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Pastor Brutally Beaten by Hindu Radicals in Northern India

06/02/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – On Thursday, May 28, Pastor Dinesh Kumar was brutally beaten by radical Hindu nationalists […]

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Suspect in Death Threats to Hrant Dink Foundation Arrested

06/02/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – This past Saturday, Turkey’s General Directorate of Security (EGM) arrested a suspect identified simply […]

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Christian Organization Demands the Release of Nigerian Bishop Abducted

06/02/2020 Nigeria (CBN News) – Last Wednesday night, Bishop Masin was abducted after unknown gunmen attacked his home in Lafia, […]

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Four Christians ordered to begin prison sentences

CSWs sources have confirmed that four Iranian Christians have been instructed by the authorities to present themselves at Evin prison in Tehran to begin serving five-year sentences. Continue Reading

CSW weclomes USCIRF Commissioner’s adoption of pastor through religious prisoners of conscience project

CSW welcomes the decision by Commissioner James Carr of the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom to adopt Vietnamese Pastor A Dao as part of the Commissions Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project. Continue Reading

2 June 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for imprisoned North Korean Christians who are tortured. #365prayer

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Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: May

COVID-19 has further restricted humanitarian access to the Nineveh Plains. ISIS attacks are frequent and life-threatening, though not as common as…

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Hong Kong Preacher Arrested, Briefly Detained

06/01/2020 Hong Kong (International Christian Concern) – On May 27, when many took to the streets in Hong Kong to protest […]

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Persecution Continues in Nigeria

06/01/2020 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In the first few months of 2020, Nigeria’s government has done very little […]

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Reports of Religious Minorities Flourishing in India: A False Flag

06/01/2020 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “Minorities Flourishing.” The headline has dominated mainstream Indian media in recent weeks as reporters draw […]

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Islamic Prayers Held at Hagia Sophia

06/01/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – This past Friday, Turkey celebrated the 567th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. […]

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Food Aid Denied to Christians by Hindu Radical Groups in India

06/01/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has affected the income of the people across India, […]

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ICC Develops Autoshop for Family Displaced by ISIS

Nishwan and his family used to live in the bustling city of Mosul, Iraq. Nishwan worked in an auto repair shop, which pro­vided a good living for his three daughters.

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Militants Demand Conversion or Ransom for Abducted Pastor’s Release

06/01/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On May 9th, Fulani Militants kidnapped a pastor named Reuben Danbala, a cross-cultural missionary […]

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Christian families attacked in their homes while asleep

Three Christian families had their homes broken into in Kokkar Pal Panchayat, Sukma District, Chhattisgarh, India, by a group of Hindu nationalists on 20 May. Continue Reading

COVID-19 Relief

The recent COVID:19 global pandemic has been a difficult time and has increased persecution against Christians in many countries around the world. Recently in the Quang Ngai province of Vietnam a number of cases have been brought to our attention and we are praying we can meet the need. We need your partnership to reach […]

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1 June 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that churches in Egypt will continue to send workers throughout the Middle East. #365prayer

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ERCC Member Forcibly Evicted from Rented Apartment

05/31/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – On May 27, a member from Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) was forcibly kicked […]

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ERCC Member Forcibly Evicted from Rented Apartment

05/31/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – On May 27, a member from Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) was forcibly kicked […]

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Fulani Militants Attacked Christians in Kaduna State, Twenty Killed

05/30/2020 Nigeria (The Christian Post) – Last week, at least 20 people were killed in a series of attacks on […]

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Fulani Militants Attacked Christians in Kaduna State, Twenty Killed

05/30/2020 Nigeria (The Christian Post) – Last week, at least 20 people were killed in a series of attacks on […]

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Christian Church Assists a Deprived Community in Sierra Leone

05/31/2020 Sierra Leone (All Africa) – On Monday May 25th, the Grace Christian Church (GCC) International Ministry assisted its members and […]

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Christian Church Assists a Deprived Community in Sierra Leone

05/31/2020 Sierra Leone (All Africa) – On Monday May 25th, the Grace Christian Church (GCC) International Ministry assisted its members and […]

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Church Vandalism Suspect Arrested

05/31/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Turkish police detained a suspect, identified only as M.S., on Thursday as part of […]

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Meeting the Needs of the Body: Pakistani Woman Receives COVID Relief

In the past three months, International Christian Concern documented at least four incidents of Christians denied food aid in Pakistan.

