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Another Priest in Southern Nigeria Attacked on Highway, Barely Escaped

08/20/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On Thursday 15 August, gunmen, believed to be Fulani militants, ambushed another Roman Catholic […]

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Indonesian Muslim Scholar Calls the Cross “an Element of the Devil”

08/20/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – A Muslim preacher in Indonesia, has sparked religious controversy since a video of him […]

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Church Leaders in Sri Lanka Call for Independent Investigation into Easter Bombings

08/20/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – The Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka has called for an “independent and impartial” […]

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Druze, Christians, Reaffirm Reconciliation

08/20/2019 Lebanon (International Christian Concern) – Escalating tensions between Lebanon’s Druze and Christians were addressed Sunday in Chartoun village, where […]

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Several hundred Christians killed, villages decimated as merciless wave of militant Fulani attacks sweeps northern Nigeria

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Indonesian Christians delighted with twelve new church buildings from Barnabas Fund after quake and tsunami devastation

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Sichuan Church Elder Li Yingqiang Released on Bail

Li Sent Back to Hometown After Eight Months Imprisonment 08/19/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has […]

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Sudan Has Signed Transitional Government Agreement, Appointed Five Civilians to Council

08/19/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Sudan has officially signed the transitional government agreement. Both the Transitional Military Government and […]

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Christian leaders call for freedom of worship in Algeria after another church is closed

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Wall of Church in Central Java Torn Down by Unknown Neighbor

08/19/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The wall of Syaloom Church Bethel Indonesia (GBI) at Solo, Surakarta in central Java […]

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Christian Family “Terrorized” by Extremists for Running Summer Program in Pakistan

08/19/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – A Christian family in Lahore, Pakistan has reported being “terrorized” by local extremists after […]

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Egypt Reinstates Dangerous Radical Islamist

08/19/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Egypt’s President Sisi has reinstated a known Salafist extremist leader, allowing him to deliver […]

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Iraqi Church Defaced by ISIS Rededicated

08/18/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – When ISIS invaded the Iraqi Christian city of Qeraqosh in 2014, they destroyed every […]

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U.S. Baptist Leaders Urge Protection Over Kachin Pastors Who Testified at Ministerial

08/18/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – The two ethnic Kachin pastors who testified at last month’s State Department Ministerial to […]

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Nigeria Farms: One Year Later

08/18/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Last summer, ICC launched an initiative to develop 10 communal farms in Nigeria. Each […]

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Pakistani Christians Appeal to Not Be Defined as Minorities

08/18/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On August 11, National Minorities Day in Pakistan, Pakistani Christians appealed to not be […]

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Somali Christian Woman Beaten and Divorced for Faith in Christ

08/17/2019 Somalia (International Christian Concern) – A Christian woman (name not given for security) in Kenya was beaten and thrown […]

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Iran Institutes “Cleansing Procedure”

08/17/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Iran has announced a “cleansing procedure” within its judiciary system, which is dominated by […]

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Interfaith College Group in Indonesia Seeks Permission to Fight Radicalism

08/17/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – As radicalism continue to rise in Indonesia, an alliance of interfaith student groups at […]

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Sudan Protest Groups Name Civilian Prime Minister, Takes First Steps Since Deal Agreed

08/16/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Sudan’s Forces for Freedom and Change and other parties have agreed on a civilian […]

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Church leaders in the Philippines lament “ideology of death” after pastor killed

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Four Christians in Nepal Arrested for “Preaching Christianity”

08/16/2019 Nepal (International Christian Concern) – According to The Annapurna Express, four Christians in Nepal have been arrested and charged […]

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Churches in Northern Philippines Ask Military Not to Visit Them

08/16/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Pastors in the northern Philippines have told the military to stop paying visit to […]

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Young Christian in Sri Lanka Assaulted by Radical Monks

08/16/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this month, on August 4, a young Christian belonging to the Methodist […]

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Egyptian Christians Angered over TV Remarks

08/16/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  A terrorist attack earlier this month which targeted a cancer institute in Cairo shocked […]

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A Slow Strangulation: Turkey’s Disappearing Christian Leadership

A melody is slowly quieting in Turkey. For centuries, the soft chanting of psalms flowed across churches flooded with worshipers.

