News from the PERSECUTED CHURCH

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Matthew 5:10


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More than 340 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith.

That’s 1 in 8 worldwide, 1 in 6 in Africa, 2 out of 5 in Asia, and 1 in 12 in Latin America.

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CLICK HERE for a list or an interactive MAP of countries where persecution is taking place today. 

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Pakistan:

When 13-year-old Shakaina Masih’s mother arrived to take her home from the job at which she helped with housework, she was informed that her daughter had already left. When Shakaina never showed up, concern soon became alarm as her parents urgently filed a missing person report. After initially delaying to respond, police informed Shakaina’s parents that she had converted to Islam and married a Muslim man last month.

Devastated to learn that their teenage daughter was supposedly married to a man whose name they had never even heard, Shakaina’s parents believe she was abducted. “Shakaina is just a kid,” Shakaina’s father, Johnson Masih told Morning Star News. “She was kidnapped and taken to Okara, where they forcibly converted her and conducted the fake marriage to give it a religious cover.” Many Christian parents in Pakistan fear exactly this occurrence — and it is all too common.

Hundreds of girls from Christian and Hindu backgrounds are kidnapped each year and forcibly converted before being raped and often forced to live as their abductor’s wives. Widespread discrimination and the government’s failure to protect religious freedom creates an environment that enables horrific incidences of forced marriage to thrive. Islamic clerics who solemnize underage marriages, magistrates who make the marriages legal, and corrupt authorities who refuse to investigate all contribute to the problem.

For more on this issue and what the United States can do about it, check out Family Research Council’s new publication titled, “Combatting Forced Marriage of Young Women in Pakistan.

Africa:

Hardly a day passes without accounts of mass kidnappings of Nigerian schoolchildren, Christian clergy and aid workers gunned down, villages torched, or churchgoers massacred. Africa is in trouble, and the United States and other global leaders must wake up to the horrifying levels of violence suffocating Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Read more in Lela’s op-ed in Newsweek.

China:

In coordination with the United States, new sanctions were placed on several Chinese officials responsible for atrocities in Xinjiang by the United Kingdom, European Union, and Canada. In retaliation, China decided to sanction two U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCRIF) Commissioners, including FRC President Tony Perkins.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s sanctions are nothing but tactics of intimidation, designed to help them save face in an international community that’s denounced their brutal and repressive policies,” Perkins said. It is telling that while Western countries sanction Chinese officials over human rights abuses, China sanctions individuals who merely speak out in defense of the oppressed.

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We recently started an “International Religious Freedom 101” series on the FRC Blog. Check out our second installment, “Pakistan Is Captive to Islamist Mob Rule.” Stay tuned for more!


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Today: Wednesday 13 January 2021

An evangelical missionary from Switzerland was murdered in Mali by Islamic militants in September 2020. Beatrice Stöckli (59) had been kidnapped and held captive for over four years by a group called Jammat Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM). Three other European hostages and a Malian politician were released by JNIM about a month later, reportedly in exchange for over 100 jihadists who had been captured by the Malian authorities. Beatrice had had an earlier experience of kidnapping in 2012 when she was held for nine days and tortured. On her release, the terrorists warned her not to come back to Mali. Despite this, she decided that she would return to her ministry in Timbuktu. Pray that her many years of work in Mali will bear much fruit in this country where Christians are about 2% of the population.

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News from the Persecuted Church

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IDP camps are overflowing, and aid is difficult due to the pandemic.

Like most of the world, Nigeria has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Although Nigerians have been told to shelter in place, that hasn’t slowed a wave of attacks against Christians in northern Nigeria. VOM workers reported these recent attacks that occurred within just one week this month:

  • May 16: Fulani Islamic militants attacked Ungwa Anjo, in southern Kaduna state. Two people were killed and many others displaced as attackers burned Christians’ houses and property.
  • May 18: Boko Haram extremists attacked Dapchi village, in Yobe state. The Islamists burned down the General Hospital, forcing many patients to run for their lives. Since the attack, many have been reported missing.
  • May 21: Fulani Islamic militants launched another attack in southern Kaduna state, one of many recent attacks in the region. VOM workers are still trying to determine how many were injured or killed. IDP (internally displaced people) camps are overflowing, and aid is difficult due to the pandemic.

Despite ongoing danger from both militants and the virus, VOM workers are delivering aid to Christians affected by these attacks. We invite you to make a special gift to help our persecuted Christian family members in Nigeria. Simply click on this link.

 


 

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Christians Kidnapped and
Murdered in Ongoing Attacks

  • On Jan. 21, Christie Peter Mwankon, 26, was kidnapped out of her sister’s house in the middle of the night by Fulani Islamic militants.
  • A 25-year-old Christian man was killed by Fulani Islamic militants on Jan. 20.
  • Pastor Lawan Andimi was kidnapped and murdered on Jan. 20 after the Islamist group Boko Haram released a video showing him declare his trust in God regardless of the consequences.
  • A group of Christian university students were kidnapped by Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists outside Maiduguri on Jan. 9. The terrorists took video of one student’s execution, while the others remain missing.
  • Fulani Islamic militants attacked a village in Plateau state on the night of Jan. 8, killing 12 villagers and burning homes and fields.

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Congolese Christians praying. Source: Steve Evans licensed under CC BY 2.0Eleven Congolese Christians killed in ADF Islamist militant attack 

Eleven Christians were killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Mutwanga district, north-east Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on February 18.

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Lawyer Tehmina Arora has called for the repeal of anti-conversion laws, which she says are used as a tool to harass and target Christians

Justice for eight Christians acquitted of forced conversion of children in India

Eight Indian church workers accused of the forced conversion and abduction of 60 Christian children were acquitted on February 18 by the criminal court in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.

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Christians in Nigeria call for urgent prayer as Boko Haram “ready to attack”

Christians in Nigeria have called for urgent prayer as a large-scale Boko Haram attack is thought to be imminent in Plateau State.

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The Iranian government's new rule on ID card applications is in line with its strategy of harassing Christian converts from Islam and pressurising them to emigrate

Iran forces Christian converts from Islam to declare their faith to obtain ID cards

Christian converts from Islam no longer have the choice of keeping their faith secret in Iran after the Islamic Republic removed the “other religions” option from the new application form for the national ID card.

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Pakistan’s government approved a new law to monitor online platforms on January 28, which would require social media companies to remove any “unwanted and slanderous” online content within 24 hours, or six hours in “emergency cases”, prompting concerns over “blasphemy” accusations.

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Another 82 licenses granted to Egyptian churches in first batch of 2020

Licenses were granted to 82 church and church-affiliated buildings in Egypt on February 11 by the committee that has been overseeing the process since early 2017.

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