of emigration...

Regional and national moves to help Christians stay in Iraq (30.5, 47.81666670000004) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-02-17 11:45:00
Iraqi Christians at prayer

Moves to help Christians stay in Iraq

Moves are being made in Iraq to help bolster the position of the country’s vulnerable Christian minority and stem the tide of emigration...

Christian village in Nigeria targeted by Boko Haram; over 100 dead (11.0897215, 13.688376500000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-02-18 10:30:00
Boko Haram violence is driving Nigerian Christians from their homes

Christian village attack; over 100 dead

Over 100 people were killed in two separate attacks by Boko Haram in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, at the weekend; most of the victims were from a predominantly Christian village.

Christian village in Nigeria targeted by Boko Haram; over 100 dead (11.0897215, 13.688376500000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-02-18 10:30:00
Boko Haram violence is driving Nigerian Christians from their homes

Christian village attack; over 100 dead

Over 100 people were killed in two separate attacks by Boko Haram in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, at the weekend; most of the victims were from a predominantly Christian village.

Death threats hamper Shahbaz Bhatti murder trial in Pakistan (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-02-19 09:30:00
4X3-Shahbaz-Bhatti.jpg

Death threats hamper Bhatti murder trial

The trial of suspects in connection with the murder of Christian government minister Shahbaz Bhatti is in jeopardy following death threats against key parties in the case.

Death threats hamper Shahbaz Bhatti murder trial in Pakistan (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-02-19 09:30:00
4X3-Shahbaz-Bhatti.jpg

Death threats hamper Bhatti murder trial

The trial of suspects in connection with the murder of Christian government minister Shahbaz Bhatti is in jeopardy following death threats against key parties in the case.

Kazakh pastor given suspended jail term for “harming health” (51.1666667, 71.43333329999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-02-19 10:00:00
Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev - a middle aged man wearing glasses

Pastor convicted of “harming health”

Kazakh pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumayev has been convicted of harming the health of a church member, despite her insistence to the contrary.

Kazakh pastor given suspended jail term for “harming health” (51.1666667, 71.43333329999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-02-19 10:00:00
Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev - a middle aged man wearing glasses

Pastor convicted of “harming health”

Kazakh pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumayev has been convicted of harming the health of a church member, despite her insistence to the contrary.

Barnabas giving aid to Christians displaced by fighting in South Sudan (7.9630921, 30.158930300000065) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-02-20 11:30:00
Food aid from Barnabas to displaced Christians in South Sudan

Aid to Christians in South Sudan

Christians are continuing to suffer amid renewed fighting in South Sudan; Barnabas Fund has been distributing food and other essentials to thousands forced from their homes...

Barnabas giving aid to Christians displaced by fighting in South Sudan (7.9630921, 30.158930300000065) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-02-20 11:30:00
Food aid from Barnabas to displaced Christians in South Sudan

Aid to Christians in South Sudan

Christians are continuing to suffer amid renewed fighting in South Sudan; Barnabas Fund has been distributing food and other essentials to thousands forced from their homes...

Editorial: Welcome speech by UK government minister on Islamic sectarianism (51.50245304826253, -0.12084848828123995) #Analysis##News Article# 2014-02-20 12:00:00
Baroness Warsi, UK Minister for Faith and Communities

Welcome speech on Islamic sectarianism

The timely speech by Baroness Warsi, the British government’s Minister for Faith and Communities...

Editorial: Welcome speech by UK government minister on Islamic sectarianism (51.50245304826253, -0.12084848828123995) #Analysis##News Article# 2014-02-20 12:00:00
Baroness Warsi, UK Minister for Faith and Communities

Welcome speech on Islamic sectarianism

The timely speech by Baroness Warsi, the British government’s Minister for Faith and Communities...

Christians killed and kidnapped as Islamist violence ravages Egypt (31.2000924, 29.91873869999995) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-02-24 16:00:00
Scores of churches were attacked following the removal of Mohammed Morsi

Christians killed and kidnapped in Egypt

The Christian community in Egypt continues to be targeted with killings and kidnappings as the country is afflicted by Islamist violence and instability.

Christians killed and kidnapped as Islamist violence ravages Egypt (31.2000924, 29.91873869999995) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-02-24 16:00:00
Scores of churches were attacked following the removal of Mohammed Morsi

Christians killed and kidnapped in Egypt

The Christian community in Egypt continues to be targeted with killings and kidnappings as the country is afflicted by Islamist violence and instability.

Sharia laws to be applied to non-Muslims in Aceh, Indonesia (5.55, 95.31666670000004) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-02-25 10:00:00
The Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital of Aceh

Sharia extended to non-Muslims in Aceh

Sharia laws will be extended to non-Muslims in the Indonesian province of Aceh under a controversial new bylaw.

Sharia laws to be applied to non-Muslims in Aceh, Indonesia (5.55, 95.31666670000004) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-02-25 10:00:00
The Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital of Aceh

Sharia extended to non-Muslims in Aceh

Sharia laws will be extended to non-Muslims in the Indonesian province of Aceh under a controversial new bylaw.

Church flattened in Sudan; Christians targeted in Nuba bombings (15.64414, 32.47761200000002) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-02-25 14:30:00
The Church of Christ building was bulldozed on 17 February

Church flattened in Sudan

A church was demolished and its land confiscated by the Sudanese authorities as part of an ongoing campaign to rid the strict Islamic country of its Christian presence.

Church flattened in Sudan; Christians targeted in Nuba bombings (15.64414, 32.47761200000002) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-02-25 14:30:00
The Church of Christ building was bulldozed on 17 February

Church flattened in Sudan

A church was demolished and its land confiscated by the Sudanese authorities as part of an ongoing campaign to rid the strict Islamic country of its Christian presence.

Australian missionary arrested in North Korea knew risks (51.50245304826253, -0.12084848828123995) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-02-25 17:00:00
John Short (75) was arrested in Pyongyang on 16 February

Aus missionary arrested in North Korea

The wife of an Australian missionary detained in North Korea for distributing Christian leaflets said he knew the risks but “does what he believes God wants him to do”.

Australian missionary arrested in North Korea knew risks (51.50245304826253, -0.12084848828123995) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-02-25 17:00:00
John Short (75) was arrested in Pyongyang on 16 February

Aus missionary arrested in North Korea

The wife of an Australian missionary detained in North Korea for distributing Christian leaflets said he knew the risks but “does what he believes God wants him to do”.

Barnabas helping thousands more Christians displaced by CAR violence (6.652921907531856, 21.353288093750052) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-27 10:30:00
A makeshift refugee camp has been established at Bangui airport

Help Christians displaced by CAR violence

As the conflict in the Central African Republic leaves around half of the population in need of urgent aid...

Barnabas helping thousands more Christians displaced by CAR violence (6.652921907531856, 21.353288093750052) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-27 10:30:00
A makeshift refugee camp has been established at Bangui airport

Help Christians displaced by CAR violence

As the conflict in the Central African Republic leaves around half of the population in need of urgent aid...

Editorial: Muslims take stand against Islamic violence; call for aid fund (52.2042666, 0.1149084999999559) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-27 13:00:00
Two British Muslims were sentenced yesterday for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby

Muslims decry violence; call for aid fund

In the wake of the sentencing yesterday of two British Muslims for the bloodthirsty and brutal murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby on the streets of London, it is worth noting that...

Editorial: Muslims take stand against Islamic violence; call for aid fund (52.2042666, 0.1149084999999559) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-02-27 13:00:00
Two British Muslims were sentenced yesterday for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby

Muslims decry violence; call for aid fund

In the wake of the sentencing yesterday of two British Muslims for the bloodthirsty and brutal murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby on the streets of London, it is worth noting that...

Seven Egyptian Christians abducted and shot dead in Libya (32.1166667, 20.06666670000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-04 10:30:00
The Christians’ bodies were found on a beach on the outskirts of Benghazi

Seven Egyptian Christians killed in Libya

Seven Egyptian Christians were rounded up by suspected Islamist militants in Libya, taken away at gunpoint and shot dead.

Seven Egyptian Christians abducted and shot dead in Libya (32.1166667, 20.06666670000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-04 10:30:00
The Christians’ bodies were found on a beach on the outskirts of Benghazi

Seven Egyptian Christians killed in Libya

Seven Egyptian Christians were rounded up by suspected Islamist militants in Libya, taken away at gunpoint and shot dead.

Jihadists to Christians in Syrian city: convert to Islam, pay up or be killed (35.957230148846946, 39.013766629296924) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Religious Freedom# 2014-03-04 11:00:00
A street in the centre of Raqqa before the Syrian civil war

Ultimatum to Christians in Syrian city

A jihadist group in control of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa has given Christians a devastating ultimatum...

Jihadists to Christians in Syrian city: convert to Islam, pay up or be killed (35.957230148846946, 39.013766629296924) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Religious Freedom# 2014-03-04 11:00:00
A street in the centre of Raqqa before the Syrian civil war

Ultimatum to Christians in Syrian city

A jihadist group in control of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa has given Christians a devastating ultimatum...

Australian missionary John Short released by North Korea (51.50245304826253, -0.12084848828123995) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-03-04 12:00:00
John Short was freed on Monday (3 March)

John Short released by North Korea

Australian missionary John Short, who was detained in North Korea for distributing Christian leaflets, has been released and deported to China, where he lives.

Australian missionary John Short released by North Korea (51.50245304826253, -0.12084848828123995) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-03-04 12:00:00
John Short was freed on Monday (3 March)

John Short released by North Korea

Australian missionary John Short, who was detained in North Korea for distributing Christian leaflets, has been released and deported to China, where he lives.

Editorial: Gulf feud reveals growing ideological divide over political Islam (25.354826, 51.183884000000035) #Analysis##News Article# 2014-03-06 11:00:00
Doha, capital of Qatar

Editorial: Gulf feud over political Islam

The divide within ideological Islam is growing. This week saw Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates withdraw their ambassadors from Doha in protest at Qatar’s interference...

Editorial: Gulf feud reveals growing ideological divide over political Islam (25.354826, 51.183884000000035) #Analysis##News Article# 2014-03-06 11:00:00
Doha, capital of Qatar

Editorial: Gulf feud over political Islam

The divide within ideological Islam is growing. This week saw Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates withdraw their ambassadors from Doha in protest at Qatar’s interference...

Protect childhoods in war-ravaged Syria by supporting Christian schools (36.215549, 37.15927899999997) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-03-06 12:30:00
The war has deprived many Syrian youngsters of a carefree childhood

Supporting Christian schools in Syria

The brutal civil war in Syria is robbing youngsters of their childhoods, but Barnabas is helping Christian children in Aleppo to maintain a degree of normality...

Protect childhoods in war-ravaged Syria by supporting Christian schools (36.215549, 37.15927899999997) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-03-06 12:30:00
The war has deprived many Syrian youngsters of a carefree childhood

Supporting Christian schools in Syria

The brutal civil war in Syria is robbing youngsters of their childhoods, but Barnabas is helping Christian children in Aleppo to maintain a degree of normality...

Turkey adopts “democracy” bill in boost to rights of minorities (38.963745, 35.243322000000035) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-03-11 11:30:00
The government’s authoritarian rule sparked large-scale protests last year

Bill boosts minority rights in Turkey

The Turkish parliament has adopted a long-awaited “democratisation package” that increases the rights and freedoms of minorities...

Turkey adopts “democracy” bill in boost to rights of minorities (38.963745, 35.243322000000035) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-03-11 11:30:00
The government’s authoritarian rule sparked large-scale protests last year

Bill boosts minority rights in Turkey

The Turkish parliament has adopted a long-awaited “democratisation package” that increases the rights and freedoms of minorities...

North Korean Christians linked to detained missionary face execution (51.50245304826253, -0.12084848828123995) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-11 15:00:00
The ruling Kim family is venerated in North Korea

North Korean Christians face execution

Dozens of North Koreans have been arrested, accused of helping a detained South Korean missionary...

North Korean Christians linked to detained missionary face execution (51.50245304826253, -0.12084848828123995) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-11 15:00:00
The ruling Kim family is venerated in North Korea

North Korean Christians face execution

Dozens of North Koreans have been arrested, accused of helping a detained South Korean missionary...

Christian-run homeless shelter in Belarus closed by authorities (53.6599945, 25.344857000000047) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-03-12 10:30:00
A map showing the location of Belarus

Christian-run homeless shelter closed

A homeless shelter run by a young Christian man in Belarus has been stripped of its legal status after what appears to be a campaign of official opposition...

Christian-run homeless shelter in Belarus closed by authorities (53.6599945, 25.344857000000047) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-03-12 10:30:00
A map showing the location of Belarus

Christian-run homeless shelter closed

A homeless shelter run by a young Christian man in Belarus has been stripped of its legal status after what appears to be a campaign of official opposition...

Over 100 killed in attacks on three Christian villages in Northern Nigeria (9.3250497, 12.438058100000035) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-18 14:00:00
Nigerian Christians are facing relentless violence

Over 100 Christians killed in Nigeria

At least 119 people were killed in attacks on three Christian villages in Kaduna state, Northern Nigeria; the villages were razed to the ground...

Over 100 killed in attacks on three Christian villages in Northern Nigeria (9.3250497, 12.438058100000035) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-18 14:00:00
Nigerian Christians are facing relentless violence

Over 100 Christians killed in Nigeria

At least 119 people were killed in attacks on three Christian villages in Kaduna state, Northern Nigeria; the villages were razed to the ground...

