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Christian children’s home in India attacked by mob amid false accusations of converting children (34.0836581, 74.79736809999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-04-23 11:00:00
A violent mob forced its way inside the Christian-run children’s home

Christian children’s home attacked by mob

A Christian-run children’s home in India has been attacked by a group of Muslim extremists who beat staff and visitors and vandalised property.

Restrictions effectively criminalise Christian faith in Iran, report finds (35.648313949867735, 51.42571635134277) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2013-04-24 09:50:00
The Rev. Vruir Avanessian needs dialysis three  times a week

Iran effectively criminalises Christian faith

A new report produced by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has found that Christian activities are effectively criminalised by the Iranian authorities.

Editorial: Islamism and kidnappings point to bleak future for Syria’s Christians (34.96211878940496, 38.341956616992206) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2013-04-25 12:00:00
Displaced Christians in Syria who receive emergency relief from Barnabas Fund

Bleak future for Syria’s Christians

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, reflects on the prospects for Syrian Christians as their country continues to be torn apart by civil war.

Egyptian Christians in desperate poverty as political upheaval continues (26.820553000000007, 29.747810500000014) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-04-25 13:00:00
Many Christians in Egypt live in extreme poverty

Egyptian Christians in desperate poverty

Barnabas Fund is continuing to support impoverished and helpless Egyptian Christians with essential supplies as their country’s political crisis continues unabated.

No new licences for church buildings to be issued in Sudan (15.550101, 32.532241) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-04-30 09:30:00
The remains of a demolished church building in Khartoum

No new church licences in Sudan

A Sudanese government minister has announced that no new licences will be granted for church buildings...

Repression in Kazakhstan belies president’s claims of religious freedom (51.1666667, 71.43333329999996) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2013-05-02 09:30:00
Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, claims the country enjoys full religious freedom

Christians under pressure in Kazakhstan

Reports of raids on church services in Kazakhstan, restrictions on meetings and on sharing one’s faith, and censorship of religious literature contradict the president’s claim...

Third Christian community in 50 days attacked by Muslims in Pakistan (31.1704063, 72.70971609999992) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-05-02 11:00:00
Christian residents of Eassa Pur village, where the attack took place

Armed Muslims attack Christians in Pakistan

Christians in a village in Punjab, Pakistan were forced to evacuate their homes after they were attacked by armed Muslims who threatened to destroy their property...

Editorial: Rising tide of Islamism in North Africa threatens Christians (24.056469127399662, 18.042408218749983) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-05-02 12:00:00
Islamist rebels seized northern Mali last year

North African Islamism threatens Christians

As violent Islamism poses a growing threat to post-Arab Spring Libya, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, reflects on its growing power...

Vibrant Christian education in the birthplace of Jesus (31.705971, 35.20294200000001) #News/Appeal##Project Update# 2013-05-02 12:30:00
St Aphrem’s provides a quality Christian education in a safe environment

Christian education in Jesus’ birthplace

Barnabas Fund is privileged to support a flourishing Christian school in Beit Jala, Bethlehem, which is so popular that every year more children want to attend.

Persecuted pastor in Indonesia facing legal action after church attack (-6.572342, 107.42866000000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2013-05-03 10:00:00
Indonesian churches are vulnerable to Islamist attack and official harassment

Indonesian pastor facing legal action

A pastor in Indonesia is facing assault charges after his beleaguered church was attacked by a mob of Muslim extremists; a human rights group has supported him.

Church in Tanzania bombed during inaugural service; five killed (-3.365789, 36.67444999999998) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-05-08 09:00:00
Chaos in the aftermath of the bombing

Church bombed during inaugural service

At least five people were killed and around 60 wounded in the bombing of a new church in Tanzania during a service to mark its official opening.

Church in Bangladesh under threat amid violent Islamist protests (23.70951520412393, 90.44422162499995) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-05-10 00:00:00
Barnabas is replacing this tin shed with a brick church building

Church in Bangladesh under threat

Barnabas Fund has received requests for prayer and practical help from Christian leaders in Bangladesh as the Church is endangered by a violent uprising by Islamists...

Editorial: Do Muslims really want sharia and support religious freedom? (13.481416852136718, 58.12998535793463) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Analysis# 2013-05-10 12:00:00
Muslim mob attack on Joseph Colony in Pakistan

Editorial: Do Muslims really want sharia?

An extensive survey of Muslims conducted in 39 countries throughout the world has revealed a broad desire for the implementation of sharia law.

Iranian Christian prisoner denied urgently-needed surgery (29.6166667, 52.53333329999998) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-05-13 14:30:00
Vahid Hakkani was arrested in February 2012

Christian prisoner in critical condition

A Christian prisoner in Iran who is in a critical condition suffering internal bleeding has been denied proper medical attention.

Christian teacher accused of insulting Islam detained in Egypt (25.6872431, 32.639635699999985) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2013-05-14 09:50:00
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Christian teacher held for insulting Islam

A 24-year-old Christian teacher in Egypt detained over allegations that she defamed Islam during a school lesson has gone on hunger strike.

Good result for Christians in Indian state as Hindu nationalists lose power (15.3172775, 75.71388839999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-05-15 09:30:00
Indian Christians are frequently targeted by Hindu extremists

Hindu nationalists lose Indian state

A Hindu nationalist party, which supports extremist groups that attack and harass Christians, has lost control of Karnataka state, India, in a crushing election defeat.

Editorial: Testimonies from a war zone: Syrian Christians share their stories (34.733879, 36.718169999999986) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-05-16 12:00:00
Rubbish is piling up on the streets of some Syrian cities

Editorial: Syrian Christians share their stories

Barnabas Fund’s International Director, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, here shares first-hand accounts from Syrian Christians who he met last week in Lebanon.

Urgent need for medicines in Syria; Barnabas helping sick Christians (36.22506980552181, 37.16161298906252) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal# 2013-05-16 13:00:00
Many Christians in Syria need medical care

Urgent need for medicines in Syria

Barnabas Fund partners in Syria are reporting an urgent need for medicines as the sick struggle to get even the most basic drugs...