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Christian Film Set Attacked by Radical Hindu Nationalists

05/31/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to CRUX News, a movie set with a prop church was vandalized by […]

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Equality Before the Law Merely a Slogan for Indonesian Christians

By ICC’s Indonesia Correspondent 05/30/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Recently, another case of intolerance towards Christians occurred in Cikarang Sub-District, Bekasi […]

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31 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for a VOM-sponsored media ministry reaching Somalis around the globe. #365prayer

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Mob of Extremists in India Harass and Threaten Christian Families for Nearly Three Weeks

05/30/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, 16 Christian families in India’s Jharkhand state faced death […]

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Attempted Attack at Orthodox Church in Egypt

05/30/2020 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – On May 16th, an unnamed man reportedly hurled a Molotov cocktail at a Greek […]

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Churches in Malaysia Banned from Using ‘Allah’

05/29/2020 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – Christians in Putrajaya, Malaysia face legal persecution in High Court’s decision to reserve the right […]

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30 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that those working in the Maldives will see much fruit from their efforts. #365prayer

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Episode 20: Naming the Perpetrator

Jeff King interviews former congressman and human rights champion Frank Wolf about the current state of religious freedom across the globe. Wolf shares his insight into what he believes to be one of the worst-ranking countries for religio… Continue Reading

Report: Pandemic and Persecution in the Middle East

The COVID-19 pandemic has initiated global lockdowns, slowing down societies but not religious persecu­tion. In the Middle East, where persecution was once defined by ISIS, the pandemic exposed a transforma­tion…

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Possible Governmental Changes Threaten Christian Voices

05/29/2020 Lebanon (International Christian Concern) – During a recent televised speech, a senior Shi’a religious figure called for the scrapping of Lebanon’s […]

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ICC Provides Bibles for Muslim-Background Believers

As a Muslim-background believer (MBB), purchasing a Bible in an Islamic community can pose a deadly risk. The simple act of looking at a Bible in public can lead to…

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Christian Families in India’s Chhattisgarh State Brutally Displaced

On May 20, three Christian families in India’s Chhattisgarh state were brutally attacked and displaced by radical Hindu nationalists.

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Nigerian Sentenced after Forcing Christian Teen into Islamic Marriage

05/28/2020 Nigeria (The Christian Post) – A Nigerian man was sentenced to 26 years in prison for abducting a Christian […]

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29 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for believers in Iraq who risk their lives for God’s kingdom. #365prayer

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China Passes National Security Law for Hong Kong Despite Backlash

ICC has learned that the National People’s Congress, which is the top legislature in China, passed controversial new legislation on national security for Hong Kong today.

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Suspected Islamist Group Kills 17 in DRC

05/27/2020 Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – On Monday, suspected Islamist fighters killed at least 17 people in an early […]

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Nepal’s Supreme Court Refuses Bail to Pastor Who Prayed Against COVID-19

05/28/2020 Nepal (International Christian Concern) – Yesterday, May 27, the Supreme Court of Nepal refused bail to Pastor Keshav Acharya […]

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Armenian Church Defaced in Turkey

05/28/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – This past Tuesday, an Armenian church in the Turkish area of Kuzguncuk was found […]

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PAKISTAN: Released from Bondage

Due to poverty and lack of education, Christians in Pakistan often borrow money from brick kiln owners. They are then required to work, making bricks, to repay the loan. The size of the loan tends to be small, but the terms are designed to keep it growing indefinitely. The family, including children as young as […]

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NIGERIA: Kidnapper Sentenced to 26 Years

Recently, a federal court in Nigeria sentenced Yunusa Dahiru to 26 years in prison for abducting a Christian teenager in 2015, and forcing her into an Islamic marriage. Additionally, her name was changed to ‘Aisha’, the name of one of the wives of Islam’s prophet Mohammad. Her abduction gained media attention as her parents raised […]

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UGANDA: Christian Woman Seriously Beaten

A young Christian woman from the village of Luwooko in eastern Uganda was ambushed and beaten last month for sharing her faith. Lydia Nabirye, 23, is the daughter of an area evangelist. In early March, she shared her faith with a young Muslim woman who later came to salvation in Christ. After the new convert […]

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LAOS: Young Couple Become Non-Citizens

A young couple who placed their faith in Christ less than six months ago have already paid a heavy price. Shortly after Phiarune and his wife, Lai became Christians, they moved in with Lai’s parents. Lai’s parents, however disapproved of their new Christian practices, including their prayers before meals. When local police surveyed village residents, […]

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28 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for underground church leaders inside Eritrea. #365prayer

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Pastor’s Daughter in Laos Trapped with Dilemma

By ICC’s Intern for Southeast Asia R.R   05/27/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Communist nations in South East Asian […]

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ISIS Resurgence Threatens Christians

05/27/2020 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Since Ramadan’s beginning last month, the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for over […]

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ICC Provides Food Aid for Christian Leaders in India

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, India went into a national lockdown to slow the spread of the virus.