Eight Christians arrested at picnic in Iran; UN report on human rights (32.427908, 53.688045999999986) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-03-18 15:00:00
Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Christians arrested at picnic in Iran

Eight Iranian Christians were rounded up during a social picnic and subjected to interrogation, as a new UN report raised “serious concern” about the state of human rights...

Eight Christians arrested at picnic in Iran; UN report on human rights (32.427908, 53.688045999999986) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-03-18 15:00:00
Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Christians arrested at picnic in Iran

Eight Iranian Christians were rounded up during a social picnic and subjected to interrogation, as a new UN report raised “serious concern” about the state of human rights...

Two Christians beheaded in Somalia, daughters forced to watch (1.1161954, 44.03181619999998) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-19 11:00:00
The coastline of Barawa in south-eastern SomaliaThe coastline of Barawa in south-eastern Somalia

Two Christians beheaded in Somalia

A mother of two and her cousin were publicly executed in Somalia after al-Shabaab militants found out they were Christians.

Two Christians beheaded in Somalia, daughters forced to watch (1.1161954, 44.03181619999998) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-19 11:00:00
The coastline of Barawa in south-eastern SomaliaThe coastline of Barawa in south-eastern Somalia

Two Christians beheaded in Somalia

A mother of two and her cousin were publicly executed in Somalia after al-Shabaab militants found out they were Christians.

Barnabas supports Aasia Bibi as appeal stalls; others need legal help (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #Legal Issues/Legislation##News/Appeal# 2014-03-20 11:30:00
Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009

Help Aasia Bibi as appeal stalls

As condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi’s appeal hearing is deferred for a second time, Barnabas Fund is supporting her family as well as Christian...

Barnabas supports Aasia Bibi as appeal stalls; others need legal help (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #Legal Issues/Legislation##News/Appeal# 2014-03-20 11:30:00
Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009

Help Aasia Bibi as appeal stalls

As condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi’s appeal hearing is deferred for a second time, Barnabas Fund is supporting her family as well as Christian...

Egyptian Christians flee Libya as another is killed; “genocide” warning (32.1166667, 20.06666670000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-25 10:30:00
A marketplace in Benghazi

Egyptian Christian killed in Libya

A young Egyptian Christian man who was shot in the head in Libya earlier this month has succumbed to his injuries.

Egyptian Christians flee Libya as another is killed; “genocide” warning (32.1166667, 20.06666670000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-25 10:30:00
A marketplace in Benghazi

Egyptian Christian killed in Libya

A young Egyptian Christian man who was shot in the head in Libya earlier this month has succumbed to his injuries.

Christian town in Syria attacked by Islamists; 80 dead, thousands displaced (35.9262523, 35.98735650000003) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-03-27 11:00:00
Barnabas is providing aid to Christians from Kessab at church bases

Christian town attacked by Islamists

The population of a Christian town in north-west Syria was forced to flee when it was besieged by Islamist rebels; 80 people were killed, at least 13 of whom were beheaded...

Christian town in Syria attacked by Islamists; 80 dead, thousands displaced (35.9262523, 35.98735650000003) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-03-27 11:00:00
Barnabas is providing aid to Christians from Kessab at church bases

Christian town attacked by Islamists

The population of a Christian town in north-west Syria was forced to flee when it was besieged by Islamist rebels; 80 people were killed, at least 13 of whom were beheaded...

Church shooting in Kenya leaves six dead (-4.0434771, 39.6682065) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-27 11:20:00
Kenyan Christians at worship

Six killed in Kenya church shooting

Balaclava-clad gunmen stormed a church in Kenya during a service on Sunday morning; two people were killed at the scene, and a further four later succumbed to their injuries.

Church shooting in Kenya leaves six dead (-4.0434771, 39.6682065) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-03-27 11:20:00
Kenyan Christians at worship

Six killed in Kenya church shooting

Balaclava-clad gunmen stormed a church in Kenya during a service on Sunday morning; two people were killed at the scene, and a further four later succumbed to their injuries.

Use of “blasphemy laws” on the rise; Christians, dissenters penalised (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-03-27 12:00:00
Blasphemy Accusations

Use of “blasphemy laws” on rise

An increasing number of countries, mostly ones with a Muslim majority, are enforcing blasphemy laws, which are used to penalise Christian minorities and others...

Use of “blasphemy laws” on the rise; Christians, dissenters penalised (51.4995281, -0.1250760000000355) #News Article##Analysis##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-03-27 12:00:00
Blasphemy Accusations

Use of “blasphemy laws” on rise

An increasing number of countries, mostly ones with a Muslim majority, are enforcing blasphemy laws, which are used to penalise Christian minorities and others...

Death sentence for Christian man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan (31.6018492, 74.32062080000003) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-04-01 09:00:00
Sawan Masih (26) is married with three children

Christian given death sentence for blasphemy

A young Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan over an allegation that triggered Muslim riots in Joseph Colony last year...

Death sentence for Christian man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan (31.6018492, 74.32062080000003) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-04-01 09:00:00
Sawan Masih (26) is married with three children

Christian given death sentence for blasphemy

A young Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan over an allegation that triggered Muslim riots in Joseph Colony last year...

Uganda: Muslim sheikh attacks daughter after she converted to Christianity (1.1675, 33.710000000000036) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom# 2014-04-01 12:00:00
Wenene Nuru (23) has been taken in by a church elder

Muslim sheikh attacks convert daughter

A young woman in Uganda had to flee from her Muslim family when her father, a sheikh, tried to kill her after finding out about her conversion to Christianity.

Uganda: Muslim sheikh attacks daughter after she converted to Christianity (1.1675, 33.710000000000036) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom# 2014-04-01 12:00:00
Wenene Nuru (23) has been taken in by a church elder

Muslim sheikh attacks convert daughter

A young woman in Uganda had to flee from her Muslim family when her father, a sheikh, tried to kill her after finding out about her conversion to Christianity.

Church in Russia liquidated as authorities target Christian-run projects (59.9342802, 30.335098600000038) #Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation##News Article# 2014-04-01 14:00:00
“Non-traditional” churches in Russia face state interference

Church in Russia liquidated

Churches and Christian organisations in Russia that are engaged in educational, social and charitable work are facing harassment from the authorities.

Church in Russia liquidated as authorities target Christian-run projects (59.9342802, 30.335098600000038) #Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation##News Article# 2014-04-01 14:00:00
“Non-traditional” churches in Russia face state interference

Church in Russia liquidated

Churches and Christian organisations in Russia that are engaged in educational, social and charitable work are facing harassment from the authorities.

Church attack in Egypt kills four; Egyptian Christian found dead in Libya (26.1699994056671, 25.08308384999998) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-04-03 10:00:00
Churches in Egypt have been targeted by Muslim Brotherhood protesters

Church attack in Egypt kills four

Four people were killed in an Islamist attack on a church in Egypt, while another Egyptian Christian has been murdered in Libya.

Church attack in Egypt kills four; Egyptian Christian found dead in Libya (26.1699994056671, 25.08308384999998) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-04-03 10:00:00
Churches in Egypt have been targeted by Muslim Brotherhood protesters

Church attack in Egypt kills four

Four people were killed in an Islamist attack on a church in Egypt, while another Egyptian Christian has been murdered in Libya.

Harsh sharia penalties to apply to non-Muslims in Brunei (4.535277, 114.72766899999999) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-04-08 10:40:00
Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah

New sharia penal code in Brunei

A new sharia penal code that includes archaic Islamic penalties such as flogging and stoning to death – some of which will be applied to non-Muslims – is being rolled out...

Harsh sharia penalties to apply to non-Muslims in Brunei (4.535277, 114.72766899999999) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-04-08 10:40:00
Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah

New sharia penal code in Brunei

A new sharia penal code that includes archaic Islamic penalties such as flogging and stoning to death – some of which will be applied to non-Muslims – is being rolled out...

Christian couple sentenced to death in Pakistan over text messages (30.97314999999999, 72.47437300000001) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-04-08 11:20:00
Blasphemy Accusations

Christian couple sentenced to death

A Christian couple in Pakistan have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after being accused of sending blasphemous text messages insulting Muhammad.

Christian couple sentenced to death in Pakistan over text messages (30.97314999999999, 72.47437300000001) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-04-08 11:20:00
Blasphemy Accusations

Christian couple sentenced to death

A Christian couple in Pakistan have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after being accused of sending blasphemous text messages insulting Muhammad.

Churches in CAR pursue peace as sectarian violence continues (6.446490859200697, 20.526178421874988) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-10 09:00:00
The conflict has displaced around one million people

Churches in CAR pursue peace

As sectarian killings continue in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid warnings of a repeat of the Rwandan genocide, churches have held a month of prayer...

Churches in CAR pursue peace as sectarian violence continues (6.446490859200697, 20.526178421874988) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-10 09:00:00
The conflict has displaced around one million people

Churches in CAR pursue peace

As sectarian killings continue in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid warnings of a repeat of the Rwandan genocide, churches have held a month of prayer...

Christians left homeless by Islamist siege on Syrian town need help (35.9262523, 35.98735650000003) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-10 10:00:00
Christians from Kessab receive food from Barnabas at a church in Latakia

Christians need help after Islamist siege

Hundreds of Christian families who were forced to flee their homes in a north-west Syrian town when it was besieged by Islamist rebels are in desperate need...

Christians left homeless by Islamist siege on Syrian town need help (35.9262523, 35.98735650000003) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-10 10:00:00
Christians from Kessab receive food from Barnabas at a church in Latakia

Christians need help after Islamist siege

Hundreds of Christian families who were forced to flee their homes in a north-west Syrian town when it was besieged by Islamist rebels are in desperate need...

Church in Kyrgyzstan appeals against building confiscation (41.20438, 74.76609800000006) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-04-14 14:30:00
The church is located in the capital, Bishkek

Church appeals against building confiscation

A church in Kyrgyzstan is appealing against the confiscation of its building by the authorities...

Church in Kyrgyzstan appeals against building confiscation (41.20438, 74.76609800000006) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-04-14 14:30:00
The church is located in the capital, Bishkek

Church appeals against building confiscation

A church in Kyrgyzstan is appealing against the confiscation of its building by the authorities...

Homes of Christians fleeing violence in Iraq seized by gangs (30.5, 47.81666670000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-14 16:30:00
Targeted violence has driven hundreds of thousands of Christians from Iraq

Iraqi Christian homes seized by gangs

Gangs in Baghdad are seizing homes left empty by those – mostly Christian families – who have been forced to flee because of violent...

Homes of Christians fleeing violence in Iraq seized by gangs (30.5, 47.81666670000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-14 16:30:00
Targeted violence has driven hundreds of thousands of Christians from Iraq

Iraqi Christian homes seized by gangs

Gangs in Baghdad are seizing homes left empty by those – mostly Christian families – who have been forced to flee because of violent...

Ugandan convert from Islam poisoned after losing wife, job, home (0.3136111, 32.581111100000044) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-04-15 10:30:00
Hassan Muwanguzi has been beaten and threatened with death

Ugandan convert from Islam poisoned

A former sheikh who converted to Christianity in Uganda has suffered greatly for his faith in Christ...

Ugandan convert from Islam poisoned after losing wife, job, home (0.3136111, 32.581111100000044) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-04-15 10:30:00
Hassan Muwanguzi has been beaten and threatened with death

Ugandan convert from Islam poisoned

A former sheikh who converted to Christianity in Uganda has suffered greatly for his faith in Christ...

Hundreds of Christian girls kidnapped, forced to marry Muslims in Pakistan (30.97314999999999, 72.47437300000001) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-04-16 14:00:00
Young Christian women in Pakistan are extremely vulnerable

Hundreds of Christian girls kidnapped

An estimated 1,000 girls and young women – mostly Christians – are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men every year in Pakistan, according to a new report.

Hundreds of Christian girls kidnapped, forced to marry Muslims in Pakistan (30.97314999999999, 72.47437300000001) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-04-16 14:00:00
Young Christian women in Pakistan are extremely vulnerable

Hundreds of Christian girls kidnapped

An estimated 1,000 girls and young women – mostly Christians – are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men every year in Pakistan, according to a new report.

Editorial: Remember suffering Syrian Christians in prayer this Easter (35.63129577680224, 38.176071500000035) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-17 13:00:00
A Syrian Christian man stands amongst devastation brought by the civil conflict

Remember Syrian Christians in prayer

As we remember the immense sufferings of our Lord Jesus upon the cross and also look forward to celebrating His glorious resurrection, may we at this time reflect on the sufferings of our beloved Christian...

Editorial: Remember suffering Syrian Christians in prayer this Easter (35.63129577680224, 38.176071500000035) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-17 13:00:00
A Syrian Christian man stands amongst devastation brought by the civil conflict

Remember Syrian Christians in prayer

As we remember the immense sufferings of our Lord Jesus upon the cross and also look forward to celebrating His glorious resurrection, may we at this time reflect on the sufferings of our beloved Christian...

Christians forced to flee Maaloula keen to return after recapture (33.8441667, 36.54666670000006) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-22 10:15:00
Maaloula before its homes and churches were battered by fighting

Christians keen to return to Maaloula

Residents of the historic Christian village of Maaloula in Syria who were driven out by al-Qaeda-linked rebels last year are hoping to return...