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UN Warns of Rising Threat to Children in Mali

08/14/2019 Cameroon (International Christian Concern) – Mali has been a hotbed for violence and extremism for many years now. In […]

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Church in Bogor with Canceled Permit Might Reopen This Year

08/15/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – A church in West Java whose permit was canceled by the government in 2011, […]

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Small Church Destroyed in Apparent Arson in Southern India

08/15/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On Monday, August 12, a small church made of wooden poles and thatch was […]

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Turkey Issues Veiled Threat Towards Greek Christians

08/15/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  The Daily Sabah, a Turkish government run news agency, has run yet another article […]

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ICC Rescues Christian Farmer Following Arson Attack

08/15/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In August, Izak saw his neighbor running toward him, shouting that his barn was […]

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Christians Face New Threat Along the Boni Forest in Nigeria

On July 12, 2019, in the Maleli village of Nigeria’s Lamu County, Benson Karisa Shida, a Christian crop farmer, was attacked by the nomadic Orma herders who are a predominantly Muslim sect.

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Christian Communities Shaken by Series of Attacks in Southern India

In July, International Christian Concern (ICC) recorded six attacks on Christians in just one state in India. The attacks recorded included beatings, threats, vandalism…

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Boko Haram Maimed 8 Christian Women During Attack on Cameroonian Village

08/14/2019 Cameroon (International Christian Concern) – On July 29, Boko Haram attacked the village of Kalagari in Northern Cameroon. During […]

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Do Not Forget Missing Chinese Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

August 13, 2017 was the last day that the prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was seen at his cave dwelling in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi.

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Extremists Attack Parish House in Southern Pakistan and Demand Priests Vacate Muslim Neighborhood

08/14/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On August 2, two young priests, named Fr. Anthony Abraz and Fr. Shahid Boota, […]

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Basra Church Opens, but Where are the Christians?

08/14/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Basra’s Virgin Mary Chaldean Church last held a service in 2005, when most of […]

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House Church in Yunnan Raided by the Authorities

08/14/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – House churches across China continue to be harassed by the government during their activities. […]

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Legalisation of churches in Egypt slows as Christian leaders say rules are too stringent

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Boko Haram Kidnapped Nearly 1 Person a Day in Niger this Year

08/13/2019 Niger (International Christian Concern) – It has been reported that Boko Haram has kidnapped 179 people in Niger this […]

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Christian Dalits Appeal for Equal Benefits

08/13/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Christians and Muslims belonging to the socially poor Indian Dalit caste gathered together on […]

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Single Christian Mothers in Iran Say #MeToo

“Single moms are looked upon as prostitutes. Society doesn’t care for them. They are outcasts, someone to be used. It is different in Iran than other parts of the world…”

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Malaysia Decides to Make Learning of Khat Elective

08/13/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – After many have criticized the plan of Malaysia’s Education Ministry to teach khat—the calligraphic […]

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Church Leaders Gather in Damascus

08/13/2019 Syria (International Christian Concern) –  The heads of Syrian Christian churches have concluded a meeting in Damascus, where the […]

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The Aftermath in Sri Lanka: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 08/13/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – It is rare […]

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Plea for prayers for jailed Pastor Wang Yi as Chinese authorities “disregard” his defence team

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Gang of Buddhist monks viciously beat Bible college student in Sri Lanka

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Sichuan Church Condemns Forced Lawyer Appointment

Imprisoned Pastor Wang Yi Continues to Face Legal Persecution 08/12/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has […]

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Philippines on alert over warnings IS-linked terrorists plan to bomb churches in the north

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Human Rights Watch Report Shows Eritrea Still Violating Human Rights Consistently

08/12/2019 Kenya (International Christian Concern) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report last Friday showing that Eritrea continues to […]

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BJP-Led Government to Introduce Anti-Conversion Bill to Indian Parliament

08/12/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Media sources in India have learned that the BJP-led government is preparing to introduce […]

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Philippines Receives Warnings of New IS-linked Group

08/12/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Philippine security officials have been placed on heightened alert following a report that a […]

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Iraq’s Christians Left Out of Judicial System

08/12/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Iraq’s legislature is currently considering a proposal which would require that Supreme Court decisions […]

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The Aftermath in Sri Lanka: Part 1

08/12/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Easter morning, in all of its reverent, bustling glory, was in full swing at […]

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Local Residents Stop the Construction of Church in Central Java

08/11/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The construction project of an Indonesian Baptist Church in the Tlogosari Wetan area, Semarang, […]

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Armenian Church Requests Election Dates