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30 Day Challenge – June 2020

In the 1840’s, leprosy began to spread in Hawaii. In order to curb the spread of the disease, leprosy patients were sent into forced quarantine at Kalawao on Molokaii island. The first patients were sent in 1866, with about 8,000 more to follow over the next 103 years. In 1873, Father Damien felt a conviction […]

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COVID-19 Clusters Due to Religious Gathering Could Cause Intolerance

05/26/2020 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – In Indonesia, many of the clusters of COVID-19 cases were caused by large scale […]

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Protest goes online

CSW, Church in Chains (Ireland), the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Human Rights Concern-Eritrea and Release Eritrea will be hosting an online protest against the continuing repression of FoRB in Eritrea on 28 May. Continue Reading

27 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for the members of government-approved churches that are being closed in Algeria.  #365prayer

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Church Leaders and Other Hit Hard by COVID19 Lockdown in Liberia

05/27/2020 Liberia (AllAfrica) – VOX is a Liberian Charity based in Lower Margibi County which has identified the most vulnerable […]

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Iran’s Shadow Church

By Linda Burkle PhD Iran is a country ruled and dominated by Islam which regulates and permeates every aspect of […]

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Church Property Illegally Occupied in Pakistan During COVID-19 Pandemic

05/26/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this month, a church in Batala Sharn Singh village, located in the Punjab […]

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Christians Pray for Kidnapped Woman’s Return

05/26/2020 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Local Egyptian news are circulating with fresh rumors regarding the kidnapping and forced conversion of […]

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DEATH TOLL MOUNTS IN NIGERIA ‘JIHAD’

New report claims 620 Christians killed since start of year A new report from Nigeria claims the latest attacks by Fulani militants have killed 620 Christians in the first five months of 2020. A recent attack on a Baptist village killed 17,…

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Pope Francis Tweets About Chinese Catholics Amid Sensitive Events

05/25/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – As Hong Kong faces a new proposed law from Beijing that could threaten its […]

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Discipleship, the Key for Ministering to North Koreans

The strategies for ministering to North Koreans have had to change in recent times with China and Russia cracking down not only on Christians but foreign missionaries. In days past, North Korean ministry generally meant a professional minister travelling to North Korea, China, Russia or other places that North Koreans were found, to bring supplies […]

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North Korean Ministry Continues Despite COVID-19 Threats

COVID-19 placed a very real strain on ministry to North Koreans after the country announced it would close its borders, even to defectors being sent back from China. Experts believe North Korea took this course of action because they knew they lacked the resources to deal with an outbreak. This has meant the number of […]

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A Church no Longer Afraid

Every Sunday at the appointed time, a moderator sets up a private online meeting, and usernames begin to appear on the screen as church members join the video feed. Then, as in any other church service, the online worshippers sing hymns, offer their prayers and listen to the preaching of God’s Word. This is an […]

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Chinese Christians in Re-education Camps

Much has been reported about internment camps for Uyghur Muslims in Northeast China. However, Christians, Buddhists, Kazakh people, and other perceived threats to the communist government are also imprisoned in the camps. A Han Chinese Christian couple who left their home to plant churches among Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region were imprisoned for […]

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26 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that Mauritanian Christian converts from Islam will stand firm amid persecution. #365prayer

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Elderly Christian Man Missing 134 Days

05/25/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – An elderly Christian man living in a remote Turkish village has been missing for […]

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Forsaking Everything in India

“I [was] the talk of the town as a mad woman; things were going worse,” Podiya shared, remembering that day when she stood on the precipice of mental illness.

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How COVID-19 Burial Restrictions in India Are Affecting the Christian Community

05/25/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – An ordinance issued by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai had many Christians, Muslims, […]

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Fulani Militants Attack Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria

05/24/2020 Nigeria (Morning Star News) – On Saturday May 16th 2020, armed Muslim Fulani militants killed two Christians and kidnapped […]

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From our CEO: June 2020

Dear Friends, “We don’t tremble before communism. They should be in panic because of us.” These are the profound words from our founder Richard Wurmbrand, which ring true when we understand the amount of disdain the Chinese Communist Party has for Christians. Their determination to wipe out Christianity for their failing ideology is staggering. Even […]