Christians forced to flee Maaloula keen to return after recapture (33.8441667, 36.54666670000006) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-04-22 10:15:00
Maaloula before its homes and churches were battered by fighting

Christians keen to return to Maaloula

Residents of the historic Christian village of Maaloula in Syria who were driven out by al-Qaeda-linked rebels last year are hoping to return...

Hungary violated rights of churches with new law, court rules (47.507190067266194, 19.045639420407042) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-04-22 12:00:00
Hungary introduced the Church Act in 2012

Hungary law violated church rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that a controversial law in Hungary that stripped many churches of their registration violated their rights.

Hungary violated rights of churches with new law, court rules (47.507190067266194, 19.045639420407042) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-04-22 12:00:00
Hungary introduced the Church Act in 2012

Hungary law violated church rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that a controversial law in Hungary that stripped many churches of their registration violated their rights.

Over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from Christian town in Nigeria (11.7987121, 13.126787299999933) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-04-23 15:30:00
Christian girls and women are being targeted for kidnapping by Boko Haram

Schoolgirls kidnapped from Christian town

At least 230 girls were kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram in a night-time raid on a boarding school in a predominantly Christian town in Northern Nigeria.

Over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from Christian town in Nigeria (11.7987121, 13.126787299999933) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-04-23 15:30:00
Christian girls and women are being targeted for kidnapping by Boko Haram

Schoolgirls kidnapped from Christian town

At least 230 girls were kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram in a night-time raid on a boarding school in a predominantly Christian town in Northern Nigeria.

Help restore lives shattered by anti-Christian violence (20.45469075346368, 11.339751875000047) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-04-24 14:00:00
Barnabas is supporting these five children who lost both parents in the All Saints bombing

Help victims of anti-Christian violence

Being a Christian is extremely dangerous in many parts of the world, and those who suffer violence and injustice because of their faith need our help to overcome their ordeal...

Help restore lives shattered by anti-Christian violence (20.45469075346368, 11.339751875000047) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-04-24 14:00:00
Barnabas is supporting these five children who lost both parents in the All Saints bombing

Help victims of anti-Christian violence

Being a Christian is extremely dangerous in many parts of the world, and those who suffer violence and injustice because of their faith need our help to overcome their ordeal...

"My father killed my sister after we became Christians" – Ugandan convert (-0.3833333, 32.549999999999955) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-04-28 16:00:00
The sisters had a dream on the same night about going to a church

Father kills convert daughter in Uganda

A young Ugandan woman has told how her Muslim father beat her 17-year-old sister to death after finding out that the pair had converted to Christianity.

"My father killed my sister after we became Christians" – Ugandan convert (-0.3833333, 32.549999999999955) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-04-28 16:00:00
The sisters had a dream on the same night about going to a church

Father kills convert daughter in Uganda

A young Ugandan woman has told how her Muslim father beat her 17-year-old sister to death after finding out that the pair had converted to Christianity.

Christians blocked from burying dead in state cemeteries in Uzbekistan (41.26666669999999, 69.21666670000002) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-04-29 10:01:00
A cemetery in Uzbekistan

Christians blocked from burying dead

Christian families in Uzbekistan are being blocked from burying their loved ones in state-owned cemeteries as local officials bow to pressure from Muslim leaders.

Christians blocked from burying dead in state cemeteries in Uzbekistan (41.26666669999999, 69.21666670000002) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-04-29 10:01:00
A cemetery in Uzbekistan

Christians blocked from burying dead

Christian families in Uzbekistan are being blocked from burying their loved ones in state-owned cemeteries as local officials bow to pressure from Muslim leaders.

Three doctors killed in shooting at Christian hospital in Afghanistan (34.5330556, 69.16611109999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-04-30 09:30:00
Dr Jerry Umanos was shot dead in the attack

Three doctors killed at Christian hospital

Three doctors were killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire on the staff he was meant to be protecting at a Christian-run hospital in Kabul.

Three doctors killed in shooting at Christian hospital in Afghanistan (34.5330556, 69.16611109999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-04-30 09:30:00
Dr Jerry Umanos was shot dead in the attack

Three doctors killed at Christian hospital

Three doctors were killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire on the staff he was meant to be protecting at a Christian-run hospital in Kabul.

Pakistani Christian girl (7) gang-raped by four Muslim men; father kidnapped (32.4924769, 74.53104029999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-04-30 14:00:00
Saira Iqbal is recovering from her ordeal

Pakistani Christian girl gang-raped

The Christian community in Pakistan is campaigning for justice for a seven-year-old Christian girl who was gang-raped by four Muslim men. Her father was abducted to stop the family from pressing charges.

Pakistani Christian girl (7) gang-raped by four Muslim men; father kidnapped (32.4924769, 74.53104029999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-04-30 14:00:00
Saira Iqbal is recovering from her ordeal

Pakistani Christian girl gang-raped

The Christian community in Pakistan is campaigning for justice for a seven-year-old Christian girl who was gang-raped by four Muslim men. Her father was abducted to stop the family from pressing charges.

Kidnapped Christian schoolgirls married to Islamists, moved from Nigeria (11.830972827434, 13.159746284374933) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-01 12:30:00
The ravaged school building is surveyed after the kidnapping

Kidnapped Christian girls married to Islamists

At least some of the Christian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria are thought to have been sold as wives to members of the Islamist group and moved...

Kidnapped Christian schoolgirls married to Islamists, moved from Nigeria (11.830972827434, 13.159746284374933) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-01 12:30:00
The ravaged school building is surveyed after the kidnapping

Kidnapped Christian girls married to Islamists

At least some of the Christian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria are thought to have been sold as wives to members of the Islamist group and moved...

Christian village in Syria stormed by militants; ousted families need help (32.5878998, 36.444552499999986) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-05-02 11:30:00
Supplies being delivered to displaced Christian families from Kharaba

Militants storm Christian village in Syria

A shock attack on a Christian village in Syria has driven up to 350 families from their homes; 49 men were kidnapped as properties were torched and looted.

Christian village in Syria stormed by militants; ousted families need help (32.5878998, 36.444552499999986) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-05-02 11:30:00
Supplies being delivered to displaced Christian families from Kharaba

Militants storm Christian village in Syria

A shock attack on a Christian village in Syria has driven up to 350 families from their homes; 49 men were kidnapped as properties were torched and looted.

Pregnant Christian woman could face execution for apostasy in Sudan (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-05-06 15:30:00
Many Christian women are jailed for supposed sharia infringements in Sudan

Christian woman faces execution for apostasy

A pregnant Christian woman in Sudan could face the death penalty for apostasy because she was born to a Muslim father, so is deemed to have left Islam.

Pregnant Christian woman could face execution for apostasy in Sudan (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-05-06 15:30:00
Many Christian women are jailed for supposed sharia infringements in Sudan

Christian woman faces execution for apostasy

A pregnant Christian woman in Sudan could face the death penalty for apostasy because she was born to a Muslim father, so is deemed to have left Islam.

Syria named for first time on annual religious freedom blacklist; US called to act (38.8998057, -77.00978929999997) #News Article##Religious Freedom# 2014-05-07 09:30:00
Churches have been targeted and destroyed in the Syrian civil war

Syria on religious freedom blacklist

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has called for “renewed and strengthened” commitment from the American government to religious freedom abroad...

Syria named for first time on annual religious freedom blacklist; US called to act (38.8998057, -77.00978929999997) #News Article##Religious Freedom# 2014-05-07 09:30:00
Churches have been targeted and destroyed in the Syrian civil war

Syria on religious freedom blacklist

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has called for “renewed and strengthened” commitment from the American government to religious freedom abroad...

Call to prayer for Christian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria (11.181612, 13.75356320000003) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-07 12:00:00
The kidnappings have sparked widespread protests

Call to prayer for Christian schoolgirls

Barnabas Fund is calling for urgent prayer for the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria - most of whom are Christian - as the leader of Boko Haram says they are “slaves” whom Allah has instructed him to sell...

Call to prayer for Christian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria (11.181612, 13.75356320000003) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-07 12:00:00
The kidnappings have sparked widespread protests

Call to prayer for Christian schoolgirls

Barnabas Fund is calling for urgent prayer for the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria - most of whom are Christian - as the leader of Boko Haram says they are “slaves” whom Allah has instructed him to sell...

Christian jailed in Kazakhstan for refusing to pay fine after house church raid (53.88, 67.41583330000003) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-05-08 11:00:00
A map showing the location of Kazakhstan

Christian jailed over refusing fine

A Christian father of three has been jailed in Kazakhstan for refusing to pay a fine issued for leading worship at an “illegal meeting” in his home.

Christian jailed in Kazakhstan for refusing to pay fine after house church raid (53.88, 67.41583330000003) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-05-08 11:00:00
A map showing the location of Kazakhstan

Christian jailed over refusing fine

A Christian father of three has been jailed in Kazakhstan for refusing to pay a fine issued for leading worship at an “illegal meeting” in his home.

Religious disputes police unit launched, cap on worship places in Sri Lanka (7.873053999999999, 80.77179699999999) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-05-09 09:00:00
Official approval will be required to build a new place of worship

Police unit launched for religious disputes

Sri Lanka has launched a special police unit to address religious disputes and has put a cap on building places of worship, in controversial moves...

Religious disputes police unit launched, cap on worship places in Sri Lanka (7.873053999999999, 80.77179699999999) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-05-09 09:00:00
Official approval will be required to build a new place of worship

Police unit launched for religious disputes

Sri Lanka has launched a special police unit to address religious disputes and has put a cap on building places of worship, in controversial moves...

Christian family’s home destroyed for third time by Hindus in India (20.1342042, 84.01674230000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-05-12 10:00:00
Barnabas is building new homes for persecuted Christians in India

Christian’s home destroyed for third time

A Christian family have been left devastated after their home in Kandhamal was destroyed for the third time by Hindu extremists.

Christian family’s home destroyed for third time by Hindus in India (20.1342042, 84.01674230000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-05-12 10:00:00
Barnabas is building new homes for persecuted Christians in India

Christian’s home destroyed for third time

A Christian family have been left devastated after their home in Kandhamal was destroyed for the third time by Hindu extremists.

Two Christian families penalised for gatherings in private home (39.627012, 66.97497309999994) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-05-13 10:00:00
Unregistered Christian gatherings are vulnerable to police raids in Uzbekistan

Christian families fined for gatherings

Two Christian families in Uzbekistan who meet in a private home to read the Bible and pray together are being harassed by the authorities.

Two Christian families penalised for gatherings in private home (39.627012, 66.97497309999994) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-05-13 10:00:00
Unregistered Christian gatherings are vulnerable to police raids in Uzbekistan

Christian families fined for gatherings

Two Christian families in Uzbekistan who meet in a private home to read the Bible and pray together are being harassed by the authorities.

Church premises in Tanzania targeted in two separate attacks (-7.869895000000001, 39.75495109999997) #News Article# 2014-05-14 10:00:00
The church on Mafia Island was ruined by the fire

Church premises in Tanzania attacked

Two church premises in Tanzania have been targeted in separate attacks this month. One was gutted by arson, while a bomb blast at the other left a worker in a critical condition.

Church premises in Tanzania targeted in two separate attacks (-7.869895000000001, 39.75495109999997) #News Article# 2014-05-14 10:00:00
The church on Mafia Island was ruined by the fire

Church premises in Tanzania attacked

Two church premises in Tanzania have been targeted in separate attacks this month. One was gutted by arson, while a bomb blast at the other left a worker in a critical condition.

Top Islamic clerics condemn Boko Haram kidnappings; girls converted (11.181612, 13.75356320000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-15 09:45:00
A truck promotes the growing “#BringBackOurGirls” campaign

Top Islamic clerics condemn Boko Haram

Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, saying they have converted to Islam...

Top Islamic clerics condemn Boko Haram kidnappings; girls converted (11.181612, 13.75356320000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-15 09:45:00
A truck promotes the growing “#BringBackOurGirls” campaign

Top Islamic clerics condemn Boko Haram

Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, saying they have converted to Islam...

Pregnant Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-05-19 12:00:00
jail-3-4X3.jpg

Pregnant Christian sentenced to death

A pregnant Christian woman in Sudan has been sentenced to death for apostasy. She refused to accept a reprieve by converting to Islam, telling the court, “I am a Christian and I have never been a Muslim.”

Pregnant Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-05-19 12:00:00
jail-3-4X3.jpg

Pregnant Christian sentenced to death

A pregnant Christian woman in Sudan has been sentenced to death for apostasy. She refused to accept a reprieve by converting to Islam, telling the court, “I am a Christian and I have never been a Muslim.”

Concerns for Christians in India as Hindu nationalists seize power (20.593684, 78.96288000000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-05-20 15:00:00
BJP leader Narendra Modi

Concerns for Christians in India

Concerns have been raised for Christians and other minorities in India following the landslide victory of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)...

Concerns for Christians in India as Hindu nationalists seize power (20.593684, 78.96288000000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-05-20 15:00:00
BJP leader Narendra Modi

Concerns for Christians in India

Concerns have been raised for Christians and other minorities in India following the landslide victory of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)...