08/11/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – The Armenian apostolic church in Turkey has officially requested permission from Turkey to hold […]

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China Plans to Deport More Than 60 North Korean Defectors

08/10/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Radio Free Asia reports that China has detained about 60 North Korean defectors and […]

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Iraq’s Government Again Fails Christians

08/10/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Earlier this week, the Iraqi Army swept into the Nineveh Plains in an attempt […]

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Pastor in Northern India Dragged from House Fellowship and Beaten

08/10/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On 28 July, individuals believed to be radical Hindu nationalists disrupted a private prayer […]

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Modi urged to take action against violent extremists after brutal attack on prayer meeting in India

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Mob of Nationalists Attack Christian Wedding in India

08/09/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, a Christian wedding in India was brutally attacked by […]

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Brave Muslims Save 20 Christians from Al-Shabaab Attack in Kenya

08/09/2019 Kenya (International Christian Concern) – Al-Shabaab was planning yet another attack on Christians in Northern Kenya. The plan was […]

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Interfaith Group in Malaysia Protests Mandatory Teaching of Jawi

08/09/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – After the education ministry’s announcement that it will introduce Arabic script in the Malay […]

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ICC Provides Relief for Beating Victims

08/09/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Arjun and his family were brutally attacked by a mob after Arjun refused to […]

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Vandals Target Church in Turkey

08/09/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  St. Theodoros Trion Church in central Turkey was targeted yet again by vandals. The […]

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Christian Arrested for Sharing Christian Literature in Nepal Released

08/08/2019 Nepal (International Christian Concern)- A 73-year old Christian, Cho Yusang was released from jail in Nepal on August 7, […]

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Abandoned Egyptian Woman Stands for Her Faith

Family life is difficult in Egyptian villages. Small homes crowd around the desert country’s only water source, the Nile, eliminating privacy.

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Sudan Reopens Case Against 9 Pastors under False Allegations

08/08/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – As the whole world watches what is happening in the government in Sudan, between […]

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USCIRF Commissioner Calls for Release of Chinese Christian

08/08/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – On August 5, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCRIF) Commissioner Gary Bauer, called […]

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Authorities Close Algerian Church

08/08/2019 Algeria (International Christian Concern) –  Authorities sealed yet another church in Algeria on Tuesday. The church is affiliated with […]

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NIGERIA: Leah Sharibu’s Mother Sends Message to President Buhari

Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu has pleaded with the federal government to intensify efforts towards her daughter’s release from Boko Haram captivity. Rebecca who made the call last Wednesday in an interview said, “I still plead with the federal government, organisations and individuals to intensify efforts for the release of my daughter, Leah, […]

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PAKISTAN: Young Christian Boy Beaten to Death by Muslim Employer

Badil, a ten-year-old Christian Pakistani boy, was working at a factory to care for his mother and two brothers, was raped and tortured by his Muslim employers before he finally died on 10 July. His employers, Mohammed Akram and Irfan, were arrested in Sargodha after being charged with his murder on 14 July in Rasheedabad, […]

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CHINA: Exorbitant Fines Imposed on Landlords of Religious Venues

A new strategy has raised the level of fear among the church in China. Anyone renting to a house church can be punished with a steep fine – up to $45,000. The measure, supported with much publicity, has left many churches homeless. A Christian from an impoverished household in Luanchuan County used to host small […]

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Attorney Beaten After Christians Arrested During Wedding

08/07/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – A Christian Indian attorney by the name of Harjinder Singh represents 10 Christians who […]

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Another Attack Targets Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria

Three Young Men Wounded During Fulani Militant Ambush 08/07/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has […]

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Pastor Killed, Wife Abducted While Travelling to Capital in Kaduna State

08/07/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On Sunday evening, Pastor Jeremiah Omolara of Living Faith Church was attacked while driving […]

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Huoshi Church in Guizhou Raided Again

08/07/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Huoshi Church in China’s Southwest Guizhou province was raided again by the police on […]

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Iraqi Christians Remember Genocide

08/07/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Today marks the anniversary of the 1933 massacre of Iraqi Christians in Simele. Estimates […]

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Lee Yeon Soo’s Destiny: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 08/07/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “I fasted and […]

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One Month Since Eritrea Closed All Catholic Run Health Facilities

08/06/2019 Eritrea (International Christian Concern) – It has been just over a month since the government in Eritrea seized control […]

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No Summer Camps for Young Chinese Catholics