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25 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that  Vietnamese frontline workers will identify and help persecuted believers. #365prayer

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Wuhan Preacher Taken Away During Online Evangelism Event

05/24/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – On May 23, as the “Proclaim Jesus Gospel Gathering” was taking place via Zoom, […]

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Iranian Christian Converts Released Following Reduced Bail

05/24/2020 Iran (International Christian Concern) – In February, four Iranian Christian converts were arrested for membership in a house church in […]

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24 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for spiritual growth and unity among believers in Bahrain. #365prayer

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Ugandan Muslim Father Burns Christian Daughter

05/23/2020 Uganda (Morning Star News) – A young woman named Rehema accompanied her father on a business trip from Mbarara […]

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China to Pass Controversial National Security Law for Hong Kong

ICC has learned that the National People’s Congress in China will propose new legislation on national security to tighten its grip on the ruling of Hong Kong.

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American Pastor Returns Home After Seven Month Detention in India

05/23/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In October 2019, Pastor Bryan Nerren, an American pastor from Tennessee, was detained […]

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Turkey Denies Greek Genocide – Again

05/23/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday, the remembrance day of the Greek (Pontian) Genocide, Athens issued a statement […]

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23 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that Sri Lankan churches will increase their evangelistic efforts. #365prayer

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The Elusiveness of News and ISIS Leadership

04/22/20 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The seemingly never-ending elusiveness of ISIS leadership haunts the Middle East. The region eagerly […]

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Popular Pastor from Cameroon Dies of COVID-19

05/22/2020 Cameroon (VOA News) – A popular pastor in cameroon who called himself a prophet and faith healer, died at […]

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Church in Kenya Crushed by Community and COVID-19

Distraught by the plight of his church family, John, a pastor in Mandera, Kenya, says that Christians in the northeastern county are being denied aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Episode 19: Opening the 10/40 Window

In part three of Jeff King’s interview with Tom Doyle, he gives an inside look into the secret life of Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) around the world today and the dangers that they face after converting to Christianity.

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The Human Toll of Persecution

When we read about persecution in the news, it often begins with the bare facts. The who, the what, the where, and so on.

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Iranian Holy Sites Set Ablaze

05/22/2020 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Last week, the tomb of Esther and Mordecai in Iran’s Hamadan was set on fire […]

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ICC Supports Victims of Arson Attack

Since turning to Christianity 10 years ago, Joshua and his family have faced constant harassment from local villagers.

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Local Christians React to USCIRF Recommending India as a Country of Particular Concern

Last month, the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom recommended India be designated a Country of Particular Concern in its 2020 Annual Report.

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Christians Groups Use Creativity to Bring Gospel to North Korea

05/22/2020 North Korea (International Christian Concern) – Christians in North Korea are constantly under pressure, with their faith a silent […]

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Government agrees to create a national commission for religious freedom

Sudans transitional government and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement-North (Agar) have jointly agreed to the creation of an independent national commission for religious freedom. Continue Reading

Justice served in case of abducted Christian girl

CSW welcomes the verdict in the case of Ese Rita Oruru, who was kidnapped from her home in southern Nigeria in 2015 at the age of 13 and trafficked to Kano state in the north. Continue Reading

22 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that God will close the eyes of Cuban officials as Bibles pass through checkpoints. #365prayer

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Church and Mosque Demolition in Egypt Raises Tensions

ICC has learned that on May 20, sectarian tensions surged in the Egyptian village of Kom Farag when the city council decided to demolish a church and mosque located next to each other.

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Christian Leaders Concerned about Abductions in Zimbabwe

05/20/2020 Zimbabwe (Vatican News) – Three Zimbabwean female leaders were allegedly abducted in Harare by unknown men on Wednesday, last […]

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Meeting the Needs of the Body: ICC’s COVID-19 Response Update

05/21/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – As COVID-19 spread across the world, International Christian Concern launched an initiative to serve the Christians being persecuted and discriminated against for their faith.