Deadly suicide blasts in Nigeria as Boko Haram reasserts anti-Christian agenda (12, 8.516666699999973) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-21 10:00:00
The attack took place in Kano on Sunday evening

Boko Haram reasserts anti-Christian agenda

Scores of people have been killed in suicide bombings in Nigeria as Boko Haram reasserts its agenda: “war against Christians”.

Deadly suicide blasts in Nigeria as Boko Haram reasserts anti-Christian agenda (12, 8.516666699999973) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-21 10:00:00
The attack took place in Kano on Sunday evening

Boko Haram reasserts anti-Christian agenda

Scores of people have been killed in suicide bombings in Nigeria as Boko Haram reasserts its agenda: “war against Christians”.

Help Christian women jailed under harsh sharia law in Sudan (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News/Appeal##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-05-22 14:00:00
Many Christian women are jailed for supposed sharia infringements in Sudan

Help Christian women jailed in Sudan

A Barnabas Fund partner in Sudan who runs a ministry at the women’s prison where Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a pregnant Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy...

Help Christian women jailed under harsh sharia law in Sudan (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News/Appeal##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-05-22 14:00:00
Many Christian women are jailed for supposed sharia infringements in Sudan

Help Christian women jailed in Sudan

A Barnabas Fund partner in Sudan who runs a ministry at the women’s prison where Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a pregnant Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy...

Kenyan convert from Islam beaten and arrested (-4.0434771, 39.6682065) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-05-28 10:00:00
Hassan was converted in Baringo County in west Kenya

Kenyan convert beaten and arrested

A Christian convert from Islam in Kenya was beaten senseless in a mosque and was later arrested, perhaps on the basis of malicious accusations by hostile Muslims.

Kenyan convert from Islam beaten and arrested (-4.0434771, 39.6682065) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-05-28 10:00:00
Hassan was converted in Baringo County in west Kenya

Kenyan convert beaten and arrested

A Christian convert from Islam in Kenya was beaten senseless in a mosque and was later arrested, perhaps on the basis of malicious accusations by hostile Muslims.

Christian family freed from bonded labour by Barnabas partners in Pakistan (32.4924769, 74.53104029999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-28 15:30:00
Amna, Chand and Imran were taken to a safe house after their release

Christian family freed from bonded labour

Members of a Christian family trapped like slaves in bonded labour for 25 years have been rescued by Barnabas partners in Pakistan.

Christian family freed from bonded labour by Barnabas partners in Pakistan (32.4924769, 74.53104029999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-05-28 15:30:00
Amna, Chand and Imran were taken to a safe house after their release

Christian family freed from bonded labour

Members of a Christian family trapped like slaves in bonded labour for 25 years have been rescued by Barnabas partners in Pakistan.

Pastor beaten and returned to prison in Iran (32.427908, 53.688045999999986) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-05-28 16:10:00
Vahid Hakkani went on hunger strike in March

Pastor beaten and jailed again

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini has been beaten and forcibly returned to jail from hospital in Iran, while another prisoner, Vahid Hakkani, has ended his hunger strike...

Pastor beaten and returned to prison in Iran (32.427908, 53.688045999999986) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-05-28 16:10:00
Vahid Hakkani went on hunger strike in March

Pastor beaten and jailed again

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini has been beaten and forcibly returned to jail from hospital in Iran, while another prisoner, Vahid Hakkani, has ended his hunger strike...

Christian area in Northern Nigeria under siege by Boko Haram (11.0897215, 13.688376500000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-04 14:30:00
Barnabas funds trauma counselling for victims of anti-Christian violence in Nigeria

Christians under siege in Northern Nigeria

The predominantly Christian area of Gwoza in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, is under siege by suspected Boko Haram militants, who have rampaged through villages over the last two weeks...

Christian area in Northern Nigeria under siege by Boko Haram (11.0897215, 13.688376500000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-04 14:30:00
Barnabas funds trauma counselling for victims of anti-Christian violence in Nigeria

Christians under siege in Northern Nigeria

The predominantly Christian area of Gwoza in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, is under siege by suspected Boko Haram militants, who have rampaged through villages over the last two weeks...

Christians hopeful after election of new president in Egypt (26.820553, 30.802498000000014) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-05 11:00:00
Retired field marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi won last week’s presidential election

Christians welcome new Egyptian president

Egyptian Christians have welcomed the election of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as the country’s new president...

Christians hopeful after election of new president in Egypt (26.820553, 30.802498000000014) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-05 11:00:00
Retired field marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi won last week’s presidential election

Christians welcome new Egyptian president

Egyptian Christians have welcomed the election of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as the country’s new president...

Deadly church attack as CAR violence continues; Barnabas helping Christians (4.366666700000001, 18.58333330000005) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-06-05 11:30:00
Barnabas has provided food and household essentials to the most needy Christians

Deadly church attack in CAR

Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) are reeling from the worst attack on their community since the Islamist Seleka was forced from power in January.

Deadly church attack as CAR violence continues; Barnabas helping Christians (4.366666700000001, 18.58333330000005) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-06-05 11:30:00
Barnabas has provided food and household essentials to the most needy Christians

Deadly church attack in CAR

Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) are reeling from the worst attack on their community since the Islamist Seleka was forced from power in January.

Sudan denies claim Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim will be freed (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-06-05 16:00:00
Meriam in prison with her son, Martin, and newborn daughter, Maya

Sudan denies Meriam will be freed

Sudan has retracted a claim made by a foreign ministry official that condemned Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim “will be freed within days”...

Sudan denies claim Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim will be freed (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-06-05 16:00:00
Meriam in prison with her son, Martin, and newborn daughter, Maya

Sudan denies Meriam will be freed

Sudan has retracted a claim made by a foreign ministry official that condemned Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim “will be freed within days”...

Burma’s draft religious conversion bill “unacceptable” – Christian group (22.487037618060462, 96.41080045000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-06-10 16:20:00
Christian ethnic minority groups in Burma suffer discrimination and violence

Religious conversion bill “unacceptable”

India’s anti-conversion laws are expanding, posing a serious threat to religious freedom and putting the country’s minorities, especially Christians, at growing risk of abuse and violence...

Burma’s draft religious conversion bill “unacceptable” – Christian group (22.487037618060462, 96.41080045000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-06-10 16:20:00
Christian ethnic minority groups in Burma suffer discrimination and violence

Religious conversion bill “unacceptable”

India’s anti-conversion laws are expanding, posing a serious threat to religious freedom and putting the country’s minorities, especially Christians, at growing risk of abuse and violence...

Islamist pressure forces closure of churches in Indonesia (-6.817253099999999, 107.13072890000001) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom# 2014-06-11 08:53:00
A street scene in Cianjur, West Java

Islamist pressure forces church closures

Pressure from Islamic extremists has forced the closure of seven churches by the authorities in Cianjur district of West Java, Indonesia.

Islamist pressure forces closure of churches in Indonesia (-6.817253099999999, 107.13072890000001) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom# 2014-06-11 08:53:00
A street scene in Cianjur, West Java

Islamist pressure forces church closures

Pressure from Islamic extremists has forced the closure of seven churches by the authorities in Cianjur district of West Java, Indonesia.

Christian teenager raped and killed by Muslim in Pakistan (32.4386254, 74.11699060000001) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-06-11 12:15:00
Sanwal Masih (17) was poisoned

Christian teenager raped and killed

Barnabas partners in Pakistan are pursuing justice for the family of a Christian teenager who was raped and killed by a young Muslim man.

Christian teenager raped and killed by Muslim in Pakistan (32.4386254, 74.11699060000001) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-06-11 12:15:00
Sanwal Masih (17) was poisoned

Christian teenager raped and killed

Barnabas partners in Pakistan are pursuing justice for the family of a Christian teenager who was raped and killed by a young Muslim man.

Iraqi Christians fleeing Islamist-controlled Mosul need aid (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-06-12 11:30:00
Barnabas has been helping to meet Iraqi Christians’ practical needs for many years

Iraqi Christians fleeing Mosul need aid

Barnabas Fund has sent emergency aid to help Iraqi Christians fleeing Mosul following its terrifying fall on Tuesday (10 June) to jihadist group...

Iraqi Christians fleeing Islamist-controlled Mosul need aid (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-06-12 11:30:00
Barnabas has been helping to meet Iraqi Christians’ practical needs for many years

Iraqi Christians fleeing Mosul need aid

Barnabas Fund has sent emergency aid to help Iraqi Christians fleeing Mosul following its terrifying fall on Tuesday (10 June) to jihadist group...

Editorial: Threat to wider region, Christian presence, as ISIS takes Mosul (33.223191, 43.679291000000035) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-06-12 12:30:00
Mosul fell to ISIS on Tuesday (10 June)

ISIS threat to wider region

The alarming fall of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) on Tuesday (10 June) and the group’s rapid advance south...

Editorial: Threat to wider region, Christian presence, as ISIS takes Mosul (33.223191, 43.679291000000035) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-06-12 12:30:00
Mosul fell to ISIS on Tuesday (10 June)

ISIS threat to wider region

The alarming fall of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) on Tuesday (10 June) and the group’s rapid advance south...

Christian charged with “blasphemy” in Egypt over Facebook page (25.6872431, 32.639635699999985) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-16 15:00:00
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Christian charged with “blasphemy” in Egypt

A young Christian man has been charged under Egypt’s “blasphemy” law for “liking” a Facebook page that local Muslims deemed offensive to Islam.

Christian charged with “blasphemy” in Egypt over Facebook page (25.6872431, 32.639635699999985) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-16 15:00:00
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Christian charged with “blasphemy” in Egypt

A young Christian man has been charged under Egypt’s “blasphemy” law for “liking” a Facebook page that local Muslims deemed offensive to Islam.

Church leaders condemn “truly shameful” conditions in Eritrea (15.179384, 39.78233399999999) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-06-17 10:00:00
People fleeing Eritrea endanger their lives crossing the Sinai Desert

“Truly shameful” conditions in Eritrea

Four senior church leaders in Eritrea have published an open letter criticising conditions in the oppressive African state as “truly shameful and unacceptable”, in a rare and bold move.

Church leaders condemn “truly shameful” conditions in Eritrea (15.179384, 39.78233399999999) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-06-17 10:00:00
People fleeing Eritrea endanger their lives crossing the Sinai Desert

“Truly shameful” conditions in Eritrea

Four senior church leaders in Eritrea have published an open letter criticising conditions in the oppressive African state as “truly shameful and unacceptable”, in a rare and bold move.

Christians targeted in al-Shabaab attack on Kenyan town; around 50 dead (-2.3904853, 40.69684259999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-18 11:00:00
Kenya's coastal region has been vulnerable to attack by al-Shabaab

Christians targeted in al-Shabaab attack

Around 50 people were killed in an al-Shabaab attack on a mainly Christian town in Kenya...

Christians targeted in al-Shabaab attack on Kenyan town; around 50 dead (-2.3904853, 40.69684259999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-18 11:00:00
Kenya's coastal region has been vulnerable to attack by al-Shabaab

Christians targeted in al-Shabaab attack

Around 50 people were killed in an al-Shabaab attack on a mainly Christian town in Kenya...

Hindus pressure police to arrest 40 Christians in Nepal (27.72186, 85.37323149999997) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-06-18 15:00:00
BJP leader Narendra Modi

Police pressured to arrest Christians

Around 40 church leaders and members were arrested in Nepal, accused of forcibly converting Hindus, in an ominous threat to religious freedom in the country.

Hindus pressure police to arrest 40 Christians in Nepal (27.72186, 85.37323149999997) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-06-18 15:00:00
BJP leader Narendra Modi

Police pressured to arrest Christians

Around 40 church leaders and members were arrested in Nepal, accused of forcibly converting Hindus, in an ominous threat to religious freedom in the country.

Christians under threat in Iraq and Syria need help and prayer (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-19 11:15:00
Supplies from Barnabas being packed up for distribution in Syria

Christians in Iraq and Syria need help

Christians in Iraq and Syria under grave threat as jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) expands its territory – imposing strict...

Christians under threat in Iraq and Syria need help and prayer (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-19 11:15:00
Supplies from Barnabas being packed up for distribution in Syria

Christians in Iraq and Syria need help

Christians in Iraq and Syria under grave threat as jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) expands its territory – imposing strict...

Editorial: What hope of return for Syria and Iraq’s fleeing Christians? (33.223191, 43.679291000000035) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-20 10:15:00
The Christian presence in Syria and Iraq is under threat by Islamic militants

Editorial: What hope for fleeing Christians?

I recently returned from a short visit to Syria, where I had the great privilege of being able to worship with Syrian Christians at a special church event. Despite suffering...

Editorial: What hope of return for Syria and Iraq’s fleeing Christians? (33.223191, 43.679291000000035) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2014-06-20 10:15:00
The Christian presence in Syria and Iraq is under threat by Islamic militants

Editorial: What hope for fleeing Christians?

I recently returned from a short visit to Syria, where I had the great privilege of being able to worship with Syrian Christians at a special church event. Despite suffering...

Christians kidnapped in Egypt as Islamist violence continues (31.132093, 33.80327620000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-06-23 12:30:00
Scores of churches were attacked following the removal of Mohammed Morsi

Christians kidnapped in Egypt

Two Egyptian Christians have been kidnapped by suspected Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula as the community continues to be targeted.

Christians kidnapped in Egypt as Islamist violence continues (31.132093, 33.80327620000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-06-23 12:30:00
Scores of churches were attacked following the removal of Mohammed Morsi

Christians kidnapped in Egypt

Two Egyptian Christians have been kidnapped by suspected Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula as the community continues to be targeted.