08/06/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – In summertime, churches around the world traditionally host summer camps or Bible school for […]

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Christians in Egypt stage sit-in after church closure forces yet another funeral to be held on streets

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Christian street preacher awarded £2,500 by police for wrongful arrest in London

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Lee Yeon Soo’s Destiny: Part 1

08/06/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Lee Yeon Soo grew up learning Juche in North Korea. It was a man-centric […]

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Iraq Partially Recovers Embezzled Reconstruction Funds

08/06/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Iraq’s Integrity Commission has announced the recovery of 11 billion dinars ($838,355 USD) which […]

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Barnabas sends urgent aid to Christians, including 433 children, in danger of being killed by terrorists in Mali

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Hashid Militia Violently Resists Iraqi Army in Nineveh Plains

Attempt to Change Military Power Leads to Violence in Christian Areas of Iraq 08/05/19 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International […]

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Myanmar Villagers Released After Six Months of Captivity

Arakan Army Releases Captives Following Confidential Negotiations 08/05/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned […]

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No Update On Detained ERCC Christian After Eight Months

08/05/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – After her husband was arrested in the December 9th crackdown last year, the wife […]

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Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: July

Iraq faced heavy international pressure during the month of July to disentangle from Iranian influence.

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Pakistanis Protest the Demolition of 150 Christian Homes

08/05/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- On August 3, 2019, Christians in Hyderabad, Pakistan living near the railway line in the […]

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Sudan Military and Civilian Protesters Sign Constitution; No Mention of Religious Freedom

08/05/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Sudan has been a military dictatorship for more than 30 years, as the head […]

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Egypt Rules on Sale and Destruction of Churches

08/05/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Some local news in Egypt are reporting a judicial decision which bans the sale […]

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Christians Arrested in Shenzhen for Selling Audio Bible Players

08/04/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Seven employees at Shenzhen Cedar Electronics in China’s Guangdong province were arrested on July […]

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Small Solution to Discrimination Case in Egypt

08/04/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this year, an Egyptian Christian soldier who died in the line of duty […]

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ICC Provides Shelter for Persecuted Family in Kenya

08/04/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Patrick, his wife Makena, and their children were driven out of their home in […]

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Priest Killed in Southern Nigeria by Unknown Gunmen

08/04/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Father Paul Offu, the parish priest at St. James Greater Parish in Ugbawka, Enugu […]

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Pastor Beaten by Hindu Radicals, Officials Refuse to Register Case

08/04/2019 India (International Christian Concern)- On June 23rd, eight young Hindu radicals attacked a pastor who was delivering Christian pamphlets […]

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Protestant Pastor Shot Dead in Southern Philippines

08/03/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – A pastor from the United Church of Christ in Philippines (UCCP) was killed in […]

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Five-Year Anniversary of ISIS’s Rise

08/03/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Today marks the five-year anniversary of the invasion by the Islamic State into the […]

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Pakistani Christians Lament the Forceful Conversion and Marriage of Young Girls

08/03/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Benish Imran, a 14-year old Christian Pakistani girl was kidnapped, and forcibly married and […]

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Bangladeshi Christians Demand the Return of Stolen Land

08/02/2019 Bangladesh (International Christian Concern)- On July 31st, in the Bangladeshi town of Bandarban, priest, nuns and lay Catholics, staged […]

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Chinese authorities remove words Bible, God and Christ from classic children’s stories in school textbook

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Philippine Catholics Stand Behind Bishops Accused by President Duterte

08/02/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – About 3,000 church workers, students and parishioners from a northern Philippines archdiocese carried placards […]

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The Possibility of ISIS 2.0: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 08/02/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Fire is not […]

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Iraq Establishes Reconstruction Trust Fund

08/02/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Iraq and the United Nations signed a memorandum on August 1st which establishes a […]

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Young Christian Boy Beaten to Death by Muslim Employer

08/01/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Badil, a ten-year-old Christian Pakistani boy, was working at factory to care for his […]

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China Continues to Prevent Imprisoned Pastor from Meeting His Lawyer

08/01/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Imprisoned Pastor Wang Yi from Sichuan’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) still has not […]

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Prayer Focus Update – August 2019

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Egyptian Grave Robbers Steal Christian Coffin

08/01/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Graver robbers in Sharouna, a village south of Cairo, targeted the tomb of a […]

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The Possibility of ISIS 2.0: Part 1