“Reign of terror” against Christians in Central African Republic (4.361698, 18.55597499999999) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-05-20 10:00:00
“Grave violations” are being committed against civilians in CAR

Christians targeted in Central African Republic

Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) are being targeted by Islamist militants who seized control of the country in March...

Christian killed in Egypt church attack; Christian businesses destroyed (31.1291137, 29.794429300000047) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-05-21 11:00:00
One of the incidents took place in Alexandria

Christian killed in Egypt church attack

A Christian father of three was killed and a Christian teenager left in a coma in the second of two church attacks in Egypt last week.

Obama called to act against countries that violate religious freedom (38.8938459, -77.0488484) #News Article##Religious Freedom# 2013-05-21 11:30:00
US President Barack Obama

Obama called to promote religious freedom

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has criticised the State Department’s inaction regarding countries identified as “egregious religious freedom violator[s]”...

Help and hope for persecuted Eritrean Christian refugees (16.586381767951696, 38.58696356249993) #Threats/Attacks Against People##News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update# 2013-05-23 11:00:00
Torture wounds on the arms and hands of an Eritrean Christian refugee

Help for Eritrean Christian refugees

Kidnapped. Raped. Starved. Tortured. Jailed. These are typical experiences of many Eritrean Christians who flee persecution in their homeland...

Editorial: Nigeria needs help to defeat Boko Haram (9.948803824021418, 8.675277000000051) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-05-23 12:00:00
Nigeria has deployed its armed forces in a bid to oust Boko Haram

Nigeria needs help to defeat Boko Haram

Nigerian forces have launched their biggest offensive against Boko Haram since the Islamist group’s deadly insurgency began in 2009.

Kazakh pastor held on charge of harming health (51.1666667, 71.43333329999996) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2013-05-24 14:00:00
Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan

Kazakh pastor held for harming health

A pastor in Kazakhstan has been detained on a charge of “inflicting serious harm to health” after a woman who attended his church was said to “lose her mind”.

Church in Iran closed over refusal to stop services in Farsi (35.71147959056133, 51.4025420654541) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-05-28 11:00:00
The Rev. Robert Aserian was detained on 21 May

Church in Iran closed; pastor arrested

A church in Iran that has refused to stop holding services in the national language, Farsi, has been closed following the arrest of one of its leaders.

Editorial: Government needs to speak with single voice on Islamic extremism after Woolwich murder (9.77562025077017, 7.796370750000051) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-05-31 11:00:00
David Cameron: “Nothing in Islam that justified this dreadful act”

Govt needs to face Islamic extremism

By Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund

Churches closed and pastors threatened by Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka (6.232158, 80.05711399999996) #Attacks on Property##News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-05-31 11:00:00
Buddhism is afforded the “foremost place” in Sri Lanka

Churches closed in Sri Lanka

Buddhist monks have forced the closure of 18 churches in southern Sri Lanka, threatening pastors with death if they continue their activities.

“Anti-terror” raid on home of elderly Christian woman in Uzbekistan (40.502209, 68.78259300000002) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-06-03 10:00:00
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“Anti-terror” raid on elderly Christian

Uzbek officials were said to have “acted like bandits” in an illegal raid on the home of an elderly Christian woman who has Parkinson’s disease.

Kachin peace deal offers hope to abused Christian people in Burma (25.850904, 97.43813550000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-06-05 10:00:00
Thein Sein and Barack Obama met at the White House last month

Kachin peace deal offers hope

A tentative peace deal has been reached after two years of brutal conflict in Kachin state, offering hope to the predominantly Christian people who have suffered grave abuses...

Massacre of Christian village in Syria; almost 40 people killed (34.67834830396153, 36.57320196716307) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-06-05 12:00:00
UN: "Very complicated distinction between the bad and the good rebels"

Massacre of Christian village in Syria

A Christian village in Syria was savagely attacked and almost 40 of its residents, including women and children, killed by opposition fighters...

New vocational training centre to give young Pakistani Christians a brighter future (32.107101, 74.86853799999994) #News/Appeal##Project Update# 2013-06-06 11:00:00
Pakistani Christians need opportunities to acquire trade skills

Vocational training for Pakistani Christians

Barnabas Fund is supporting an ambitious new venture in Pakistan that will give disadvantaged and impoverished Christian students the opportunity to learn sought-after trades...

Editorial: Threat of Islamist militancy spreading in West Africa (7.946527, -1.0231939999999895) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-06-06 12:45:00
John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana

Islamist militancy threat spreads in Africa

No country in West Africa is safe from the threat of Islamist militancy. This was the stark warning by Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama last week...

Jail sentence for Egyptian Christian accused of insulting Islam slammed (27.1783117, 31.185925699999984) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2013-06-10 09:50:00
Romani Murad Saad works as a lawyer in Assuit

Egyptian Christian jailed for insulting Islam

Egyptian human rights groups have condemned a jail sentence issued to a Christian lawyer for insulting Islam; they also raised concerns about the rising number of such cases...

Christian property and church leaders attacked in Bangladesh (23.9262193, 90.5453579) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom# 2013-06-11 14:00:00
Christians at the site of their church building, which was destroyed by fire in April

Christian property and church leaders attacked

A predominantly Christian village and a nearby seminary have come under attack in a wave of violence against the vulnerable Christian community in Bangladesh.

Kazakh pastor retained in custody despite appeal from “victim” (51.1666667, 71.43333329999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2013-06-17 11:00:00
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Kazakh pastor retained in custody

The Kazakh authorities are continuing to hold a pastor accused of “inflicting serious harm to health” despite the supposed victim calling for the case against him to be dropped.

Thousands of Christians return to Syrian town they were forced to flee (34.47423944309204, 36.57486188046869) #Political Change/Unrest##Religious Freedom##News Article# 2013-06-18 14:00:00
Buildings in the centre of al-Qusair have been damaged or destroyed

Christians return to Syrian town

Thousands of Syrian Christians who were driven out of their homes in al-Qusair last year have returned after government forces recaptured the town in a fierce battle...