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Authorities in Nepal Continue to Imprison Pastor Who Prayed Against COVID-19

05/21/2020 Nepal (International Christian Concern) – In late March, Kaski District Police in Nepal arrested Pastor Keshav Acharya, age 32, […]

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Iranian Christian Convert Given Additional Sentence at Retrial

05/21/2020 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Following his arrest in January 2019, Iranian Anglican Church member was charged with “membership of […]

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MEDIA FOLLOWING FOR ALL OUT FOR GOD

TV and radio join call to pray for the persecuted during lockdown ‘Lockdown gives us the opportunity to take our identification with the persecuted church to the next level.’ – Release CEO, Paul Robinson There has been widespread interest in the media…

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CENTRAL ASIA: University Teacher Loses Job Because of Faith

A Christian woman was dismissed from her job teaching Russian at a national university after school officials learned of her faith. Vera, a single mother who is raising her children without family support, had hoped that her part-time job teaching Russian would eventually develop into a full-time position. She was a good teacher, and her […]

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SOMALIA: Scholars Urge Followers to Defend Islam

Realising that a growing number of Somalis are leaving Islam and embracing Christianity, Somali Islamic leaders are issuing warnings and urging their followers to defend Islam. A prominent Somali sheikh in Nairobi, Kenya, used his Friday address to warn that Somalia is not 100% Muslim anymore and that many young Somalis are leaving Islam. He […]

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NIGERIA: Seventeen Dead after Fulani attack on Christian Village

Fulani militants have continued their killing spree in north and central Nigeria with a brutal attack on a Baptist village in Kaduna last Tuesday night. Seventeen people died in a midnight raid on Gonan Rogo village, near Makyali – including a married couple and their three children. Villagers were asleep when Fulani set upon them […]

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INDIA: Daughter of Slain Pastor Wounded

On 13 October 2015, Pastor Chamu Hassa Purty was shot and killed while at his home in Sandih village, Jharkhand. The murder happened after he had prayed for a sick boy in a nearby village and then helped him get to hospital. Five years later, on the evening of 16 April, two men came to […]

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IRAN: Four Converts Imprisoned in Rasht

In February, Ramin Hassanpour, his wife Kathrin Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi and another convert who does not wish to be named, were arrested for being part of a house church. On 14 May they attended a hearing at Branch 10 of the Revolutionary Court in Rasht, facing charges related to house church membership – considered a […]

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Four Christians released on bail

Four Christian converts belonging to the Church of Iran denomination have been released on bail after spending a week in Lakan Prison in the northern city of Rasht. Continue Reading

70 church buildings legalised, church and mosque demolished

Egyptian authorities legalised 70 church buildings for worship purposes on Tuesday 19 May. Continue Reading

21 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that Libyans who have left their country will hear the Gospel. #365prayer

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Burmese Pastor with COVID-19 Appears in Court

05/20/2020 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – ICC recently reported on Burmese pastor David Lah and three others on their potential […]

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Report: The Voiceless Victims of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) 2018 Fact­sheet on Blasphemy, roughly one-third of the world’s nations maintain a law…

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Religious Persecution After COVID-19

By Benjamin Harbuagh We are living in the midst of a geopolitical event the likes of which has not been […]

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Monastery Attacked by Islamists in Northern Mozambique

05/19/2020 Mozambique (The Tablet) – This week, Islamist insurgents attacked a monastery in northern Mozambique where four monks lived. The […]

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Christian Woman Appeals Attacker’s Claim

05/20/2020 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – In early January, an Egyptian Muslim man attempted to kill a Coptic Christian woman named […]

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A Darker Side to Kenya

When people think about Christian persecution, they usually think of the Middle East, ISIS, or even Boko Haram. Kenya isn’t on their radar.

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Police Arrest Eight Christians Falsely Accused of Violating COVID-19 Lockdown in India

05/20/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, eight Christians were arrested in late April after being […]

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ERCC Member Detained for Criticizing Government

05/19/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – On the night of the 12th anniversary of the May 12th Sichuan earthquake, a […]

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20 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for believers distributing Christian literature in the Turkmen language. #365prayer

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Turkish Media Denies Greek Genocide

05/19/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Today marks the anniversary of the Greek (Pontic) genocide which occurred from 1913-1922 in […]

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American Pastor Detained in India Finally Freed

ICC has learned that Pastor Bryan Nerren, an American pastor detained in India since October 2019, is now free to return home to his family in the United States.

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19 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that Muslims in the United Arab Emirates, who hear the Gospel will come to know Jesus Christ. #365prayer

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The Terror Factory and the Deep Secret of Suffering

Back in 2009, Maryam and Marziyeh were arrested for their faithful efforts to spread the Gospel throughout Iran.

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Leah Sharibu Turned 17 in Boko Haram Captivity

05/18/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Last Thursday, May 14, was Leah Sharibu’s 17th birthday. Leah is the lone remaining […]

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Greek Church Victim of Turkish Treasure Hunters

05/18/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Christians in Turkey are warning that the historical Greek Orthodox Church located in the […]

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Christian Graveyard in Pakistan Plowed Up by “Land Grabbers”

05/18/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to reports on social media, a century-old Christian graveyard has been desecrated in […]

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The Fight for Hong Kong

On November 17, 2019, Hong Kong police laid siege to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. As a result, the once peaceful univer­sity was trans­formed into a battlefield.