UN experts slam Burma’s proposed religious conversion bill (21.509150999404156, 96.76236295000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-06-24 10:20:00
The United Nations headquarters in New York

UN experts slam Burma’s conversion bill

International pressure is mounting on Burma (Myanmar) over its proposed religious conversion bill as United Nations human rights experts call for it to be scrapped.

UN experts slam Burma’s proposed religious conversion bill (21.509150999404156, 96.76236295000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-06-24 10:20:00
The United Nations headquarters in New York

UN experts slam Burma’s conversion bill

International pressure is mounting on Burma (Myanmar) over its proposed religious conversion bill as United Nations human rights experts call for it to be scrapped.

Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim freed, then detained again in Sudan (12.862807, 30.21763599999997) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-06-25 12:00:00
Meriam’s two children, Martin and newborn Maya, were held in prison with her

Meriam Ibrahim freed, then detained

Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan, has been cleared on appeal and freed from prison – only to be detained at the airport...

Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim freed, then detained again in Sudan (12.862807, 30.21763599999997) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-06-25 12:00:00
Meriam’s two children, Martin and newborn Maya, were held in prison with her

Meriam Ibrahim freed, then detained

Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan, has been cleared on appeal and freed from prison – only to be detained at the airport...

Pakistan’s government ordered to take steps to protect religious minorities (31.55460609999999, 74.35715809999999) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-06-25 15:00:00
Christians protest over church property grabbing by Punjab government

Pakistan ordered to protect minorities

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to take a number of steps to protect religious minorities from violence and intolerance...

Pakistan’s government ordered to take steps to protect religious minorities (31.55460609999999, 74.35715809999999) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-06-25 15:00:00
Christians protest over church property grabbing by Punjab government

Pakistan ordered to protect minorities

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to take a number of steps to protect religious minorities from violence and intolerance...

Christian convert couple killed; 250 Christians made homeless in India (20.2960587, 85.82453980000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-06-30 15:00:00
The demolition of 30 homes in Orissa has left 250 Christians homeless

Christian convert couple killed in India

A Christian couple who converted from Buddhism have been hacked to death and their 12-year-old daughter's eye gouged out in a savage attack in India.

Christian convert couple killed; 250 Christians made homeless in India (20.2960587, 85.82453980000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-06-30 15:00:00
The demolition of 30 homes in Orissa has left 250 Christians homeless

Christian convert couple killed in India

A Christian couple who converted from Buddhism have been hacked to death and their 12-year-old daughter's eye gouged out in a savage attack in India.

Egyptian Christians jailed for "blasphemy" and "disturbing the peace" (25.6872431, 32.639635699999985) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-06-30 16:30:00
Demiana Ebeid Abdelnour lost an appeal against her original sentence

Egyptian Christians jailed for "blasphemy"

Three Egyptian Christians have been sentenced to jail in separate cases...

Egyptian Christians jailed for "blasphemy" and "disturbing the peace" (25.6872431, 32.639635699999985) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-06-30 16:30:00
Demiana Ebeid Abdelnour lost an appeal against her original sentence

Egyptian Christians jailed for "blasphemy"

Three Egyptian Christians have been sentenced to jail in separate cases...

Lao Christians charged with murder after death of convert (16.5065381, 105.59433880000006) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-07-01 11:45:00
Buddhism is the majority religion in Laos

Lao Christians charged with murder

Five Christians have been charged with murder in Laos after a sick woman sought prayer at her local church, converted to Christianity and later died.

Lao Christians charged with murder after death of convert (16.5065381, 105.59433880000006) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-07-01 11:45:00
Buddhism is the majority religion in Laos

Lao Christians charged with murder

Five Christians have been charged with murder in Laos after a sick woman sought prayer at her local church, converted to Christianity and later died.

Barnabas educating over 6,000 disadvantaged Christian youngsters (-0.9756758071785204, 113.89595044238285) #Project Update##News Article# 2014-07-03 09:50:00
Noor is happy to be back at school after having had to work as a housemaid

Barnabas educating 6,000 Christian children

Barnabas Fund is providing thousands of Christian youngsters whose parents would otherwise not be able to afford to send them to school with a quality, Christ-centred education.

Barnabas educating over 6,000 disadvantaged Christian youngsters (-0.9756758071785204, 113.89595044238285) #Project Update##News Article# 2014-07-03 09:50:00
Noor is happy to be back at school after having had to work as a housemaid

Barnabas educating 6,000 Christian children

Barnabas Fund is providing thousands of Christian youngsters whose parents would otherwise not be able to afford to send them to school with a quality, Christ-centred education.

Iraqi Christians on the run, endangered and in need. Will you help? (36.34152101869191, 43.126051788330074) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-07-03 11:15:00
Barnabas is helping Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamist violence

Endangered Iraqi Christians on the run

Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians were forced to flee Qaraqosh, a historic Christian town near Mosul, when it was attacked by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)...

Iraqi Christians on the run, endangered and in need. Will you help? (36.34152101869191, 43.126051788330074) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-07-03 11:15:00
Barnabas is helping Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamist violence

Endangered Iraqi Christians on the run

Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians were forced to flee Qaraqosh, a historic Christian town near Mosul, when it was attacked by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)...

Deadly attacks on Christian communities in Kenya by al-Shabaab (-2.2695575, 40.90064080000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-07-14 17:00:00
Kenya’s coastal region has been frequently targeted by al-Shabaab

Deadly attacks on Christians in Kenya

Christian communities in Kenya’s coastal region were targeted in attacks by al-Shabaab militants that left more than 30 dead. One victim was found with a Bible on his back.

Deadly attacks on Christian communities in Kenya by al-Shabaab (-2.2695575, 40.90064080000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-07-14 17:00:00
Kenya’s coastal region has been frequently targeted by al-Shabaab

Deadly attacks on Christians in Kenya

Christian communities in Kenya’s coastal region were targeted in attacks by al-Shabaab militants that left more than 30 dead. One victim was found with a Bible on his back.

Buddhists launch anti-Christian campaign amid assaults in Sri Lanka (7.873053999999999, 80.77179699999999) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-07-15 17:00:00
A group from Ravana Balaya with leader Ittekande Saddhatissa Thera

Christians assaulted in Sri Lanka

A hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka has launched a four-day campaign against “Christian fundamentalism” in the country as Christians face vicious attacks...

Buddhists launch anti-Christian campaign amid assaults in Sri Lanka (7.873053999999999, 80.77179699999999) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-07-15 17:00:00
A group from Ravana Balaya with leader Ittekande Saddhatissa Thera

Christians assaulted in Sri Lanka

A hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka has launched a four-day campaign against “Christian fundamentalism” in the country as Christians face vicious attacks...

Help Christians affected by CAR violence; 27 killed in church attack (5.765277999999999, 20.67416700000001) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-07-17 12:30:00
Many displaced Christians are living in makeshift shelters

Help Christians affected by CAR violence

Barnabas needs your help to support Christians forced from their homes by violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) as the community continues to come under attack...

Help Christians affected by CAR violence; 27 killed in church attack (5.765277999999999, 20.67416700000001) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-07-17 12:30:00
Many displaced Christians are living in makeshift shelters

Help Christians affected by CAR violence

Barnabas needs your help to support Christians forced from their homes by violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) as the community continues to come under attack...

Jail for unregistered religious activity dropped from new Kazakh law (48.019573, 66.92368399999998) #Legal Issues/Legislation##News Article##Religious Freedom# 2014-07-21 11:00:00
A small church building in Kazakhstan

Jail for religious activity dropped

Proposed punishments that could have seen people jailed for leading or taking part in unregistered religious activity have been dropped from Kazakhstan’s new criminal code.

Jail for unregistered religious activity dropped from new Kazakh law (48.019573, 66.92368399999998) #Legal Issues/Legislation##News Article##Religious Freedom# 2014-07-21 11:00:00
A small church building in Kazakhstan

Jail for religious activity dropped

Proposed punishments that could have seen people jailed for leading or taking part in unregistered religious activity have been dropped from Kazakhstan’s new criminal code.

Meriam Ibrahim faces legal challenges from Muslim family in latest ordeal (13.162524296461271, 30.26707447656247) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-07-22 09:30:00
Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day in 2011

Meriam Ibrahim’s faces legal challenges

Meriam Ibrahim’s ordeal continues as her Muslim family pursues legal action in an effort to stop her from leaving Sudan after she was cleared of apostasy and adultery.

Meriam Ibrahim faces legal challenges from Muslim family in latest ordeal (13.162524296461271, 30.26707447656247) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-07-22 09:30:00
Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day in 2011

Meriam Ibrahim’s faces legal challenges

Meriam Ibrahim’s ordeal continues as her Muslim family pursues legal action in an effort to stop her from leaving Sudan after she was cleared of apostasy and adultery.

Christian teenager killed by machete in attack on church in Uganda (0.4818193, 31.055009299999938) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-07-23 10:30:00
Uganda is around 85% Christian

Teen killed in Uganda church attack

An 18-year-old Christian woman was hacked to death and a one-year-old baby injured in a savage attack by Muslims during an overnight prayer meeting at a church in Uganda.

Christian teenager killed by machete in attack on church in Uganda (0.4818193, 31.055009299999938) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-07-23 10:30:00
Uganda is around 85% Christian

Teen killed in Uganda church attack

An 18-year-old Christian woman was hacked to death and a one-year-old baby injured in a savage attack by Muslims during an overnight prayer meeting at a church in Uganda.

Help desperate Christians forced from Mosul by Islamist death threat (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-07-23 11:30:00
Christian properties in Mosul have been marked with the Arabic letter “N” and seized

Help Christians forced to flee Mosul

The last remaining Christians of Mosul have been running for their lives after the Islamist militants who control the Iraqi city threatened to kill them if they did not convert....

Help desperate Christians forced from Mosul by Islamist death threat (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-07-23 11:30:00
Christian properties in Mosul have been marked with the Arabic letter “N” and seized

Help Christians forced to flee Mosul

The last remaining Christians of Mosul have been running for their lives after the Islamist militants who control the Iraqi city threatened to kill them if they did not convert....

Stand with Mosul’s terrorised, targeted and displaced Christians today (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News Article# 2014-07-25 16:30:00
Christian properties in Mosul have been marked with the Arabic letter “N” and seized

Stand with Mosul’s Christians

Mosul’s Christians have been told to “convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax of subjugation or die”. They are being robbed of all they own as they run for their lives. Their properties have...

Stand with Mosul’s terrorised, targeted and displaced Christians today (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News Article# 2014-07-25 16:30:00
Christian properties in Mosul have been marked with the Arabic letter “N” and seized

Stand with Mosul’s Christians

Mosul’s Christians have been told to “convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax of subjugation or die”. They are being robbed of all they own as they run for their lives. Their properties have...

Meriam Ibrahim and family finally escape Sudan, arrive in Italy (13.162524296461271, 30.26707447656247) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-07-26 16:00:00
Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day in 2011

Meriam Ibrahim arrives in Italy

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who was cleared of apostasy and adultery, has arrived safely in Italy with her family.

Meriam Ibrahim and family finally escape Sudan, arrive in Italy (13.162524296461271, 30.26707447656247) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-07-26 16:00:00
Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day in 2011

Meriam Ibrahim arrives in Italy

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who was cleared of apostasy and adultery, has arrived safely in Italy with her family.

Church attacks, actions by the authorities rock Christian communities in India (20.2960587, 85.82453980000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-08-01 11:00:00
Churches in parts of India are greatly at risk of attack by Hindu extremists

Church attacked in India

A church in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was attacked by Hindu extremists on 16 July, while in Madhya Pradesh, a Christian school...

Church attacks, actions by the authorities rock Christian communities in India (20.2960587, 85.82453980000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-08-01 11:00:00
Churches in parts of India are greatly at risk of attack by Hindu extremists

Church attacked in India

A church in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was attacked by Hindu extremists on 16 July, while in Madhya Pradesh, a Christian school...

Desperate Christians displaced from Mosul cry out for help (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2014-08-01 12:45:00
Barnabas has been feeding needy Christians in Iraq for many years

Mosul’s displaced Christians cry out

Terrorised Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee Mosul with nothing are in desperate need of essentials as ISIS tightens its destructive grip on...

Desperate Christians displaced from Mosul cry out for help (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2014-08-01 12:45:00
Barnabas has been feeding needy Christians in Iraq for many years

Mosul’s displaced Christians cry out

Terrorised Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee Mosul with nothing are in desperate need of essentials as ISIS tightens its destructive grip on...

200,000 Iraqi Christians flee violent ISIS takeover of Nineveh region – will you help? (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-08-07 16:14:00
A displaced Iraqi Christian child sleeps in Duhok

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians flee

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians face an unprecedented humanitarian crisis after fleeing from ISIS militants who advanced overnight into Christian towns and...

200,000 Iraqi Christians flee violent ISIS takeover of Nineveh region – will you help? (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-08-07 16:14:00
A displaced Iraqi Christian child sleeps in Duhok

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians flee

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians face an unprecedented humanitarian crisis after fleeing from ISIS militants who advanced overnight into Christian towns and...