Bomb attack on church in Kenya; pastors targeted in Tanzania (-2.1720148245506885, 35.92630174999999) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-06-19 10:00:00
Christians at worship in Tanzania

Church bomb attack; pastors targeted

At least 15 people were injured in a bomb attack on a church in Kenya, while the homes of two pastors were targeted in neighbouring Tanzania...

Editorial: What hope for Pakistani Christians under new PM Nawaz Sharif? (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #Analysis##News Article##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-06-20 10:00:00
Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Editorial: What hope for Pakistani Christians?

Nawaz Sharif has taken office as prime minister of Pakistan, his third time in the position, following his party’s victory in the general election on 11 May.

Need for church buildings in Sri Lanka amid growing Buddhist hostility (7.535552669542443, 80.48615246874999) #Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update##News/Appeal# 2013-06-20 10:45:00
Barnabas is planning to build 20 more churches in Sri Lanka

Need for church buildings in Sri Lanka

As Christians in Sri Lanka face growing hostility from Buddhist extremists, Barnabas Fund is strengthening the Church by providing new places of worship for congregations....

Retired minister killed and four churches bombed in Northern Nigeria (11.1, 13.700000000000045) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-06-24 11:00:00
Church buildings continue to be targeted in Northern Nigeria

Retired minister killed; four churches bombed

A retired minister was killed after refusing to convert to Islam as suspected Boko Haram militants attacked four churches in the hill country of Borno state in Northern Nigeria.

Case launched against police after Christian dies in custody in Pakistan (31.4635548, 74.09827710000002) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-06-24 11:15:00
Adnan Masih's funeral took place on 11 June

Pakistani Christian dies in police custody

A Christian teenager has died in police custody in Pakistan after allegedly being severely tortured for six days.

Congregation attacked in raid on church service in Sri Lanka (7.7853051, 81.4278984) #Attacks on Property##News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-06-25 10:00:00
The humble church building suffered severe damage

Church attacked in Sri Lanka

Attackers armed with clubs, knives and swords raided a church service in Sri Lanka; they beat up the pastor and worshippers and caused serious damage to the building.

Editorial: New president, new future for persecuted Iranian Christians? (32.427908, 53.688045999999986) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest##Religious Freedom# 2013-06-28 12:00:00
Hassan Rouhani won just over 50% of the vote in the presidential elections

Editorial: Iran’s new “moderate” president

IThe victory of “moderate” candidate Hassan Rouhani in the Iranian presidential elections has been hailed with optimism and expectations of change...

Refuge shelter for displaced Syrian Christians as attacks continue (36.215549, 37.15927899999997) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-06-28 12:30:00
Christians in Aleppo receiving food from Barnabas

Refuge shelter for displaced Syrian Christians

Barnabas Fund is helping to construct a refuge shelter for displaced Christians in Syria as the violence forces more families to flee their homes and targeted attacks against the community continue.

Persecuted Christian families resettled in Vietnam with government help (12.072133734728512, 107.827173565625) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2013-07-02 10:30:00
The families have been offered new land for farming

Persecuted Christian families resettled

Four severely persecuted Christian families whose homes and farms were destroyed in Vietnam have been resettled in a rare case of government intervention...

Barnabas helping needy Egyptian Christians amid latest turmoil (28.068502093076045, 29.747810500000014) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-07-04 13:00:00
Food parcels from Barnabas are handed out to needy Christians

Barnabas helping needy Egyptian Christians

As Egypt is once again rocked by instability, Barnabas Fund is continuing to stand with and help the vulnerable Christian minority, whose plight has substantially worsened...

Editorial: Revolt against Morsi shows failure of “Arab Spring” in Egypt (27.26905111915408, 29.12605259999998) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-07-04 14:00:00
Mohammad Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian army

Failure of Arab Spring in Egypt

The tumultuous events in Egypt this week that resulted yesterday (3 July) in the ousting of Islamist President Mohammad Morsi have exposed the failure of the “Arab Spring”...

Christian who runs homeless shelter in Belarus facing jail for praying (53.6666667, 23.83333330000005) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2013-07-08 11:00:00
The authorities have taken issue with a prayer room at the shelter

Christian facing jail for praying

A young Christian man who has turned his home in Belarus into a shelter for the homeless is facing up to two years’ imprisonment after being accused of leading...

Aasia Bibi facing at least two more years in Pakistani jail awaiting appeal (30.375321, 69.34511599999996) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-07-08 14:20:00
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Appeal wait continues for Asia Bibi

Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother who is languishing on death row in Pakistan, may have to wait at least another two years before the appeal against her blasphemy conviction is heard.

Christian teenager in Syria raped by 15 Islamist rebels and killed (34.52529835855555, 36.58148760624999) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-07-10 16:00:00
Christian women are extremely vulnerable in Syria

Christian teenager raped and killed

A Christian teenager in Syria was seized by Islamist rebels, forcibly married and raped by 15 different men before being killed.

Editorial: Violent backlash against Morsi’s ouster; Christians endangered (30.0444196, 31.23571160000006) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-07-11 14:00:00
Popular protests against Mohammad Morsi led to his removal

Violent backlash against Morsi’s ouster

After last week’s jubilant and triumphant scenes in Egypt on the removal of Islamist President Mohammad Morsi, the celebrations are now over and a violent backlash has begun.

Islam in Africa (7.159589629285049, 21.06125737499997) #News Article##Analysis# 2013-07-12 12:45:00
Islam in Africa

Islam in Africa

Africa is commonly considered to be a mainly Christian continent. Although the countries along the Mediterranean and north Atlantic seaboard are staunchly Muslim...

Islamist-backed party wins elections in Bangladesh, routing secularists (23.7625, 90.37850000000003) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-07-15 12:00:00
Elections for the Bangladeshi parliament are due in around six months

Islamist-backed party wins Bangladesh elections

he Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has won mayoral elections in five cities with Islamist support, routing the ruling Awami League (AL), a secular party...

Anti-conversion law amendment in Indian state threatens Christian ministers (22.9734229, 78.65689420000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-07-15 13:00:00
Christian leaders could be jailed for failing to comply with new rules

Anti-conversion law threatens Christian ministers

The Hindu nationalist government in Madhya Pradesh is seeking to strengthen the Indian state’s anti-conversion law in a move that could see Christian ministers jailed.

