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News & analysis

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

Over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from Christian town in Nigeria 

Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria  
Christian girls and women are being targeted for kidnapping by Boko Haram

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

Militants stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state, on the night of 14 April while the girls were asleep in their dormitories.

 
Country/Region: Hungary, Europe  
Hungary introduced the Church Act in 2012

Hungary violated rights of churches with new law, court rules

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.

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Syria  
Maaloula before its homes and churches were battered by fighting

Christians forced to flee Maaloula keen to return after recapture

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 after it was retaken by government forces...

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Syria  
A Syrian Christian man stands amongst devastation brought by the civil conflict

Editorial: Remember suffering Syrian Christians in prayer this Easter

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...

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Young Christian women in Pakistan are extremely vulnerable

Hundreds of Christian girls kidnapped, forced to marry Muslims in Pakistan

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.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan, Bhutan, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Africa  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 15 April 2014

Pakistan: Aasia Bibi appeal hearing deferred for third time ;
Bhutan: Two pastors detained without charge for over a month;
Cameroon: Elderly nun and two church leaders kidnapped;
Kazakhstan: UN expert calls for end to state registration of religious groups.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Uganda  
Hassan Muwanguzi has been beaten and threatened with death

Ugandan convert from Islam poisoned after losing wife, job, home

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

 
Country/Region: Iraq, Middle East and North Africa  
Targeted violence has driven hundreds of thousands of Christians from Iraq

Homes of Christians fleeing violence in Iraq 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...

 
Country/Region: Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan  
The church is located in the capital, Bishkek

Church in Kyrgyzstan appeals against building confiscation

A church in Kyrgyzstan is appealing against the confiscation of its building by the authorities, who claim that the sales contract signed more than 14 years ago was invalid.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Central African Republic  
The conflict has displaced around one million people

Churches in CAR pursue peace as sectarian violence continues

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...

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

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  • Iranian pastor Farshid Fathi hospitalised after beating by prison guards http://ow.ly/w4Liq 12 hours ago

  • Young Christian man killed by Muslim co-worker in Pakistan for refusing to convert to Islam http://ow.ly/w1Uum Tue, Apr 2014 15:22

  • Christians driven out of Maaloula by Islamist rebels long to return after its recapture by the Syrian army http://ow.ly/vTrgN Thu, Apr 2014 16:37

  • Islamic parties make unexpected gains in Indonesian elections http://ow.ly/vR60m Wed, Apr 2014 16:46

Daily prayer

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  • Praise God for the release of John Short, an Australian missionary who was detained in North Korea for distributing Christian leaflets. John, who is 75 and based in Hong Kong, was reported to security officials in Pyongyang after he was spotted leaving a Christian leaflet at a Buddhist temple, an act that is illegal in North Korea. Further Korean-language Christian pamphlets were subsequently found in his hotel room. John, who was released on 3 March after two weeks in custody, was required to sign a confession probably scripted by the authorities. Other foreign missionaries arrested in North Korea have been given long prison sentences. Give thanks to God that John has escaped further punishment, and pray for him as he recovers from his traumatic ordeal. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 4 hours ago

  • Pray for Barnabas Aid 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 Wed, Apr 2014 00:00

  • 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

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