Iranian pastor charged with "waging war against God" (37.472778, 49.462222) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-08-15 11:20:00
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Iranian pastor charged with "war against God"

Iranian pastor Matthias Haghnejad has been charged with enmity against God, a crime that can be punishable by death...

Iranian pastor charged with "waging war against God" (37.472778, 49.462222) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-08-15 11:20:00
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Iranian pastor charged with "war against God"

Iranian pastor Matthias Haghnejad has been charged with enmity against God, a crime that can be punishable by death...

30,000 displaced Iraqi Christians now receiving aid through Barnabas (36.191111, 44.009166999999934) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2014-08-15 12:14:00
Displaced Iraqi Christian children sleep in a public hall on mattresses and blankets from Barnabas Fund

Barnabas helping 30,000 Iraqi Christians

Due to your prompt and generous response to our appeal, Barnabas Fund can now provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to at least 30,000 displaced Iraqi Christians.

30,000 displaced Iraqi Christians now receiving aid through Barnabas (36.191111, 44.009166999999934) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2014-08-15 12:14:00
Displaced Iraqi Christian children sleep in a public hall on mattresses and blankets from Barnabas Fund

Barnabas helping 30,000 Iraqi Christians

Due to your prompt and generous response to our appeal, Barnabas Fund can now provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to at least 30,000 displaced Iraqi Christians.

Editorial: Is the international response too little, too late for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians? (32.633025513987235, 43.679291000000035) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-08-15 13:00:00
Thousands of Iraqis flee from the town of Sinjar to Erbil and Dohuk

Christians in Iraq face a bleak future

In the year 363 AD, a very holy man by the name of Mattai, fleeing persecution under the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate...

Editorial: Is the international response too little, too late for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians? (32.633025513987235, 43.679291000000035) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-08-15 13:00:00
Thousands of Iraqis flee from the town of Sinjar to Erbil and Dohuk

Christians in Iraq face a bleak future

In the year 363 AD, a very holy man by the name of Mattai, fleeing persecution under the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate...

Brutal Boko Haram attack on predominantly Christian area claims 100 lives in northeast Nigeria (11.0897215, 13.688376500000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-08-15 13:30:00
Map showing the location of Borno state, Northern Nigeria

Boko Haram attack claims 100 lives

The predominantly Christian area of Gwoza in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, is under siege by suspected Boko Haram militants, who have rampaged through villages over the last two weeks...

Brutal Boko Haram attack on predominantly Christian area claims 100 lives in northeast Nigeria (11.0897215, 13.688376500000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-08-15 13:30:00
Map showing the location of Borno state, Northern Nigeria

Boko Haram attack claims 100 lives

The predominantly Christian area of Gwoza in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, is under siege by suspected Boko Haram militants, who have rampaged through villages over the last two weeks...

Five Christians accused of murder in Laos found not guilty (20.7494444, 104.17083330000003) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-08-21 10:15:00
Village-in-Laos-4X3.jpg

Christians cleared of murder charges in Laos

A group of Christians in Laos who were falsely accused of murder have been found not guilty.

Five Christians accused of murder in Laos found not guilty (20.7494444, 104.17083330000003) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-08-21 10:15:00
Village-in-Laos-4X3.jpg

Christians cleared of murder charges in Laos

A group of Christians in Laos who were falsely accused of murder have been found not guilty.

“You can help,” say church leaders in war-ravaged South Sudan (4.8356319214627765, 31.580773925781273) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-08-21 11:30:00
Senior South Sudanese church leaders met for a conference convened by Barnabas

Help Christians in war-ravaged South Sudan

The message from senior South Sudanese church leaders is one of desperate crisis and need – and a united, loving response.

“You can help,” say church leaders in war-ravaged South Sudan (4.8356319214627765, 31.580773925781273) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-08-21 11:30:00
Senior South Sudanese church leaders met for a conference convened by Barnabas

Help Christians in war-ravaged South Sudan

The message from senior South Sudanese church leaders is one of desperate crisis and need – and a united, loving response.

Indian Christian women arrested following false accusations of forced conversions (15.3172775, 75.71388839999997) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-08-21 12:30:00
Indian Christians praying. In parts of India, Christians are under threat from militant Hindu nationalists

Indian Christian women arrested

Four Christian women were arrested in the Indian state of Karnataka after visiting the home of a non-Christian family.

Indian Christian women arrested following false accusations of forced conversions (15.3172775, 75.71388839999997) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-08-21 12:30:00
Indian Christians praying. In parts of India, Christians are under threat from militant Hindu nationalists

Indian Christian women arrested

Four Christian women were arrested in the Indian state of Karnataka after visiting the home of a non-Christian family.

Displaced Iraqi Christians die in miserable conditions (36.86916557911848, 43.006403808593745) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Attacks on Property# 2014-08-21 15:30:00
More than 1.2 million Iraqis have reportedly been driven from their homes

Displaced Iraqi Christians die

Reports have emerged that Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamist militants are beginning to die in crowded camps and other temporary places of refuge.

Displaced Iraqi Christians die in miserable conditions (36.86916557911848, 43.006403808593745) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs##Attacks on Property# 2014-08-21 15:30:00
More than 1.2 million Iraqis have reportedly been driven from their homes

Displaced Iraqi Christians die

Reports have emerged that Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamist militants are beginning to die in crowded camps and other temporary places of refuge.

Sri Lankan court suspends deportation of persecuted Pakistanis (7.600896405759572, 80.63996106249999) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-08-28 16:30:00
Christians in Pakistan are vulnerable to violence and false accusations of blasphemy; some have fled to Sri Lanka

Deportation of Pakistani refugees halted

The Sri Lankan Court of Appeal has suspended the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers, who are mainly Christians and members of other persecuted religious minorities...

Sri Lankan court suspends deportation of persecuted Pakistanis (7.600896405759572, 80.63996106249999) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-08-28 16:30:00
Christians in Pakistan are vulnerable to violence and false accusations of blasphemy; some have fled to Sri Lanka

Deportation of Pakistani refugees halted

The Sri Lankan Court of Appeal has suspended the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers, who are mainly Christians and members of other persecuted religious minorities...

Editorial: The Two Faces of Islam (34.391623359454535, 40.866791000000035) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-08-29 13:00:00
Dr Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria

Editorial: The Two Faces of Islam

Last month I was in Damascus. I had the great privilege of meeting Dr Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria.

Editorial: The Two Faces of Islam (34.391623359454535, 40.866791000000035) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-08-29 13:00:00
Dr Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria

Editorial: The Two Faces of Islam

Last month I was in Damascus. I had the great privilege of meeting Dr Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria.

Nepali pastor released after two years in prison (27.322396932244583, 87.21344146093747) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-09-03 14:30:00
Recent growth of Christianity in Nepal has created tension with other religious communities

Nepali pastor freed from prison

On 17 July, the Nepali authorities released a Christian pastor who had been incarcerated for almost two years after being arrested for eating beef.

Nepali pastor released after two years in prison (27.322396932244583, 87.21344146093747) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-09-03 14:30:00
Recent growth of Christianity in Nepal has created tension with other religious communities

Nepali pastor freed from prison

On 17 July, the Nepali authorities released a Christian pastor who had been incarcerated for almost two years after being arrested for eating beef.

Sri Lankan court reinstates deportation of persecuted Pakistanis (7.478368809577895, 80.62348157031249) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-09-03 16:00:00
Pakistani believers at risk of anti-Christian violence may be forced to flee the country

Sri Lanka to deport asylum seekers

On Monday (1 September), a Sri Lankan court gave permission for the authorities to proceed with the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers, including Christians, from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan court reinstates deportation of persecuted Pakistanis (7.478368809577895, 80.62348157031249) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-09-03 16:00:00
Pakistani believers at risk of anti-Christian violence may be forced to flee the country

Sri Lanka to deport asylum seekers

On Monday (1 September), a Sri Lankan court gave permission for the authorities to proceed with the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers, including Christians, from Sri Lanka.

ISIS expands territory in the Middle East, aims to eliminate Christian presence (36.191111, 44.009166999999934) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-09-04 11:30:00
Displaced Iraqi Christians attending a worship service in northern Kurdistan

ISIS expands territory

The Islamist militant group ISIS is widening its control of territory in the Middle East.

ISIS expands territory in the Middle East, aims to eliminate Christian presence (36.191111, 44.009166999999934) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-09-04 11:30:00
Displaced Iraqi Christians attending a worship service in northern Kurdistan

ISIS expands territory

The Islamist militant group ISIS is widening its control of territory in the Middle East.

Displaced Iraqi Christians fed and cared for through Barnabas Fund (36.19111100000001, 43.984447761718684) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2014-09-05 12:14:00
Displaced Christians gathered together in a church hall where they are receiving emergency aid from Barnabas Fund

Barnabas cares for displaced Iraqis

Thanks to the generosity of Barnabas Fund supporters, tens of thousands of displaced Christians in northern Iraq are being assisted through four local partner organisations...

Displaced Iraqi Christians fed and cared for through Barnabas Fund (36.19111100000001, 43.984447761718684) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2014-09-05 12:14:00
Displaced Christians gathered together in a church hall where they are receiving emergency aid from Barnabas Fund

Barnabas cares for displaced Iraqis

Thanks to the generosity of Barnabas Fund supporters, tens of thousands of displaced Christians in northern Iraq are being assisted through four local partner organisations...

Christian and other minority women raped in Iraq prison by ISIS militants (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-09-15 15:30:00
Iraqi Christian women are at great risk from ISIS

Christian prisoners raped by ISIS

Reports have emerged that Christian women who are being held captive in Mosul’s Badush prison by ISIS have been given the option either to convert to the group's brand of Islam...

Christian and other minority women raped in Iraq prison by ISIS militants (36.34, 43.129999999999995) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-09-15 15:30:00
Iraqi Christian women are at great risk from ISIS

Christian prisoners raped by ISIS

Reports have emerged that Christian women who are being held captive in Mosul’s Badush prison by ISIS have been given the option either to convert to the group's brand of Islam...

Four million people in Christian-majority South Sudan face extreme hunger – will you help? (4.851368372501672, 31.60205993652346) #Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest##Project Update##News/Appeal# 2014-09-18 10:00:00
It is expected that around 250,000 children in South Sudan will be severely undernourished by the end of this month

Millions face extreme hunger in South Sudan

Nearly four million people in Christian-majority South Sudan are facing “dangerous levels” of hunger as violence, crop failure and disease rack their nation.

Four million people in Christian-majority South Sudan face extreme hunger – will you help? (4.851368372501672, 31.60205993652346) #Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest##Project Update##News/Appeal# 2014-09-18 10:00:00
It is expected that around 250,000 children in South Sudan will be severely undernourished by the end of this month

Millions face extreme hunger in South Sudan

Nearly four million people in Christian-majority South Sudan are facing “dangerous levels” of hunger as violence, crop failure and disease rack their nation.

Boko Haram seizes Christian town, declares Islamic caliphate as anti-Christian attacks in Nigeria increase (9.3250497, 12.438058100000035) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-09-18 15:30:00
Nigerian Christians in Northern and Middle Belt states suffer violent attacks by Islamists

Boko Haram seizes Christian town

Boko Haram has seized a predominantly Christian town in Adamawa state in an attempt to expand the territory it holds in Northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram seizes Christian town, declares Islamic caliphate as anti-Christian attacks in Nigeria increase (9.3250497, 12.438058100000035) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-09-18 15:30:00
Nigerian Christians in Northern and Middle Belt states suffer violent attacks by Islamists

Boko Haram seizes Christian town

Boko Haram has seized a predominantly Christian town in Adamawa state in an attempt to expand the territory it holds in Northern Nigeria.

Editorial: The War of the Cross (34.40068874346732, 40.97802757226566) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-09-19 10:00:00
ISIS militants

Editorial: The War of the Cross

When ISIS changed its name in June from “the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” to simply “the Islamic State” this was a shift of enormous theological and eschatological significance.

Editorial: The War of the Cross (34.40068874346732, 40.97802757226566) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-09-19 10:00:00
ISIS militants

Editorial: The War of the Cross

When ISIS changed its name in June from “the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” to simply “the Islamic State” this was a shift of enormous theological and eschatological significance.

Christians detained by Saudi religious police in raid on private home (28.416667, 48.5) #Actions by the Authorities##News Article##Religious Freedom# 2014-09-24 16:00:00
Mecca is Islam’s holiest city and is located in Saudi Arabia

Christians arrested by Saudi religious police

The Saudi religious police arrested and detained overnight at least 27 people accused of practising Christianity in a house church.

Christians detained by Saudi religious police in raid on private home (28.416667, 48.5) #Actions by the Authorities##News Article##Religious Freedom# 2014-09-24 16:00:00
Mecca is Islam’s holiest city and is located in Saudi Arabia

Christians arrested by Saudi religious police

The Saudi religious police arrested and detained overnight at least 27 people accused of practising Christianity in a house church.

Textbooks in Turkish schools negative to Armenian Christians (40.069099, 45.03818899999999) #Actions by the Authorities##News Article# 2014-09-24 17:00:00
Armenian Christians being marched by Turkish soldiers during the Armenian Genocide

Turkish school textbooks against Christians

Some textbooks being used for the current school year in Turkey contain negatively biased remarks about Christians in relation to the Armenian Genocide.