08/01/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Miles of bountiful wheat fields spread across Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, promising a fruitful harvest […]

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PAKISTAN: Islamic Holidays Bring Extra Attention to New Christians

A young Pakistani man who came to Christ was murdered shortly after an Islamic holiday. Gohar gave his life to Jesus after listening to a Christian radio broadcast and his whole life changed. “Thank God I left Islam. I want to bring more people to Christ,” Gohar told a member of the radio program’s follow-up […]

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CHINA: Schools Urging Kids to Report Christian Relatives

The Chinese government continues to tighten its grip on Christianity by actively discouraging young people to engage in aspects of faith. Under the last year’s new Regulations on Religious Affairs legislation, school children are even encouraged to report any family members who espouse Christian views. The new policy has created fierce rifts amongst families, as […]

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Indian Christians Falsely Accused of Bribing Converts

07/31/2019 India (International Christian Concern)- In a continuation of attacks on India’s small Christian community, Vasudev Devannai, a member of […]

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Myanmar’s Highest Buddhist Body Calls Ultranationalist Monk Group ‘Illegal’

07/31/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – The government-appointed council, Myanmar’s highest Buddhist body declared a hardline monk organization an illegal […]

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4 Teens and 1 Adult Killed by Military during Protest in Sudan

07/31/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Protests started again in earnest in Sudan this week. On Monday, a group of […]

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Turkey’s Fires: Arson or Negligence?

07/31/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – An investigation into the cause of multiple fires that recently threatened Christian villages in […]

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ICC Provides Rent Assistance for Former Islamic Extremist

Dadang* used to be a radical Muslim consumed with hatred and zeal. He fervently supported a caliphate type of government in Indonesia.

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Beijing Pastor Petitions for His Daughter’s Rights to Leave China

07/30/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Pastor Jin Mingri (Ezra) from the now banned Beijing Zion Church sent out another […]

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Christian Prayer Service in Pakistan Attacked by Mob

07/30/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On July 23, Internal Salvation Church, a church located in Bhiki village in the […]

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Elderly Nigerian imam given award for saving 262 Christians from Muslim extremists

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ICC Provides Sewing Training in Myanmar

07/30/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Displaced Christians in Myanmar face countless obstacles as they attempt to earn a living. […]

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One Year Prison Sentence Against Iranian Christian

07/30/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  A 65-year-old Iranian woman named Mahrokh Kanbari was sentenced to a year in prison […]

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More Than a Dozen Killed in Continued Islamic Extremism in Burkina Faso, Christians Remain Frightened

07/29/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On Thursday 25, July 2019, in the evening, about 20 individuals attacked the village […]

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Bantul Government Revokes, Cancels Protestant Church’s Permit

07/29/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Following protests from local residents, the regent of Bantul H. Suharsono officially revoked and […]

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Church in Pakistan Continues Worship in the Face of Terrorist Threats

07/29/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Pastor Naveed Azeem, head pastor of an Assembly of God Church in Karachi, continues […]

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Six Christian Villages Nearly Turned to Ash in Turkey

07/29/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Successive fires over the weekend burned in southern Turkey, specifically threatening six Syriac Christian […]

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Iranian Christians Refuse Court Appointed Lawyer

07/28/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Last year, Iran’s judiciary released a list of 20 state approved lawyers who would […]

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Reaching the Darkest Corners by Way of the Bravest People

07/28/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – ICC operates in the darkest corners of the world, where Christianity is hated both […]

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Expert Claims 70 People Have Been Killed by Pakistan’s Notorious Blasphemy Laws

07/28/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – In an interview with the Catholic News Service (CNS), Peter Jacob, the Executive Director […]

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Children’s Bible more powerful than Muslim Evangelism

Last November, more than 20 children from the Borana Oromo tribe in northern Kenya pledged to return to Islam after Muslim evangelists brought them lollies, but days later Christian workers arrived with children’s Bibles. The workers led five donkeys loaded with the Bibles through thick forests and across rivers to reach the village of Uran […]

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From our CEO: August 2019

Dear Friends, The work of pastors and evangelists in countries where Christian acts of faith are restricted, remains daunting and very challenging. We hear story after story of pastors and believers being attacked or their places of worship being burned or demolished, often as a result of being falsely accused of illegal activity. Frontline workers […]

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Saved through Persecution in Laos