Kidnapped Christian man found beheaded in Egypt amid Islamist backlash (30.6084723, 33.61757699999998) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-07-16 10:00:00
Many Christians were involved in the Tamarod ("Rebel") campaign

Christian man found beheaded in Egypt

Another Christian has been killed in Egypt as the minority community continues to bear the brunt of Islamist anger following the removal of Mohammad Morsi.

Editorial: What future for the “Turkish model” after fall of Morsi? (41.038707, 28.98729800000001) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-07-18 14:00:00
Taksim Square has been the focal point for anti-government protests

What future for the “Turkish model”?

Turkey has long been touted as a successful model of an Islamist democracy. Ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi had described it as a “source of inspiration”.

Barnabas helping to dig wells in Aleppo as fighting cripples essential supplies (36.227735733856235, 37.122200142578095) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-07-18 14:30:00
Life has ground to a halt in the key battleground city of Aleppo

Barnabas digging wells in Aleppo

As the battle for Aleppo rages and the people are beset by crippling shortages of essential supplies, Barnabas is helping to dig wells in Christian areas to provide clean water...

Christian girls abducted, forced to renounce faith in Northern Nigeria (11.460077667264583, 8.125960593750051) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-07-22 10:00:00
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Christian girls abducted in Northern Nigeria

Christian girls in Northern Nigeria are being abducted, kept in the homes of Muslim leaders and forced to renounce their faith.

Christians targeted in rising violence against religious minorities in Pakistan (30.359516257184982, 68.85264160793463) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-07-23 10:00:00
Muslim mob attack on Joseph Colony in Pakistan

Christians targeted in rising violence

Concerns have been raised about increasing violence against religious minorities in Pakistan, with around one in six reported attacks being targeted at the Christian community.

Converts to Christianity endangered in Sudanese crackdown (15.60789247308263, 32.52142633325195) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-07-24 09:30:00
The remains of a demolished church building in Khartoum

Converts endangered in Sudanese crackdown

The Sudanese authorities are tracking down converts from Islam in their latest bid to rid the country of Christianity...

Editorial: The battle against political Islam is ideological (30.0451001, 31.23542759999998) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-07-25 10:00:00
Islamist parties enjoyed political success following the Arab Spring

The ideological war against political Islam

The West has been extremely reticent to associate the terrorist activity and political extremism of Islamists with the teachings of Islam...

Feed Christian families, change lives for generations in Pakistan (29.221100149838946, 69.81880200488285) #News/Appeal##Project Update##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2013-07-25 11:00:00
Nasreen Waris with three of her seven children

Feeding Christian families in Pakistan

Barnabas Fund’s food programme for Pakistani Christians is in need of further support as it expands to reach more impoverished families.

Four girls at Christian school in India abducted and gang-raped (23.4500377, 87.39595639999993) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-07-29 15:00:00
A group of Indian Christian Women praying

Christian school pupils gang-raped

Four girls were abducted from a Christian school in India and gang-raped by around 25 armed men in a case that has renewed outrage over rising sexual violence against women in the country.

Deadly attacks force Christians to flee villages in Nigeria’s Middle Belt (12.1205201, 13.174034799999959) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-07-30 17:10:00
Christians are under constant threat in Nigeria’s Middle Belt and North

Deadly attacks force Christians to flee

Thousands of Christians have fled their villages in Plateau state in Nigeria’s Middle Belt following attacks...

Editorial: Harrowing report from Barnabas partner in war-ravaged Aleppo (34.733879, 36.718169999999986) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2013-08-01 12:00:00
An injured woman clutches her face in shock and disbelief

Editorial: Syrian Christians share their stories

This week I am giving over my editorial to share with you a harrowing report I received on Tuesday (30 July) from one of our Christian partners, a doctor, in Aleppo, Syria...

Help provide food and water for Christians in embattled Aleppo (36.215549, 37.15927899999997) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-08-01 12:30:00
Barnabas partners are digging wells on church grounds in Aleppo

Help provide food and water in Aleppo

“In this context of violence, privation, desolation, suffering and despair, we continue...

Christian neighbourhood in Pakistan attacked by armed Muslim mob (31.1704063, 72.70971609999992) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-08-07 11:00:00
A man looks into the camera with a bandage on his head

Christian neighbourhood in Pakistan attacked

A Christian neighbourhood in Pakistan came under attack by a group of around 30 armed Muslims, who shot at residents and threw bricks at their houses and the local church.

Christian communities attacked in Egypt, scapegoated for Morsi’s ouster (28.2501605, 29.974053400000003) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-08-07 11:45:00
The Egyptian flag held at a march at sunset

Christian communities attacked in Egypt

Christian communities are continuing to bear the brunt of angry protests by supporters of ousted president Mohammad Morsi, with more than 20 people being injured and property destroyed in attacks on four Minya villages.

Detained Kazakh pastor launches hunger strike, appeals to UN for help (51.1666667, 71.43333329999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2013-08-08 11:00:00
Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev - a middle aged man wearing glasses

Detained Kazakh pastor launches hunger strike

A Kazakh pastor who is being detained for “inflicting serious harm to health” has launched a hunger strike and appealed to the UN to protect him from psychiatric abuse by the authorities.

Plans underway to rescue another 3,400 Christians from Sudan (4.849657906441274, 31.566011047363304) #Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update##News/Appeal# 2013-08-08 11:00:00
5 Sudanese Children of different ages stood in front of some make-shift tents

More Christians to be rescued from Sudan

Thanks to incredibly generous donations from our supporters, we are once again extending our Exodus mission; preparations are underway to rescue a further 3,400 Christians from Sudan.

Editorial: India must be held to account for disingenuous anti-conversion laws (22.9734229, 78.65689420000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation##Analysis# 2013-08-08 11:20:00
A group of Indian Christians kneel in a circle with arms raised in prayer and praise

Editorial: India’s anti-conversion laws

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...