Textbooks in Turkish schools negative to Armenian Christians (40.069099, 45.03818899999999) #Actions by the Authorities##News Article# 2014-09-24 17:00:00
Armenian Christians being marched by Turkish soldiers during the Armenian Genocide

Turkish school textbooks against Christians

Some textbooks being used for the current school year in Turkey contain negatively biased remarks about Christians in relation to the Armenian Genocide.

Displaced Christians return to their homes in Mali (16.7665887, -3.002561499999956) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest##News Article# 2014-09-26 11:57:00
A rural church in southern Mali, where Barnabas Fund has supported displaced Christians

Malian Christians return home

Many Christians who were driven from northern Mali by Islamist rebels have begun to return to their homes in the region, which was liberated by French troops in early 2013.

Displaced Christians return to their homes in Mali (16.7665887, -3.002561499999956) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest##News Article# 2014-09-26 11:57:00
A rural church in southern Mali, where Barnabas Fund has supported displaced Christians

Malian Christians return home

Many Christians who were driven from northern Mali by Islamist rebels have begun to return to their homes in the region, which was liberated by French troops in early 2013.

Help forgotten flood-affected Christians in Pakistan (33.598394, 73.04413520000003) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2014-09-26 12:00:00
Christians in the Rawalpindi area survey the flood damage to their property

Help Pakistani Christian flood victims

Will you help us bring emergency relief to Christians in Pakistan who have lost their homes in devastating floods?

Help forgotten flood-affected Christians in Pakistan (33.598394, 73.04413520000003) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2014-09-26 12:00:00
Christians in the Rawalpindi area survey the flood damage to their property

Help Pakistani Christian flood victims

Will you help us bring emergency relief to Christians in Pakistan who have lost their homes in devastating floods?

Boko Haram’s latest atrocity kills 20 in Christian area of Nigeria (11.5097479, 12.978912100000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-09-26 13:00:00
Map showing Borno state in north-east Nigeria

Boko Haram kills 20

On Wednesday (24 September), members of the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked the Christian-majority communities of Shaffa and Shindiffu in Nigeria’s Borno state, killing at least 20 people.

Boko Haram’s latest atrocity kills 20 in Christian area of Nigeria (11.5097479, 12.978912100000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-09-26 13:00:00
Map showing Borno state in north-east Nigeria

Boko Haram kills 20

On Wednesday (24 September), members of the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked the Christian-majority communities of Shaffa and Shindiffu in Nigeria’s Borno state, killing at least 20 people.

Indian High Court moves to overturn ban on non-Hindu evangelists (19.1071317, 81.95348149999995) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-09-26 13:30:00
Christians in some Indian villages are suffering increasing attacks from Hindu extremists

Indian court opposes anti-Christian ban

In a positive move for Christians, the Bilaspur High Court in India has been persuaded by Christian organisations to oppose a ban preventing non-Hindu religious missionaries...

Indian High Court moves to overturn ban on non-Hindu evangelists (19.1071317, 81.95348149999995) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-09-26 13:30:00
Christians in some Indian villages are suffering increasing attacks from Hindu extremists

Indian court opposes anti-Christian ban

In a positive move for Christians, the Bilaspur High Court in India has been persuaded by Christian organisations to oppose a ban preventing non-Hindu religious missionaries...

ISIS destroys Armenian Genocide memorial church in Syria (35.3251329, 40.13749640000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-02 10:00:00
Holy Martyrs Church in Deir al-Zour was targeted by ISIS

Syrian church destroyed by ISIS

Militants from the Islamist group ISIS have destroyed a church in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zour that memorialised the Armenian Genocide...

ISIS destroys Armenian Genocide memorial church in Syria (35.3251329, 40.13749640000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-02 10:00:00
Holy Martyrs Church in Deir al-Zour was targeted by ISIS

Syrian church destroyed by ISIS

Militants from the Islamist group ISIS have destroyed a church in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zour that memorialised the Armenian Genocide...

Bhutanese court sentences two Christian pastors to imprisonment (27.4727924, 89.63928629999998) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-02 10:30:00
Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan

Bhutanese pastors given prison sentences

Two pastors in Bhutan have been given prison sentences: one for accepting unauthorised funds from Christian organisations abroad, and the other for organising a worship meeting...

Bhutanese court sentences two Christian pastors to imprisonment (27.4727924, 89.63928629999998) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-02 10:30:00
Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan

Bhutanese pastors given prison sentences

Two pastors in Bhutan have been given prison sentences: one for accepting unauthorised funds from Christian organisations abroad, and the other for organising a worship meeting...

Sri Lankan Supreme Court dismisses case for Pakistani Christians (7.5781173, 79.79491389999998) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-02 11:00:00
Christians living in Pakistan are often subject to violence; many flee to escape persecution

Sri Lankan court rules on deportations

A new case brought by human rights advocates to halt the deportation from Sri Lanka of Pakistani asylum-seekers has been dismissed by the country’s Supreme Court.

Sri Lankan Supreme Court dismisses case for Pakistani Christians (7.5781173, 79.79491389999998) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-02 11:00:00
Christians living in Pakistan are often subject to violence; many flee to escape persecution

Sri Lankan court rules on deportations

A new case brought by human rights advocates to halt the deportation from Sri Lanka of Pakistani asylum-seekers has been dismissed by the country’s Supreme Court.

Christian villages in northern Iraq freed from ISIS (36.229574, 42.2362435) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##News Article# 2014-10-02 15:14:00
Christians fleeing the violence of ISIS, northern Iraq

Iraqi Christian villages liberated

At least seven Christian villages in northern Iraq have been liberated following a push by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim captured territories captured by ISIS...

Christian villages in northern Iraq freed from ISIS (36.229574, 42.2362435) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##News Article# 2014-10-02 15:14:00
Christians fleeing the violence of ISIS, northern Iraq

Iraqi Christian villages liberated

At least seven Christian villages in northern Iraq have been liberated following a push by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim captured territories captured by ISIS...

A harvest thanksgiving to feed Christians in Iraq and Syria (34.759685443779716, 40.820385261718684) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2014-10-03 10:14:00
A congregation in Kirkuk, Iraq, shares a meal with displaced Iraqi Christians

Help feed Christians in the Middle East

Why not donate your harvest offering to hungry Christians in Iraq and Syria?

A harvest thanksgiving to feed Christians in Iraq and Syria (34.759685443779716, 40.820385261718684) #Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2014-10-03 10:14:00
A congregation in Kirkuk, Iraq, shares a meal with displaced Iraqi Christians

Help feed Christians in the Middle East

Why not donate your harvest offering to hungry Christians in Iraq and Syria?

Uzbek police raid Christians’ homes in search of religious literature (40.084444, 65.37916700000005) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-08 10:00:00
It can be costly to own religious literature in Uzbekistan

Christian homes raided in Uzbekistan

A Christian man in Uzbekistan has been given a large fine and threatened with further punishment after religious literature was seized from his home in a raid by the authorities.

Uzbek police raid Christians’ homes in search of religious literature (40.084444, 65.37916700000005) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-08 10:00:00
It can be costly to own religious literature in Uzbekistan

Christian homes raided in Uzbekistan

A Christian man in Uzbekistan has been given a large fine and threatened with further punishment after religious literature was seized from his home in a raid by the authorities.

Sri Lankan pastor attacked by masked men; local authorities threaten to demolish church premises (7.7853051, 81.4278984) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-09 09:30:00
Christians in Sri Lanka sometimes face harassment and violence from Buddhist extremists

Masked men assault Sri Lankan pastor

A church service in Sri Lanka was disrupted by a mob on 7 September, one week after a brutal attack on the church’s pastor and his family left several people injured.

Sri Lankan pastor attacked by masked men; local authorities threaten to demolish church premises (7.7853051, 81.4278984) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-09 09:30:00
Christians in Sri Lanka sometimes face harassment and violence from Buddhist extremists

Masked men assault Sri Lankan pastor

A church service in Sri Lanka was disrupted by a mob on 7 September, one week after a brutal attack on the church’s pastor and his family left several people injured.

Seven Christians detained in Laos after meeting for worship (16.55, 104.75) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-09 10:00:00
Christian converts in Laos may be expelled from their villages if they do not give up their faith

Lao Christians arrested after worship meeting

Seven Christians, including a church leader, were arrested in Savannakhet province, Laos on 28 September after meeting together for worship.

Seven Christians detained in Laos after meeting for worship (16.55, 104.75) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-09 10:00:00
Christian converts in Laos may be expelled from their villages if they do not give up their faith

Lao Christians arrested after worship meeting

Seven Christians, including a church leader, were arrested in Savannakhet province, Laos on 28 September after meeting together for worship.

Meriam Ibrahim’s lawyers to challenge legality of apostasy convictions in Sudan (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-09 10:10:00
Meriam in prison with her son, Martin, and newborn daughter, Maya

Sudan’s apostasy law challenged

The lawyers in Sudan representing Meriam Ibrahim are planning to take her case to the country’s Constitutional Court.

Meriam Ibrahim’s lawyers to challenge legality of apostasy convictions in Sudan (15.5006544, 32.55989939999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-09 10:10:00
Meriam in prison with her son, Martin, and newborn daughter, Maya

Sudan’s apostasy law challenged

The lawyers in Sudan representing Meriam Ibrahim are planning to take her case to the country’s Constitutional Court.

Editorial: Murder, mischief, and the killing of Alan Henning (34.40068874346732, 40.97802757226566) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-10-09 14:00:00
IS militants

Editorial: The killing of Alan Henning

Last week the world received the tragic news of the beheading of kind-hearted British taxi-driver, Alan Henning, who had courageously and sacrificially travelled to Syria...

Editorial: Murder, mischief, and the killing of Alan Henning (34.40068874346732, 40.97802757226566) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-10-09 14:00:00
IS militants

Editorial: The killing of Alan Henning

Last week the world received the tragic news of the beheading of kind-hearted British taxi-driver, Alan Henning, who had courageously and sacrificially travelled to Syria...

Boko Haram attacks Christians in northern Cameroon (10.633333, 13.399999999999977) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-09 15:15:00
Cameroonian Christians at a Barnabas-funded training event

Boko Haram attacks Christians in Cameroon

At least nine Christians have been killed by Boko Haram militants as the Islamist group, which has killed thousands of people in Nigeria, has been...

Boko Haram attacks Christians in northern Cameroon (10.633333, 13.399999999999977) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-09 15:15:00
Cameroonian Christians at a Barnabas-funded training event

Boko Haram attacks Christians in Cameroon

At least nine Christians have been killed by Boko Haram militants as the Islamist group, which has killed thousands of people in Nigeria, has been...

Christians silent victims of alarming food shortages in Egypt – will you help? (30.075673495836796, 31.24664753203126) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-10-09 15:30:00
Barnabas Fund is feeding thousands of Egyptian Christians

Egyptian Christians suffer food shortages

Food is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many of Egypt’s Christians, most of whom are among the poorest in society. But their plight remains largely under-reported.

Christians silent victims of alarming food shortages in Egypt – will you help? (30.075673495836796, 31.24664753203126) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-10-09 15:30:00
Barnabas Fund is feeding thousands of Egyptian Christians

Egyptian Christians suffer food shortages

Food is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many of Egypt’s Christians, most of whom are among the poorest in society. But their plight remains largely under-reported.

Blasphemy case against 55 Pakistani Christians discharged (33.910475, 72.48673080000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-13 15:00:00
Christians in Pakistan are particularly vulnerable to false accusations of blasphemy

Blasphemy case dropped in Pakistan

Charges against 55 Pakistani Christians who were falsely accused of blasphemy have been dropped after a written compromise was agreed between the Muslim accuser and the believers involved.

Blasphemy case against 55 Pakistani Christians discharged (33.910475, 72.48673080000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-13 15:00:00
Christians in Pakistan are particularly vulnerable to false accusations of blasphemy

Blasphemy case dropped in Pakistan

Charges against 55 Pakistani Christians who were falsely accused of blasphemy have been dropped after a written compromise was agreed between the Muslim accuser and the believers involved.

Nepal’s Prime Minister makes religious freedom pledge (27.7, 85.33333300000004) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-15 11:30:00
A Christian gathering in Nepal

Nepal PM pledges religious freedom

In a welcome move for Christians, the Prime Minister of Nepal has made a public commitment that religious freedom will be upheld in the country’s long-awaited constitution.

Nepal’s Prime Minister makes religious freedom pledge (27.7, 85.33333300000004) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-15 11:30:00
A Christian gathering in Nepal

Nepal PM pledges religious freedom

In a welcome move for Christians, the Prime Minister of Nepal has made a public commitment that religious freedom will be upheld in the country’s long-awaited constitution.

Two Christians killed, three injured in Philippines church attack (8.496129999999999, 123.30340619999993) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-15 12:45:00
A church in the Philippines

Philippines church attack kills two

A grenade attack on a church in the southern Philippines on 8 October has left two Christians dead and three injured.

Two Christians killed, three injured in Philippines church attack (8.496129999999999, 123.30340619999993) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-15 12:45:00
A church in the Philippines

Philippines church attack kills two

A grenade attack on a church in the southern Philippines on 8 October has left two Christians dead and three injured.

Deadly Boko Haram attack kills 17 Christians in Cameroon (10.633333, 13.399999999999977) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-10-16 10:15:00
Barnabas Fund has been supporting Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

Boko Haram kills 17 Christians in Cameroon

A further bloody attack by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted two villages in northern Cameroon, killing 17 Christians...