Mee, an evangelist in southern Laos, was cooking in her small outdoor kitchen when she was approached by a man who confessed to attempting to kill her husband Vang some years previously and, through the experience, found Jesus. The man was a sniper with the country’s communist government and was sent to shoot Vang for […]

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Beaten Body, Bold Witness

In 2016 Pastor Kabir was dragged off a bus on his way home from church and brutally beaten while attackers repeatedly asked him to deny Christ. During the attack he stood firm in his faith, continually saying, “I am going to serve the Lord only.” Pastor Kabir finished leading a prayer service at Saviour’s Church […]

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State-backed Chinese Catholic Churches Refute Religious Freedom Violations

07/29/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – State-vetted Chinese Catholic bodies and other officially sanctioned religious organizations have refuted the claim […]

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Christian Relatives of North Korean Defector Killed for Sharing Gospel

07/27/2019 North Korea (International Christian Concern) – At the State Department’s religious freedom ministerial last week, a North Korean defector […]

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Minister of Minority Affairs Claims Reports of Lynchings Were Fabricated

07/27/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, India’s Minister for Minority Affairs and a member of the Bharatiya […]

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Iraqi Chaldean Church Distances from “Christian Militias”

07/27/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  The U.S. announcement of Iraqi Magnitsky sanctions, which included Rayan al-Kildani, has made significant […]

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Bombed Philippine Church Reopens With Re-dedication Ceremony

07/26/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – A cathedral targeted in a suicide bombing attack in southern Philippines that killed 20 […]

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India’s Unregistered Churches Caught in the Crosshairs

“For the first time in 45 years, I feel like I don’t have the right to live as a Christian in my own country,” Pastor Sheeja Thomas, a house church leader in Hyderabad, India, told International Christian Concern (ICC).

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Nigeria’s Government Ignores Warnings of Violence

07/26/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern)- In light of recent and gruesome attacks in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, Nigeria’s former president has […]

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New Evidence Links Government to Armenian Genocide

07/26/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Researchers uncovered new documents that suggest the 1915 Armenian genocide was assisted by leaders […]

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Chinese Court Upholds Pastor John Cao’s Prison Sentence

Sentence Upheld After Repeated Delays on Appeal Hearing  07/25/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned […]

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Eritrean Authorities To Close Christian Operated Clinics

07/25/2019 Eritrea (International Christian Concern)- Earlier this month, Eritrean authorities closed the last remaining Christian health facility in Zager, in […]

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Muslim Hard-liners Prevent Church in Jakarta from Holding Service

07/25/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Despite having the required government permit, a protestant church in Jakarta has not been […]

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Christian Teen in Pakistan Falsely Accused of Crime to Cover Up Sexual Assault

07/25/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Suneha Sajid, a 14-year-old Christian girl, was falsely accused of stealing gold worth about […]

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Christian Arrested Upon Return to Iran

07/25/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  A 58-year-old Iranian convert to Christianity who fled her country was denied asylum in […]

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ICC Supports Displaced Women and Children in Nigeria

07/25/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In Nigeria’s Benue State, thousands of Christians have been displaced from their homes due […]

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PAKISTAN: Christian Woman Killed for Refusing to Convert to Islam

Saima Sardar, a resident of a Christian-majority neighbourhood in Faisalabad, was reportedly shot and killed on 10 July by Muhammad Waseem, a Muslim man, after she refused to convert to Islam and marry him. According to local reports, Saima worked as a staff nurse at a local district hospital where she was murdered. A few […]

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CAMEROON: Boko Haram Displaces Thousands

Boko Haram has been wreaking havoc and destruction across northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger for over a decade. Earlier this month, the terrorist group again attacked a group of villages in northern Cameroon, displacing as many as 1,100 Christian families. This attack took place on 10 July in […]

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IRAN: Government Concerned with the Growth of Christianity

Iran’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, has openly expressed concern about the spread of Christianity in the Islamic republic. According to the International Shia News Association, Alavi blamed “evangelical propaganda” for the increase in Iranian Muslims converting to Christianity in Iran.  Despite Christianity being criminalised in a country where the government is entangled with hard-line Islam, […]

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CHINA: Pastors Told What to Preach

Officials in China’s third largest province are trying to persuade pastors to include communist ideology in their weekly sermons. The same officials are also forcing pastors to affirm traditional Chinese beliefs, such as ancestral worship, that conflict with Scripture. At issue is the approval of pastors within the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the government-approved Protestant body that faces […]

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Indonesia To Set Up Counter Violent Extremism Strategy