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CHRISTIANS IN LOCKDOWN CALLED TO STAND WITH PERSECUTED CHURCH ON SUNDAY – All Out For God, May 24

Christians in lockdown across the UK are being invited to stand in solidarity with the persecuted church around the world this Sunday (May 24), in an event called All Out for God. Release International has long been calling on UK believers to…

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18 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that women who are imprisoned in Yemen because of their faith will see Christ in their circumstances. #365prayer

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Iranian Christian Converts Imprisoned

05/17/2020 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Four Iranian Christian converts who were arrested in February have been sent to Lakan […]

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Two Years After Surabaya Bombings, Radicalism Still Grows in Indonesia

05/17/2020 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On May 13, 2018, three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia, were targeted by suicide bombers […]

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Activist Claims Pakistan’s National Commission for Minorities is a Public Relations Gimmick

05/17/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Farahnaz Ispahani, a senior fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute and a […]

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17 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for Neelam, who faces persecution. She is one of only two Christians at her Bangladeshi school. #365prayer

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Philippine Priest Targeted for Helping Indigenous People

05/16/2020 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – A Catholic priest has been targeted by the Philippine military for helping Lumads, the […]

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KRG Announces Plans for First ISIS Trials

05/16/2020 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq has announced plans to start the first […]

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Death of Street Sweeper in Pakistan Typifies Discrimination Experienced by Christian Sanitation Workers

05/16/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, a Christian street sweeper was killed in late April […]

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President Buhari Blames Victims of Recent Attack in Kaduna

05/16/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – A recent statement made by the president of Nigeria and his press secretary has […]

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Pastor Faces Three Years for Defying COVID-19 Ban

05/15/2020 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – On May 13, pastor David Lah and three others were charged with three years […]

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16 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that frontline workers will find creative ways to distribute Bibles and Christian literature in Malaysia. #365prayer

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Episode 18: Dreams and Visions

Christian author and leader Tom Doyle shares his life-changing experience as a missionary and evangelist to the Middle East.

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Seventeen dead after Fulani attack on Christian village in Nigeria

Fulani militants have continued their killing spree in north and central Nigeria with a brutal attack on a Baptist village in Kaduna on Tuesday night. Release partners say 17 people died in a midnight raid on Gonan Rogo village, near Makyali –…

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Seven Women Kidnapped, Forcefully Married in Nigeria in March and April

05/15/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO), 6 young women and one older married […]

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Israel Mulls Closing Christian TV Channel

05/15/2020 Israel (International Christian Concern) – A U.K. based evangelical Christian media company (God TV) has warned that Israel is […]

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ICC Helped Damaged Church in Kenya Rebuild

In May 2019, a local religious conflict cul­minated in a week of unrest, in which part of the Muslim community looted shops and destroyed churches in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Christians and Other Minorities in Pakistan Denied COVID-19 Aid

05/15/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Aleteia, religious NGOs and Muslim leaders in Pakistan stand accused of refusing […]

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Indian Christians Face New Legal Challenges

Hindu extremists are increasingly using the law to attack Christian pastors, reports Release’s Kenneth Harrod. Over the past two decades a growing nationalist movement in India has been behind attacks on  Christians, on pastors in particular, and on church buildings. Release staffha…

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Is it OK for me to cry?

Release’s Jack Norman heard on a recent visit to Egypt how Christians continue to suffer in a culture of oppression. Life for Christians in Egypt has been marked for 2,000 years by persecution. Most recently, for example, suicide bombers attacked St Peter…

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Free Raymond!

Please sign our petition calling on the Malaysian government to free Pastor Raymond Koh – abducted three years ago. Release is pressing Malaysia to set free a Christian pastor who was abducted in a military-style operation in February 2017– and who hasn’t…

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CSW welcomes calls for establishment of an independent religious freedom commission

CSW welcomes calls by the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), led by Malik Agar, to establish an independent religious freedom commission in Sudan. Continue Reading

CSW calls for unfounded charges against pastor to be dropped

CSW has called on the government of Nepal to drop all charges against Pastor Keshav Raj Acharya who was first arrested on 23 March, amid concerns for his wellbeing. Continue Reading

15 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for God’s blessing on all outreach activities taking place in the United Arab Emirates. #365prayer

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Fulani Militants Kill Thirty in Nigeria

ICC has learned that Fulani militants conducted a major attack, beginning late in the evening on May 11, on the community of Gonan Rogo in Nigeria, as well as four other villages.