Convert from Islam jailed for ten years for Christian activities in Iran (32.427908000000016, 54.391170999999986) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-08-12 12:00:00
Mostafa Bordbar was arrested at Christmas 2012

Convert jailed for ten years in Iran

A convert from Islam has been sentenced to ten years in jail for his Christian activities in Iran; he confessed to distributing 12,000 pocket-sized Gospels...

Children’s camp in Uzbekistan raided by riot police; youngsters questioned (39.657581, 66.94760099999996) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-08-13 10:00:00
Christian gatherings are frequently raided by the Uzbek authorities

Children’s camp raided by riot police

A Christian children’s camp in Uzbekistan was raided by 20 riot police officers along with 60 other officials...

Help Christian war widows in Sri Lanka provide for their families (7.587283944565079, 80.71686535937499) #Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update##News/Appeal# 2013-08-15 11:30:00
"I am happy that I don’t need to depend on others"

Help Christian war widows in Sri Lanka

The civil war that ravaged Sri Lanka for over 25 years left many women as widows at a young age. Barnabas is helping Christian widows to become self- sufficient.

Editorial: Buddhist nationalism posing major threat to Christians in Sri Lanka (7.574424846683324, 80.3756480232422) #News Article##Analysis##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-08-15 12:30:00
Christian gatherings in Sri Lanka are being targeted

Buddhist nationalism threatens Christians

Christians and other minorities in Sri Lanka are under growing threat from an aggressive Sinhalese Buddhist movement that is stepping up efforts to assert its supremacy...

Christian girl shot dead, churches torched by Morsi supporters in Egypt (30.1295278, 31.28888889999996) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-08-15 13:00:00
A church in Sohag set ablaze by enraged Morsi supporters

Young Christian girl killed in shooting

Supporters of ousted president Mohammad Morsi have gone on the rampage against Christians in Egypt. A ten-year-old girl was gunned down as she was walking home...

Islamist rebels attack Christian villages in CAR; at least 15 killed (5.933314, 15.593169999999986) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-08-19 13:00:00
“The Séléka rebels have left a trail of destruction in CAR

Islamists attack Christian villages in CAR

Islamist militants who seized control of the Central African Republic (CAR) in March are continuing their onslaught against the country’s Christians...

Indian state’s chief minister calls for equal rights for disadvantaged Christians (11.1271225, 78.65689420000001) #News Article##Legal Issues/Legislation##Religious Freedom# 2013-08-19 15:00:00
“Barnabas supports schooling for Christian Dalits

Equal rights for Indian Christians call

The chief minister of an Indian state has written to the country’s prime minister urging that Christian Dalits be given the same rights as their Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist counterparts...

Christians shot dead in “safe area” by rebel fighters in Syria (35.07328232015805, 38.543217393749956) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-08-20 15:00:00
This young Christian man was killed in the Wadi al-Nasara shooting

Christians targeted in Syria shooting

A volunteer with Barnabas Fund partners in Syria has been killed in a shooting by opposition fighters...

Editorial: Call for truth in reporting Muslim Brotherhood violence in Egypt (28.357342690425945, 30.00495884999998) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-08-22 12:00:00
Two Bible Society bookshops were burnt out

Call for truth in Egypt reporting

Over the past week, Egyptian Christians have been targeted with unprecedented Islamist violence...

Egyptian Christians need help and prayer after unprecedented violence (27.290186141353345, 30.099373000000014) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2013-08-22 13:00:00
Christians praying in their burnt out church in Minya

Egyptian Christians need help and prayer

Egypt’s Christians are reeling from one of the worst periods of targeted violence against them in modern history. They need urgent practical help and prayer...

Iranian convert to be sent into exile for his evangelistic activities (32.093456245844706, 54.347225687499986) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-08-27 10:00:00
Ebrahim Firouzi was said to be “propagating against the Islamic regime”

Iranian convert to be sent into exile

An Iranian convert from Islam to Christianity has been sentenced to serve a year in jail followed by two years in exile in a remote border town for his evangelistic activities.

Open letters from Barnabas to Cameron and Obama on Syria, 28 August 2013 (27.290186141353345, 30.099373000000014) #Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property##News Article# 2013-08-28 12:00:00
Marked for Destruction: Christian targets daubed with a black X

Open letters to Western leaders on Syria

Today we have written an open letter to Barack Obama View and David Cameron View reminding them of their responsibility to protect vulnerable minorities.

Marked for Destruction: Christian targets daubed with a black X (27.290186141353345, 30.099373000000014) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2013-08-28 13:00:00
Marked for Destruction: Christian targets daubed with a black X

Pray for Christians in Syria and Egypt

Christians in Syria and Egypt need help, protection and prayer

Young Christian mother kidnapped and sexually abused in Somalia (1.6366296, 44.53327539999998) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-08-29 11:30:00
African Union forces have helped to dislodge al-Shabaab from parts of Somalia

Christian kidnapped and sexually abused

Suspected al-Shabaab militants in Somalia have kidnapped and sexually abused a young Christian mother and sent threatening messages to her husband because of their faith.

Afghan MPs call for death of converts from Islam to Christianity (34.528455, 69.17170290000001) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-09-02 10:00:00
The Afghan parliament in session

Afghan MPs call for death of converts

Afghan MPs have issued threats in parliament against converts from Islam to Christianity, calling for them to be killed in accordance with sharia law.

Islamists demand removal of Christian sub-district chief in Indonesia (-6.3356736, 106.83526359999996) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-09-02 12:00:00
A protest outside the sub-district office

Islamists demand removal of Christian chief

Islamist protesters in Indonesia are demanding the removal of a new local authority chief in a Muslim-majority area of West Java because she is a Christian.

New law imposes indigenous principles on churches in Bolivia (-16.290154, -63.58865300000002) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-09-03 11:00:00
President Evo Morales has given animist practices a prominent public place

New restrictions on churches in Bolivia

Christian leaders in Bolivia are challenging a restrictive new law that imposes indigenous principles on churches as part of a requirement to re-register with the state.