07/24/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – According to the head of Indonesia’s anti-terror chief, the country is setting up a […]

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Kachin Pastor Shares His Ordeal in Prison

At the Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, hosted by the State Department last week, a pastor from Myanmar’s Kachin ethnic group recounted his ordeal…

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India’s Supreme Court Grants Bail to Second Orissa Prisoner

07/24/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – India’s Supreme Court has granted bail to Bijaya Sanaseth, one of seven Christian prisoners […]

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Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch Antonios Excommunicated by Bishops for “Heresy”

07/24/2019 Eritrea (International Christian Concern) – In a surprising turn of events, the leading Bishops in the Eritrean Orthodox Church […]

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Iranian Christian Banned from Social Activities

07/24/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Earlier this year, Iranian Christian Convert Fatimeh Bakhteri lost her appeal against a one-year […]

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Project: ABC Discipleship Training School

The Chinese church is under some of the greatest persecution in the past 50 years. Despite this, thousands of Chinese are converting to Christianity each day. The church needs more trained leaders to continue advancing the underground church and to guard against heresy. VOM Australia, is partnering with World Compassion to supply foundational Christian teaching […]

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Project: Motorbike for Sam

Recently, with the help of our supporters, Voice of the Martyrs was able to provide a motorbike for Sam, a frontline worker in Indonesia. Every Sunday at 10am, Sam and his church members gather for a Sunday meeting.  In addition, Sam leads a cell group of 25 members, around 15km from his home.  Sam also […]

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Project: Support for Five Pastors in Brunei

In 2019, with the help of our supporters, Voice of the Martyrs is providing support for five pastors in Brunei, a country where Christian evangelism is prohibited. Currently, there are only 20 legally registered churches and no new church buildings are allowed. House churches are becoming the most effective way for Christians to meet and […]

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The Ottoman Cross: Update on Religious Freedom in Turkey

By Colton Grellier and Alyssa Heisey Turkey, for over a millennium, has been the bridge between the European West and […]

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Boko Haram Displaces Thousands in Northern Cameroon

07/23/2019 Cameroon (International Christian Concern) – Boko Haram has been wreaking havoc and destruction across northern Nigeria and the lake […]

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Indonesian Couple Behind Philippine Church Bombing

07/23/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday, Indonesian police announced that a married Indonesian couple was behind a suicide […]

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Copts Hold Funeral in Street – Again

07/23/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Coptic Christians living in the village of Kom Al-Raheb have once again been forced […]

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Jailed Chinese pastor facing second charge as six other Early Rain Church members seek asylum in US

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Christians escape with lives as Boko Haram militants step up attacks on northern Cameroon villages

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Philippine Police Seek Sedition Charges Against Clergy, Duterte Critics

07/22/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Last week, Philippine authorities filed charges of inciting sedition, cyber libel, libel and obstruction […]

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Priest and Passenger Attacked in Enugu, Nigeria

07/22/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – PunchNG has reported that another priest has been attacked while travelling in Nigeria. The […]

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Jailed Iranian Christian Granted Conditional Release

07/22/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Iranian Armenian Sevada Aghasar was granted a conditional release from Evin Prison and released […]

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Christians Brutally Attacked in Jharkhand

07/22/2019 India (International Christian Concern)- Last Sunday, on 14 July 2019, Christians were seriously injured in an attack in Belchori […]

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Mending India’s Church: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 07/22/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The faith of […]

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Christian woman who endured ten days of interrogation in Iran due to face court

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CHINA: Sentencing of Pastor John Cao set for 25 July

The Pu’er Intermediate People’s Court in Yunnan province will declare the sentence of Pastor John Cao on 25 July at 10am Beijing Time. Pastor John Cao served as a missionary in Myanmar’s Wa State, transforming the lives of more than 2,000 impoverished minority children by building 16 schools and worked to fight poverty in the […]

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Iranian Christian Receives Court Summons

07/21/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  An Iranian Christian convert, Mahrokh Roksare Kanbari, has received a summons to appear in […]

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The Dismal State of Religious Freedom in Pakistan

This week, US President Donald Trump will meet with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Mending India’s Church: Part 1

07/21/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Humming machines knit together bro­ken pieces of fabric, the machine pedals pumping rapidly. Coimbatore, […]

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Vice President Pence: The U.S. Will Press DPRK on Religious Liberty

07/20/2019 North Korea (International Christian Concern) – In his address at a ministerial meeting at the State Department on religious […]

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Turkey Retaliates in Iraq at Christians Expense?

