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This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.

Pakistani Christians protest police inaction over shoes showing cross 

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Shoes printed with the Christian cross

Christians in Pakistan held demonstrations earlier this month after police failed to take action over shoes incorporating the Christian cross on the sole, which were being sold by a Muslim shopkeeper in Lahore.

CLAAS, a Christian legal organisation in Pakistan which Barnabas helps to fund, discovered on 5 October that a number of pairs of shoes with crosses on the sole...

 
Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia  
Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009

Breaking news: Aasia Bibi’s appeal against death sentence rejected

Barnabas Fund has today received the sad news that the appeal made by Pakistani Christian mother Aasia Bibi against her conviction...

 
Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon  
The kidnappings sparked a widespread campaign for the girls’ release

Four kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls escape Boko Haram in Cameroon

Four Christian schoolgirls who were seized by Boko Haram six months ago have escaped from a camp run by the Islamist group in Cameroon.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Cameroon  
Barnabas Fund has been supporting Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

Deadly Boko Haram attack kills 17 Christians in Cameroon

A further bloody attack by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted two villages in northern Cameroon, killing 17 Christians...

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Philippines  
A church in the Philippines

Two Christians killed, three injured in Philippines church attack

A grenade attack on a church in the southern Philippines on 8 October has left two Christians dead and three injured.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Nepal  
A Christian gathering in Nepal

Nepal’s Prime Minister makes religious freedom pledge

In a welcome move for Christians, the Prime Minister of Nepal has made a public commitment that religious freedom will be upheld in the country’s long-awaited constitution.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Christians in Pakistan are particularly vulnerable to false accusations of blasphemy

Blasphemy case against 55 Pakistani Christians discharged

Charges against 55 Pakistani Christians who were falsely accused of blasphemy have been dropped after a written compromise was agreed between the Muslim accuser and the believers involved.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Cameroon  
Cameroonian Christians at a Barnabas-funded training event

Boko Haram attacks Christians in northern Cameroon

At least nine Christians have been killed by Boko Haram militants as the Islamist group, which has killed thousands of people in Nigeria, has been...

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq, Syria  
IS militants

Murder, mischief, and the killing of Alan Henning

Last week the world received the tragic news of the beheading of kind-hearted British taxi-driver, Alan Henning, who had courageously and sacrificially travelled to Syria...

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Sudan  
Meriam in prison with her son, Martin, and newborn daughter, Maya

Meriam Ibrahim’s lawyers to challenge legality of apostasy convictions in Sudan

The lawyers in Sudan representing Meriam Ibrahim are planning to take her case to the country’s Constitutional Court.

 
christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

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    • “The cathedral in Damaturu now has only about 40 members instead of 450 members. The church in Potiskum now has only about 15 members instead of 500 members… the southern part of [Yobe state] is still very dangerous and most of the churches here have closed down.” A senior church leader in Nigeria wrote to Barnabas Fund in August about the impact on the Church of Boko Haram’s violence. Nevertheless Christians were still holding worship services every Sunday, discipling the young people and even commissioning pastors. Praise God for such perseverance, and pray that a Christian presence and witness may remain in north-east Nigeria. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Oct 2014 11:17

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