Deadly Boko Haram attack kills 17 Christians in Cameroon (10.633333, 13.399999999999977) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-10-16 10:15:00
Barnabas Fund has been supporting Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

Boko Haram kills 17 Christians in Cameroon

A further bloody attack by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted two villages in northern Cameroon, killing 17 Christians...

Four kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls escape Boko Haram in Cameroon (11.5097479, 12.978912100000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-16 11:00:00
The kidnappings sparked a widespread campaign for the girls’ release

Four kidnapped girls escape Boko Haram

Four Christian schoolgirls who were seized by Boko Haram six months ago have escaped from a camp run by the Islamist group in Cameroon.

Four kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls escape Boko Haram in Cameroon (11.5097479, 12.978912100000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2014-10-16 11:00:00
The kidnappings sparked a widespread campaign for the girls’ release

Four kidnapped girls escape Boko Haram

Four Christian schoolgirls who were seized by Boko Haram six months ago have escaped from a camp run by the Islamist group in Cameroon.

Breaking news: Aasia Bibi’s appeal against death sentence rejected (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-16 16:30:00
Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009

Aasia Bibi appeal rejected

Barnabas Fund has today received the sad news that the appeal made by Pakistani Christian mother Aasia Bibi against her conviction...

Breaking news: Aasia Bibi’s appeal against death sentence rejected (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-16 16:30:00
Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009

Aasia Bibi appeal rejected

Barnabas Fund has today received the sad news that the appeal made by Pakistani Christian mother Aasia Bibi against her conviction...

Pakistani Christians protest police inaction over shoes showing cross (33.910475, 72.48673080000003) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-17 09:00:00
Shoes printed with the Christian cross

Pakistani Christians protest offensive footwear

Christians in Pakistan held demonstrations earlier this month after police failed to take action over shoes incorporating the Christian cross on the sole...

Pakistani Christians protest police inaction over shoes showing cross (33.910475, 72.48673080000003) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-17 09:00:00
Shoes printed with the Christian cross

Pakistani Christians protest offensive footwear

Christians in Pakistan held demonstrations earlier this month after police failed to take action over shoes incorporating the Christian cross on the sole...

Help prevent displaced Iraqi Christians from dying in freezing winter (34.40068874346732, 40.97802757226566) #News/Appeal# 2014-10-17 13:00:00
Iraqi Christians

Help keep Iraqi Christians warm

As winter approaches, hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqi Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan are living in fear of a silent killer: the freezing winter cold...

Help prevent displaced Iraqi Christians from dying in freezing winter (34.40068874346732, 40.97802757226566) #News/Appeal# 2014-10-17 13:00:00
Iraqi Christians

Help keep Iraqi Christians warm

As winter approaches, hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqi Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan are living in fear of a silent killer: the freezing winter cold...

Speak out for condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi as she appeals to Supreme Court (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-21 16:35:00
Aasia’s appeal against the death penalty was rejected on 16 October

Aasia Bibi case to go to Supreme Court

Lawyers for condemned Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi say they are planning to take her case to the country’s Supreme Court...

Speak out for condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi as she appeals to Supreme Court (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-21 16:35:00
Aasia’s appeal against the death penalty was rejected on 16 October

Aasia Bibi case to go to Supreme Court

Lawyers for condemned Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi say they are planning to take her case to the country’s Supreme Court...

Christians detained after worship meeting released in Laos (16.55, 104.75) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-23 10:00:00
Christians in rural villages in Laos may face harassment from local authorities

Detained Christians released in Laos

Six Christians who were arrested after meeting for worship in Laos were released on 3 October, while a church leader detained with them remained in custody weeks later.

Christians detained after worship meeting released in Laos (16.55, 104.75) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-23 10:00:00
Christians in rural villages in Laos may face harassment from local authorities

Detained Christians released in Laos

Six Christians who were arrested after meeting for worship in Laos were released on 3 October, while a church leader detained with them remained in custody weeks later.

Five kidnapped Syrian Christians released by Islamists, others still held (34.313456, 36.92418900000007) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-10-23 12:15:00
Christians in the town of Saddad were also attacked by members of the al-Nusra Front

Islamists release five Syrian Christians

A church leader and four Christian women who were among around 21 believers kidnapped in north-west Syria earlier this month have been released by Islamist militants.

Five kidnapped Syrian Christians released by Islamists, others still held (34.313456, 36.92418900000007) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2014-10-23 12:15:00
Christians in the town of Saddad were also attacked by members of the al-Nusra Front

Islamists release five Syrian Christians

A church leader and four Christian women who were among around 21 believers kidnapped in north-west Syria earlier this month have been released by Islamist militants.

Cuban pastor and wife harassed by authorities (22.492222, -79.54583300000002) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-24 11:00:00
The interior of a church in Cuba

Wife of Cuban pastor arrested

The wife of a Cuban pastor and religious freedom activist was arrested on 16 October and told to stop having contact with “counter-revolutionary elements”...

Cuban pastor and wife harassed by authorities (22.492222, -79.54583300000002) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2014-10-24 11:00:00
The interior of a church in Cuba

Wife of Cuban pastor arrested

The wife of a Cuban pastor and religious freedom activist was arrested on 16 October and told to stop having contact with “counter-revolutionary elements”...

Help show Christ’s love to needy, orphaned Christian children in Burma (Myanmar) (21.913965, 95.95622300000002) #News/Appeal# 2014-10-24 12:00:00
The children’s happy lives at the orphanages are worlds apart from the trauma they have known

Help support Christian orphans in Burma (Myanmar)

Displaced children from mainly Christian ethnic minorities in Burma (Myanmar) often experience unimaginable trauma and suffering in their young lives.

Help show Christ’s love to needy, orphaned Christian children in Burma (Myanmar) (21.913965, 95.95622300000002) #News/Appeal# 2014-10-24 12:00:00
The children’s happy lives at the orphanages are worlds apart from the trauma they have known

Help support Christian orphans in Burma (Myanmar)

Displaced children from mainly Christian ethnic minorities in Burma (Myanmar) often experience unimaginable trauma and suffering in their young lives.

Two believers sent to prison for distributing Christian books in Kazakhstan (52.933333, 70.20000000000005) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-24 12:50:00
A map showing the location of Kazakhstan

Kazakh Christians sent to jail

Two Christian men in Kazakhstan have been given ten-day prison terms for distributing Christian literature...

Two believers sent to prison for distributing Christian books in Kazakhstan (52.933333, 70.20000000000005) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-24 12:50:00
A map showing the location of Kazakhstan

Kazakh Christians sent to jail

Two Christian men in Kazakhstan have been given ten-day prison terms for distributing Christian literature...

Three Christian converts arrested in Iran (31.8670752, 54.27466460000005) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-10-29 09:20:00
A mosque in Esfahan city

Three Iranian converts arrested

On 27 September, three Iranian Christian converts were arrested by intelligence officers in Foolad-Shahr, Esfahan province.

Three Christian converts arrested in Iran (31.8670752, 54.27466460000005) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-10-29 09:20:00
A mosque in Esfahan city

Three Iranian converts arrested

On 27 September, three Iranian Christian converts were arrested by intelligence officers in Foolad-Shahr, Esfahan province.

Editorial: Pray for Christians who are “living in Babylon” this Saturday on the Barnabas Day of Prayer (52.4086784, -1.5083544999999958) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-29 11:00:00
Thousands of Nigerian Christians have been killed by Boko Haram

Editorial: Living in Babylon

The fires of anti-Christian persecution rage on around the world. Through most of the Middle East, and in large parts of Africa and Asia, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer...

Editorial: Pray for Christians who are “living in Babylon” this Saturday on the Barnabas Day of Prayer (52.4086784, -1.5083544999999958) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-29 11:00:00
Thousands of Nigerian Christians have been killed by Boko Haram

Editorial: Living in Babylon

The fires of anti-Christian persecution rage on around the world. Through most of the Middle East, and in large parts of Africa and Asia, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer...

Hindu extremists attack Christians gathered for “mediation meeting” in India (19.2260031, 81.83882970000002) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-10-29 13:30:00
Indian Christians praying

Hindu extremists attack Christians in India

Twelve Christians were injured in an assault by a group of Hindu extremists in the Bastar district of India’s Chhattisgarh state on 25 October.

Hindu extremists attack Christians gathered for “mediation meeting” in India (19.2260031, 81.83882970000002) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2014-10-29 13:30:00
Indian Christians praying

Hindu extremists attack Christians in India

Twelve Christians were injured in an assault by a group of Hindu extremists in the Bastar district of India’s Chhattisgarh state on 25 October.

Indian government will continue to deny rights to Dalit Christians (23.202955825181643, 79.49022375000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-30 14:00:00
Christian Dalits endure discrimination in education and employment

Dalit Christians in India denied rights

In a blow to Dalit Christians in India, the country’s minister for social justice has said that the new government will not grant to them or to Dalit Muslims the rights afforded...

Indian government will continue to deny rights to Dalit Christians (23.202955825181643, 79.49022375000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2014-10-30 14:00:00
Christian Dalits endure discrimination in education and employment

Dalit Christians in India denied rights

In a blow to Dalit Christians in India, the country’s minister for social justice has said that the new government will not grant to them or to Dalit Muslims the rights afforded...

Proposed law to remove restrictions on church buildings to be presented in Egypt (30.0444196, 31.23571160000006) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-30 15:00:00
The interior of a church building in Egypt

Egypt church buildings law tabled

A proposed law that could remove crippling restrictions on the building of churches in Egypt will be presented to the country’s parliament early next year...

Proposed law to remove restrictions on church buildings to be presented in Egypt (30.0444196, 31.23571160000006) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2014-10-30 15:00:00
The interior of a church building in Egypt

Egypt church buildings law tabled

A proposed law that could remove crippling restrictions on the building of churches in Egypt will be presented to the country’s parliament early next year...

Help the churches of Ebola-stricken West Africa to bring aid (7.863214699999999, -11.19571719999999) #News/Appeal# 2014-10-30 15:10:00
Kenema, one of eight badly-affected districts in Sierra Leone where Barnabas Fund is helping

Help churches bring aid to Ebola victims

As the Ebola epidemic accelerates, paralysing entire economies and societies in West Africa, churches in Sierra Leona and Liberia are springing into action to help the victims.

Help the churches of Ebola-stricken West Africa to bring aid (7.863214699999999, -11.19571719999999) #News/Appeal# 2014-10-30 15:10:00
Kenema, one of eight badly-affected districts in Sierra Leone where Barnabas Fund is helping

Help churches bring aid to Ebola victims

As the Ebola epidemic accelerates, paralysing entire economies and societies in West Africa, churches in Sierra Leona and Liberia are springing into action to help the victims.

Inauguration of Joko Widodo as Indonesia’s president welcomed by Christians (-6.817253099999999, 107.13072890000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-10-30 16:15:00
Incoming Indonesian president Joko Widodo could bring positive change for Christians

Christians welcome Indonesia’s new president

Indonesia’s new leader, political outsider Joko Widodo, was sworn in as president on 20 October in a development that has inspired...

Inauguration of Joko Widodo as Indonesia’s president welcomed by Christians (-6.817253099999999, 107.13072890000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2014-10-30 16:15:00
Incoming Indonesian president Joko Widodo could bring positive change for Christians

Christians welcome Indonesia’s new president

Indonesia’s new leader, political outsider Joko Widodo, was sworn in as president on 20 October in a development that has inspired...

 

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    • “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also,” said the Lord Jesus (John 15:20). According to the Pew Centre for Research, Christians face religious oppression in 151 of the world’s countries, whether direct or indirect. On this Barnabas Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, let us remember our brothers and sisters facing tremendous pressures of all kinds because of their faithfulness to Christ and help them with our prayers (Philippians 1:19). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 7 hours ago

    • Hardline Buddhist groups in Sri Lanka are becoming increasingly militant, and in two recent incidents Christians were hospitalised with injuries sustained in mob violence. The General Secretary of one such group, Ravana Balaya, which launched an anti-Christian campaign on 15 July, said they would “advise” Christians to halt their activities but, if the Christians failed to take heed, the group would take firmer action. Pray for Christians in Sri Lanka who face opposition from their neighbours, and ask God to protect them from further violence as they seek to maintain their witness (Acts 4:19-20). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Since General al-Sisi became President of Egypt in June, Christians in the country have felt the pressure upon them ease off somewhat. However, a convert from Islam, Bishoy Armia Boulous, previously known as Mohammed Hegazy, remains in prison. He was rearrested on 4 December 2013, charged with defaming Islam after he fi led a public lawsuit to change the religious affiliation listed on his national identification card from Muslim to Christian. Please pray that there will be genuine religious liberty for Christians from a Muslim background as well as those born into Christian families. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Lift up in prayer Christians living in Minya, Egypt whose homes were attacked on 5 August by local Muslims. The violence broke out after Muslims learned that believers in Yaacoub planned to build a new church. Opposition to construction of church buildings is one of the most common reasons behind anti-Christian attacks Scores of Egyptian churches were attacked following the removal of Mohammed Morsi by Muslims in Egypt. Restrictions on the building of churches, a cause of hardship for Christians for many years, were lifted in Egypt’s recent new constitution. Pray that the assailants will be brought to justice and that the plans for the local church building will continue. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Oct 2014 00:00

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