07/20/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  A Turkish diplomat was assassinated Wednesday at a restaurant in the capitol of Iraq’s […]

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Son of Slain Governor Claims ‘There are 200 More Asia Bibis’ in Pakistan

07/20/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Shaan Taseer, son of the assassinated Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, claimed that there are […]

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Ugandan MBB Widow Forced to Flee Home by Angry Community

07/19/2019 Uganda (International Christian Concern) – Morningstar News has reported on another woman in Uganda who has been chased away […]

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Jailed Pastor Wang Yi Faces New “Illegal Business” Charge

07/19/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – According to pastor Wang Yi’s lawyer Zhang Peihong, in addition to being charged for […]

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Syrian Christian woman gang raped and stoned to death in Idlib by Islamist rebels

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Cross put back on Assyrian church in Iran, but Christians remain barred

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Persecution Preparedness Training: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 07/19/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Recently, ICC trained […]

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US Sanctions Iraqis for Human Rights Abuses

07/19/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Global Magnitsky Sanctions against four Iraqis on the […]

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Sri Lankan Christians Have ‘No Hate in Their Hearts’

07/19/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – “They have no hate in their hearts,” Yamini Ravidran, a Christian activist from […]

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Sudan’s Military Council and Protesters Officially Sign Deal

Constitutional Talks to Take Place on Friday, July 19 07/18/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) […]

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Why Does American Media not Report about Africa?

07/18/2019 Africa (International Christian Concern) – Isha Sesay, writer of the new book, “Beneath the Tamarind Tree”, a book about […]

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Pakistani Christian Girl Killed for Refusing to Convert to Islam

07/18/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Saima Sardar, a female resident of Daudnagar, a Christian-populated neighborhood in Faisalabad, Pakistan, was […]

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Pakistani Christian Woman Killed for Refusing to Convert to Islam

07/18/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Saima Sardar, a resident of a Christian-majority neighborhood in Faisalabad, was reportedly shot and […]

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Discriminated in Death: Egyptian Christian Soldier Pays Ultimate Sacrifice

The memory of Christianity is all that is left in the Egyptian city of al-Arish, a Sinai village once home to approximately 450 Christian families.

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UN: U.S. Travel Ban on Myanmar Generals Not Enough

07/18/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – On July 16, the State Department said that Burmese army chief Min Aung Hlaing, […]

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Persecution Preparedness Training: Part 1

07/18/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Imagine you’re sitting in church. The service proceeds as it normally does, with your […]

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Pro-Iran Media Rewrites Persecution Incident

07/18/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Iranian state media is back peddling following an international outcry which resulted in the […]

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PAKISTAN: Pastor Acquitted of Blasphemy Charges

Jadoon Masih, a Pentecostal pastor who was arrested two years ago on charges of blasphemy, was acquitted on 12 July by the High Court in Lahore. Before his arrest, Masih was a pastor at Nasiri Pentecostal Church. While this is good news for Masih and the Christian community of Pakistan, the potential for mob violence […]

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INDIA: Christian Families Forced to ‘Reconvert’ or be Banished

Twelve Christian families in eastern India have been faced with an ultimatum by village leaders. They can ‘reconvert’ to the Sarna tribal religion or they can be forever banished from Mahuatoli village, located in the Gumla District of India’s Jharkhand state. The trouble started last month when, on 14 June, a mob attacked the 12 […]

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SYRIA: Bomb Attack on Qamishli Church

On Thursday 11 July, the Syriac Orthodox church of the Virgin Mary in Qamishli, North-east Syria, was targeted in a car bomb attack. Although there were no known fatalities, state media reported that 11 civilians were injured and that the church and nearby properties sustained material damage. The attack on the church, which is in […]

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Christian Woman Stoned to Death in Syria

Autopsy Reveals Gang Rape Prior to Death, Islamic Terrorists Blamed 07/17/19 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) […]

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Fulani Militants Behead Father and Child During Series of Attacks in Nigeria

07/17/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) –Fulani Militants have again invaded multiple communities of Bassa Local Government Area, Nigeria. During one […]

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High Court Appeal for Paskitani Pastor Accused of Blasphemy Postponed for the Seventh Time

07/17/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On June 18, Zafar Bhatti, a Christian pastor who was falsely accused of blasphemy […]

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