Editorial: Making sense of the tumultuous events in the Middle East (27.28575661347663, 51.317825442382855) #Analysis##News Article# 2013-09-05 11:00:00
"Arab Spring" protest in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt

Making sense of the Middle East

The civil war in Syria and turbulent political changes in Egypt have frequently featured in our news bulletins over the last two-and-a-half years.

Syrian Christian leaders appeal for urgent aid – not military strike (35.67194523251542, 39.064216750000014) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-09-05 13:00:00
UNHCR said that Syria has created the worst refugee crisis for 20 years

Syrian Christian leaders appeal for aid

Christian leaders from Syria have called on Western nations to focus their efforts on providing aid to help meet the “dire need” of the suffering people.

Pray for Syria on Saturday (7 September) (34.733879, 36.718169999999986) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Humanitarian crises/needs# 2013-09-06 12:00:00
An injured woman clutches her face in shock and disbelief

Pray for Syria on Saturday (7 September)

On Saturday (7 September) Christian groups throughout the world are uniting for a day of prayer for Syria.

Church building destroyed, Christians violently attacked by Hindus in India (15.3172775, 75.71388839999997) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Religious Freedom# 2013-09-09 09:30:00
The church building was in the process of being constructed when it was destroyed

Hindu nationalists lose Indian state

A 1,000-strong mob destroyed a church building in northern India and beat the pastor and members, while elsewhere in the country, Christians were attacked...

Five Christians executed in road-side ditch by Muslim gunmen in Nigeria (9.9333333, 8.883333300000004) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-09-09 15:10:00
Pam Gyang (33) was one of those killed in the attack

Five Christians executed in road-side ditch

Five Christians were executed in a road-side ditch in Nigeria by Muslim gunmen, who had stopped the bus they were travelling in and separated them from the other passengers.

Islamists take over town in south Egypt; Christians killed (28.0870967, 30.761839699999996) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-09-10 11:45:00
Minya province is home to Egypt’s largest Christian community

Islamists take over town in Egypt

Islamists have taken over a town in southern Egypt, terrorising its large Christian population and attacking their property; elsewhere, two Egyptian Christians have been killed...

Editorial: King of Jordan’s defence of Arab Christians amplifies silence of Western leaders (31.94458822574465, 35.980911379882855) #Analysis##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-09-13 10:00:00
King Abdullah of Jordan

King of Jordan defends Arab Christians

“We support every effort to preserve the historical Arab Christian identity, and safeguard the right to worship freely.” This timely statement by King Abdullah of Jordan...

Siege of Maaloula highlights threat to Syria’s Christians: help them today (33.8441667, 36.54666670000006) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-09-13 10:15:00
Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still spoken in Maaloula

Maaloula siege highlights threat to Christians

A siege by al-Qaeda-linked rebels of the historic Christian village of Maaloula, Syria, has highlighted the severity of the threat to the country’s Christian minority.

Call to pray for Sri Lankan churches under threat from Buddhist extremists (6.865865599999999, 80.06091479999998) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-09-16 12:30:00
A church in a Sri Lanka tea plantation

Call to pray for Sri Lankan churches

Christian leaders from Sri Lanka have asked Barnabas Fund supporters to join them in ten minutes of prayer for the country each day as their churches face a mounting threat...

Islamic militants take church leaders hostage in attack on Philippine city (6.9214424, 122.07902669999999) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-09-17 09:00:00
Islamic militants have been fighting for an independent Islamic state for decades

Islamic militants take church leaders hostage

Two church leaders were among more than 100 hostages held as a human shield by an Islamic militant group in an attack on a Christian-majority city in the southern Philippines.

Kidnapped Nigerian archbishop freed; 15 Christians killed in home raids (4.784821000000001, 7.005452999999989) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-09-17 10:00:00
Asabe Anthony (45) was killed along with six members of her family

Archbishop freed; 15 Christians killed

One of Nigeria’s most senior church leaders, who was kidnapped along with his wife last week, has been freed. Meanwhile, deadly attacks on Christian communities continue unabated.

“Maaloula is crying”: Barnabas is helping thanks to your support (33.8441667, 36.54666670000006) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-09-19 10:15:00
Christian families collect their aid packages from Barnabas

"Maaloula is crying": Barnabas is helping

Syrian Christian leaders send their deepest thanks to Barnabas Fund supporters who have given so generously to help meet the needs of their brothers and sisters in their darkest hour.

Editorial: Christians forced to pay “protection” money to Islamists in Egypt (27.1783117, 31.185925699999984) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-09-19 14:00:00
The Egyptian authorities have struggled to get to grips with Islamist militants

Christians forced to pay “protection” money

Pay the jizya, convert to Islam, leave or be killed. That is the impossible choice facing Christians in parts of Egypt that remain Islamist strongholds...

Help victims of deadliest-ever attack on Christian community in Pakistan (34.004299, 71.54483000000005) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-09-23 14:00:00
All-Saints-Church-Peshawar-4x3.jpg

Deadliest-ever attack on Pakistani Christians

Teenager Shaloom Naeem's world was torn apart yesterday (22 September) when his parents and older sister were killed in the deadliest-ever attack on Pakistan’s Christian minority.

Christian mother killed at home in Somalia; boy kidnapped (4.7359722, 45.20397219999995) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-09-24 00:00:00
A street scene in Somalia

Christian mother killed in Somalia

A Christian woman has been murdered in her home by suspected al-Shabaab rebels; neighbours were alerted to the killing by the cries of her four-year-old son.

Christian father slaughtered in Pakistan; Bhatti murder suspects arrested (24.893379, 67.02806090000001) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-09-24 10:00:00
Downtown Karachi

Christian father killed in Pakistan

A Christian father of seven was slaughtered in Pakistan by a Muslim who accused him of being “an infidel who blasphemed against Muhammad”.

Two Christian women among prisoners freed ahead of Iranian president’s UN address (32.13067836304657, 54.215389749999986) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-09-25 12:00:00
Hassan Rouhani assumed the presidency of Iran in August

Two Christian women freed from jail

Two Christian women were among eleven prisoners of conscience and political prisoners released from jail in Iran ahead of the new president’s address at the UN General Assembly...