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COVID-19 Reaches UN-run IDP Camp in South Sudan

05/14/2020 South Sudan (International Christian Concern) – For most of us in the West, coronavirus has meant staying at home […]

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Mozambique Continues to be a Growth Area for ISIS

05/13/2020 Mozambique (International Christian Concern) – Northern Mozambique has become the newest battleground against ISIS in Africa. The terror group […]

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Terrorists in Indonesia Called to Exploit the Pandemic

05/14/2020 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Having lost influence in the past few months, Islamic State (ISIS) is urging its […]

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UNITAD Makes Progress with Cellphone Data

05/14/2020 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – In UNITAD’s 4th annual report presented to the Security Council on Monday, the chief […]

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Christian Families in Central India Beaten After Refusing to Renounce Faith

05/14/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, five Christian families in India’s Chhattisgarh state were beaten […]

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CSW to mark Leah Sharibu’s 17th birthday with online prayer event

CSW will mark Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibus 17th birthday with an online prayer event tonight, 14 May, at 7.30pm. Continue Reading

14 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that Jordanian churches will operate without fear and boldly evangelise their neighbours. #365prayer

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ERCC Pastor Transferred to Prison, Exact Location Still Unknown

05/13/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – According to a member from the heavily persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in […]

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Turkey Reiterates Desire to Transform Hagia Sofia into Mosque

05/13/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Istanbul’s historic Hagia Sofia church, currently operating as a museum, is once again being […]

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ICC Provides Food for Christian Leaders in Rural India

On March 25, India, the world’s largest democracy, went into a national lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram Responsible for 59,311 Orphans and 59,213 Widows

The governor of the Borno state in north-east Nigeria has revealed that the extremist group Boko Haram is responsible for making tens of thousands of widows and orphans in the state as it continues its reign of terror. Borno Govenor Babagana Zulum was recently a guest lecturer at the National Defence College.  His lecture was […]

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CHINA: Worshippers Dragged from House Church

The Xingguang Church in Xiamen city meets in a residence because they refuse to join the government-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement. On 3 May, security officers burst into the home while the church was gathered for worship. The Christian men who had been guarding the door were pinned down and worshippers were forcefully dragged out of […]

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LAOS: Three Families Expelled from Village

Three Christian families from the Akha tribe were expelled from their village recently after refusing to renounce their faith in Christ. Earlier this year, village authorities called the Christians to a meeting that included members of the Lao Patriotic Front. After accusing the believers of abandoning Akha customs and failing to follow the rules and […]

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PAKISTAN: Muslims Attack a Church and Desecrate the Cross

A group of Muslim men entered a church in Kala Shah Kaku, Sheikhupura, about 40km from Lahore, shouting that they would set the building on fire and burn the Christians. According to the pastor, Samuel Hidayat Masih, of the Trinity Pentecostal Church, on the morning of 9 May Malik Aun Abbas, Ali Shan and several other […]

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Christian families return to Kharaba

CSW has learned that approximately 100 displaced Christian families have returned to their homes in the village of Kharaba, in the vicinity of Daraa governorate in Southwestern Syria, on 3 May. Continue Reading

Armed attacks on five villages leave 25 dead in Kaduna State

Five people were killed and one was injured when armed men of Fulani origin attacked Makyali village in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA), Kaduna state, Nigeria, in the early hours of 13 May. Continue Reading

Three Christian families in Chhattissgarh assaulted and threatened with death

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13 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that Kyrgyz and Uzbek believers in southern Kyrgyzstan will unite in Christian love. #365prayer

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Chinese Government Restricts Nanyang Bishop’s Funeral

05/12/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – Chinese officials imposed restrictions on the funeral of 98-year-old Bishop Joseph Zhu Baoyu of […]

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Two Christians Killed in Villages in Adamawa State

05/12/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Two Christian villages were attacked very early this morning in Adamawa State, Nigeria. The […]

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Turkish Christians Targeted in Hate Speech

05/12/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –Turkish magazine Gerçek Hayat has published a special 176-page edition which targeted leading members of […]

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Cut Off from Family for Christ

In September 2019, Bwambale Abraham and some of his friends decided to attend a Christian outreach event in their hometown of Kisinga, Uganda.

