News & analysis
This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Boko Haram seizes Christian town, declares Islamic caliphate as anti-Christian attacks in Nigeria increaseCountry/Region: Africa, Nigeria
Boko Haram has seized a predominantly Christian town in Adamawa state in an attempt to expand the territory it holds in Northern Nigeria. The Islamist group has declared a caliphate – a united Islamic state under one ruler or caliph – in areas it has taken, further threatening vulnerable Christians.
Christian church in India converted to Hindu temple
A church in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was turned into a temple on 27 August after Hindu extremists converted members of the congregation to Hinduism.
Christian and other minority women raped in Iraq prison by ISIS militants
Reports have emerged that Christian woman who are being held captive in Mosul’s Badush prison by ISIS have been given the option either to convert to their brand of Islam or to suffer daily rape.
ISIS expands territory in the Middle East, aims to eliminate Christian presence
The Islamist militant group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which now prefers to be known simply as the Islamic State) is widening its control of territory in the Middle East.
Sri Lankan court reinstates deportation of persecuted Pakistanis
On Monday (1 September), a Sri Lankan court gave permission for the authorities to proceed with the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers, including Christians, from Sri Lanka.
Nepali pastor released after two years in prison
On 17 July, the Nepali authorities released a Christian pastor who had been incarcerated for almost two years after being arrested for eating beef.
Editorial: The Two Faces of Islam
Last month I was in Damascus. I had the great privilege of meeting Dr Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria. He is a man of peace who pleads repeatedly for equal and harmonious relations between Muslims, Christians and followers of all religions as members of one human family.
Sri Lankan court suspends deportation of persecuted Pakistanis
The Sri Lankan Court of Appeal has suspended the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers, who are mainly Christians and members of other persecuted religious minorities...