Editorial: World leaders must grasp Islamic heart of al-Shabaab’s terrorism (51.5033563, -0.1276185000000396) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Analysis# 2013-09-26 11:00:00
Kenyan troops have driven al-Shabaab out of parts of Somalia

Islam at heart of al-Shabaab’s terrorism

The world has watched in horror this week as the Kenyan authorities have battled to rescue terrified shoppers held at an upmarket mall in Nairobi...

Personal tragedy behind each of 85 deaths in Pakistan church bombing (34.0053772, 71.57132890000003) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-09-26 14:00:00
Christians have staged protests throughout Pakistan this week

Personal tragedies behind church bombing

Behind the staggering death toll of the worst-ever attack on Pakistan’s Christian community are many faces that I knew personally, having grown up in All Saints Church, Peshawar...

Islamists carry coffin in latest protest against Christian official in Indonesia (-6.3356736, 106.83526359999996) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-10-01 12:15:00
Susan Jasmine Zulkifli was appointed sub-district head of Lenteng Agung in June

Islamists protest against Christian official

Islamist protestors carrying a coffin have stepped up their campaign to force a Christian local authority chief in West Java, Indonesia, out of office.

Churches targeted, pastors beaten up, Christians arrested in Indian state (12.9715987, 77.59456269999998) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-10-01 14:30:00
Church gatherings in India are frequently targeted by militant Hindus

Churches targeted, pastors beaten up

Attacks against Christians in the Indian state of Karnataka have “accelerated” over the past two months: church gatherings have been targeted, pastors beaten up...

Guinean Christians forced to flee violence need help; some lost everything (9.537029, -13.678470000000061) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-10-04 12:00:00
Barnabas has sent aid to help Christians driven from their homes

Guinean Christians forced to flee

Christian families in Guinea are in a desperate plight, having been forced to live in makeshift shelters in the bush after their homes were destroyed in a severe outbreak of violence.

Editorial: World must wake up to threat posed by Boko Haram (11.330840662793788, 8.675277000000051) #Analysis##Attacks on Property##News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-10-04 13:00:00
Boko Haram militants are fighting to establish an Islamic state

Editorial: Threat posed by Boko Haram

Barely a week goes by without militant Islamist group Boko Haram committing another atrocity in Nigeria.

Bishop escapes assassination bid in Egypt; Christian dragged through streets (27.9307825, 30.838066700000013) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-10-07 11:00:00
Christian targets have been attacked since Mohammad Morsi’s ouster

Bishop escapes assassination bid

An Egyptian bishop escaped an assassination attempt when his car came under fire while he was travelling to visit the family of a Christian killed in the ongoing targeted violence...

“Travesty of justice” sees Christians jailed for Orissa killing (20.1342042, 84.01674230000003) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities# 2013-10-07 11:20:00
Many Christians in Orissa are still homeless after the 2008 violence

Christians jailed in “travesty of justice”

Seven Indian Christians have been sentenced to life imprisonment after being unjustly convicted of the murder of a militant Hindu leader in 2008...

Church leaders attacked and Christians killed as CAR mired in chaos (5.933314, 15.593169999999986) #News Article##Attacks on Property##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-10-08 10:00:00
The people of CAR have seen their country plunged into chaos

Church leaders attacked in CAR

Two church leaders were tied up and robbed by armed men in the latest assault on Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR)...

Rejecting Islamic extremism abroad – and at home (27.112695674621158, 30.35652134999998) #News Article##Analysis##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-10-11 12:00:00
Many Muslims reject Islamism and its attacks on Christians

Rejecting Islamic extremism

I have recently returned from visiting Egypt as the head of a delegation of academics, media personnel, politicians and senior ex-military officers from the USA.

Barnabas helping Christian children orphaned by brutal Syrian war (35.19026728035492, 38.39208173906252) #Humanitarian crises/needs##News/Appeal##Project Update# 2013-10-11 14:00:00
George and Fadi were left destitute when their father was shot dead

Christian orphans in Syria need help

Malnourished, sick, traumatised, bereaved, helpless: Syria’s civil war is taking a severe toll on the country’s children. Barnabas is targeting help at Christian youngsters...

Kazakh pastor re-arrested within minutes of being freed from custody (51.1666667, 71.43333329999996) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-10-14 16:00:00
Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev - a middle aged man wearing glasses

Kazakh pastor re-arrested after being freed

Kazakh pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev was freed from custody and reunited with his family last week – only to be re-arrested within minutes.

Christian beaten unconscious in vicious assault in India (21.2786567, 81.86614420000001) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Religious Freedom# 2013-10-16 10:00:00
Christian gatherings in India are often targeted by Hindu extremists

Christian beaten unconscious in India

A Christian man was beaten unconscious in a brutal attack by suspected Hindu extremists in India when he stood up for the right of Christians to gather peacefully.

More Christians killed as violence and anarchy rage in CAR (4.740849, 22.822320999999988) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-10-17 10:00:00
The government of Michel Djotodia has failed to curb the violence in CAR

Christians killed as CAR violence rages

An attack on Christians by local Muslims, supported by Islamist fighters, in the Central African Republic (CAR), has led to further carnage.

Editorial: Help make plight of Syria’s Christians known to political leaders (36.22782109767249, 37.163116289062486) #News Article##Analysis##Threats/Attacks Against People##Political Change/Unrest##Attacks on Property# 2013-10-17 12:00:00
Aleppo has been left in ruins by months of fighting

Make plight of Syria’s Christians known

The plight of Christians in Syria continues to plummet to new depths, and we need your help to make world leaders realise the gravity of the crisis...

Christians targeted and tortured for faith need your support (31.04170479986281, 69.81351640000003) #News/Appeal##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-10-17 14:00:00
Farrukh (in red T-shirt) and his family at the safe house

Christians targeted and tortured need help

Falsely accused, detained, tortured and forced to live on the run. Kidnapped, sexually assaulted and tortured, leaving him psychologically disturbed.