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Church in Pakistan Desecrated in Attack by “Land Grabbers”

05/12/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On Saturday, May 9, a mob of Muslim men attacked and damaged a church […]

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12 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for Indian workers taking the Gospel to members of the Jain religion, an unreached group.  #365prayer

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The Samaritans: Evangelism in East Africa

Kilonzo Musili was killed on February 19, 2020, when the Somali-based militant group, al-Shabaab, attacked a bus traveling from the border town of Mandera in northeastern Kenya to Nairobi.

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US Leaders Denounce Christian Persecution in Algeria

International Christian Concern has learned that Congressman Doug Lamborn has delivered a letter to the Algerian government, calling attention to the increasing persecution of Christians in Algeria.

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Pastor and Family Attacked at Home in Plateau State

05/11/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Pastor Famonure told Morning Star News by text of how he and his family […]

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Christians Cry Foul in KRG

05/11/2020 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Some Iraqi Christians living in Hazar Jot village have expressed concern after the Governor […]

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Christians in Laos Still Subject to Persecution Despite Reported Improvements

05/11/2020 Laos (International Christian Concern) – Despite updating a law to protect religious activities and uphold religious freedom, Christians in […]

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Home of Christian Parliamentarian in Pakistan Attacked by Gunmen

05/11/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to local reports, the home of a Christian parliamentarian in Pakistan was attacked […]

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Justice for Huma

Abduction. Forced conversion. Forced marriage. For many, these are just words. For others, they repre­sent a human rights abuse.

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CSW welcomes ceasefire announcement and calls for progress towards genuine peace

CSW welcomes the announcement of an almost four-month ceasefire by the Burmese military, known as the Tatmadaw, from 10 May until 31 August in order to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Continue Reading

11 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for Christian refugees in Djemah, Central African Republic who remain vulnerable after fleeing rebel attacks. #365prayer

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Cross Removed in Anhui Province, House Church Damaged in Jiangxi Province

05/10/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – Across China, the Chinese government continues its crackdown against Christianity, with ongoing raids, cross […]

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Nationalists in India Use Lynching Allegation to Spread Anti-Christian Hate

05/10/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, radical Hindu nationalists and the media in western India […]

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Armenian Church Targeted in Turkey

05/10/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – The Armenian Patriarchate in Turkey released a statement on May 8th that the Church […]

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10 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for Nigerian youth attending a camp, for children whose parents were killed by Boko Haram. #365prayer

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Appeal Verdicts Expected for Iranian Christians

05/09/2020 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Iran is scheduled to review the cases of several Christian converts from today through […]

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Religious Rights Violations in China Worse than Reported

05/09/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2020 report again put China […]

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New York Times Highlights Plight of Christian Sewer Workers in Pakistan

05/09/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this week, the New York Times highlighted the plight of Christian sewer workers […]

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9 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray for those recovering from past Sudanese Air Force bombings in the Nuba Mountains. #365prayer

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State Department Should Designate India a CPC

05/08/2020 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The U.S. should always lead with its values. Religious freedom is among the […]

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Episode 17: Ready to Die for Christ

Christian author and leader Tom Doyle shares his life-changing experience as a missionary and evangelist to the Middle East.

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Free North Korea Radio Airs Hope and Gospel, Changes Lives

05/08/2020 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern) – Free North Korea Radio (FNKR) is a beacon of light into the darkness […]

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Seminarian Murdered for Preaching Gospel to Captors

05/08/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) –  Earlier this week, a Nigerian gang member who kidnapped a seminary student in January, […]

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USCIRF’s 2020 Report on International Religious Freedom Upgrades India, Includes Algeria

One of the leading global voices on the topic of religious freedom, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom […]

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Algeria Releases Draft Constitution

05/08/2020 Algeria (International Christian Concern) – The Algerian Presidency has released a draft of the proposed constitution, after receiving much […]

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ICC Supports Family in Nigeria After Fulani Attack

On March 5, 2019, Fulani militants attacked a predominantly Christian vil­lage in Nigeria. During the attack, Victoria’s husband, NgeNgher Kwaghkunda, was killed.

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Cleric in Pakistan Touts Use of COVID-19 Aid to Convert Minorities to Islam

05/08/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Church leaders and human rights activists in Pakistan are speaking out against a video […]

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8 May 2020 | 365 Days of Prayer

Pray that God will protect the growing church in Iran from false teaching. #365prayer

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ICC Delivers Medical Service, COVID-19 Prevention to IDP Camps

05/07/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Civil war has torn normal life apart in the borders of Burma for over 60 years.  […]

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Egyptian Christian’s Detainment Extended

05/07/2020 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Egyptian authorities have extended for 45 days the detention of Christian human rights activist, […]

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