Christian convert appeals against jail term for evangelism in Morocco (31.720574725463116, -6.162643307617145) #News Article##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-10-22 10:00:00
A mosque in Marrakech, Morocco

Christian appeals jail term for evangelism

A Moroccan convert from Islam to Christianity is appealing against his two-and-a-half year prison sentence given for evangelising and “shaking the faith of a Muslim”.

Islamist agenda enforced in Nigerian states amid anti-Christian violence (9.5832029, 8.290661) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property##Actions by the Authorities##Religious Freedom# 2013-10-22 10:10:00
Christian homes in Tajak village, Kafanchan, were torched

Islamist agenda enforced in Nigerian states

As Christians in Nigeria continue to suffer violent attacks at the hands of Islamic extremists, they are also facing official opposition as the authorities enforce an Islamist agenda...

Four Christians killed in attack on wedding guests at church in Egypt (30.0444196, 31.23571160000006) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-10-23 12:00:00
Egyptian churches have been targeted by Islamists since Morsi’s ouster

Four Christians killed in church shooting

Two girls, aged eight and twelve, were among four Christians killed in a drive-by shooting that targeted wedding guests as they left a church in Egypt.

Disadvantaged and impoverished: Help feed Bangladeshi Christian families (24.17892338121262, 90.4140092226562) #News/Appeal##Humanitarian crises/needs##Project Update# 2013-10-24 11:00:00
Widow Sumita Soren can feed her two sons with the support from Barnabas

Help feed Bangladeshi Christian families

For just £18 a month, you could stop a Bangladeshi Christian family like Chittaranjan’s from going to bed hungry. Barnabas is supporting 113 families who are suffering...

Editorial: Muslim condemnation of violence against Christians (27.28575661347663, 51.317825442382855) #Analysis##News Article##Political Change/Unrest# 2013-10-24 14:00:00
Egyptian protestors brought down the Islamist government earlier this year

Muslims condemn violence against Christians

Two years ago, as Islamists were growing in strength and political influence in the wake of the “Arab Spring”, the picture was extremely bleak for Christians in the Arab world...

Two church leaders murdered in separate attacks in Kenya (-4.0434771, 39.6682065) #News Article##Threats/Attacks Against People# 2013-10-29 09:00:00
Christians are especially vulnerable in Kenya’s coastal region

Two Kenyan church leaders murdered

Two pastors have been murdered in separate attacks in Kenya’s coastal region: one was shot dead in his church building; the other appeared to have been strangled.

Lashes for drinking communion wine: Iran’s persecution of Christians continues (32.98257827172079, 54.523006937499986) #News Article##Religious Freedom##Actions by the Authorities##Threats/Attacks Against People##Legal Issues/Legislation# 2013-10-29 10:00:00
Homayoun Shokouhi has been jailed for three years and eight months

Lashes for drinking communion wine

Four Christians have been sentenced to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine, and the prison sentences of six other Christians have been upheld...

Islamists besiege two Christian villages in Syria; 13 people killed (34.3134556, 36.92418889999999) #News Article##Political Change/Unrest##Threats/Attacks Against People##Attacks on Property# 2013-10-29 16:00:00
Islamist militants patrolling Saddad last week

Islamists besiege Christian villages in Syria

Islamist rebels besieged two Christian villages in Syria, killing around 13 people and forcing thousands of families to evacuate their homes.

Making sense of the Middle East (29.2985278, 42.55096030000004) #News Article##Analysis# 2013-10-30 12:00:00
Making sense of the Middle East

Making sense of the Middle East

In the last three years, Barnabas Aid has carried many news stories and articles about the Middle East.

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...

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.

“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...

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...

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.

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....

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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. 

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.

“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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

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.

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”.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

 

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  • Pray for Barnabas Fund partners in South Sudan who have been supporting Christians forced from their homes by violence. Conflict between supporters of President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar in December and January displaced around 860,000 people. Churches were burned down and a number of pastors killed, while many people lost their belongings and were left destitute. Give thanks that churches in and around the capital, Juba, were able to provide food and other essentials to many families with help from Barnabas. Pray that they may continue to be salt and light in their country at this unstable time (Matthew 5:13-16), and that it will soon be safe for displaced Christians to return home. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 9 hours ago

  • Pray for the residents of a mainly Christian village in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, in the aftermath of a horrific attack by Boko Haram militants on 15 February. Ask for God’s comfort for the relatives and friends of the 106 people in Izghe who were gunned down and slaughtered in their houses or in the open as they tried to flee. Pray for strength for the numerous residents who were wounded or whose properties were looted and torched. Pray too for the many Christians who fled into the neighbouring state after the attack, and ask that the Christian community in the North of Nigeria will be preserved in the face of Islamist violence. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Violent attacks by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram continue unabated in Northern Nigeria. On one horrendous day of violence on 26 January, at least 138 people were killed. A church in Wada Chakawa village in Adamawa state was targeted; the attackers locked the congregation inside and then detonated bombs, shooting and cutting the throats of people who tried to escape. They then went on a four-hour rampage in the village. Later the same day, Kawuri village in neighbouring Borno state was burned to the ground. Boko Haram is fighting to establish an Islamic state, and Christians are among its main targets. Pray that the Nigerian authorities will succeed in containing its insurgency. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks on this Easter Day for the living hope that You have given us and all Your people through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). We pray that the prospect of an enduring inheritance and future salvation will encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters to persevere in their faith, whatever may happen to them. We pray that we too may be sustained by this hope in the sufferings that we experience for the sake of Christ. We ask that the joy and resurrection power of the Lord will give strength and peace to persecuted believers today and every day. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Give thanks for the Christ-like responses of Christian leaders in CAR to the crisis that threatens them and their churches. They have distanced themselves from the anti-balaka militias, saying that these should not be labelled as Christian and that they hold no mandate from the churches. The leaders have also condemned the violence in the country, whatever its origin, and have called on Christians to pursue forgiveness, reconciliation and healing. Churches are hiding, defending and caring for thousands of Muslims endangered by the anti-balaka, and one of CAR’s most senior church leaders has invited the president of the country’s Islamic community to move into his church compound. Pray that this powerful witness to the grace and love of Christ will help to bring peace to the shattered country. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Apr 2014 00:00

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