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OVER 70 MPS ATTEND OPEN DOORS REPORT LAUNCH

Over 70 MPs

Over 70 MPs attend Open Doors report launchIn Parliament yesterday at least 74 MPs attended the launch of our latest report, Freedom of Religion and the Persecution of Christians, highlighting the scale and severity of persecution faced by Christians around the world. Jim Shannon MP and Stephen Pound MP both commented on the large number of MPs present, while Angie Bray MP called the event 'brilliant' and 'inspiring'.

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"We thought that we were alone, but I think now that we are not alone. Our brothers and sisters around the world are supporting us, and also the most important thing: Jesus is with us."
- Father Daniel, Iraq
 

North Korea: Many labour camps larger than Auschwitz

27 January 2015 - Jan Vermeer, an Open Doors co-worker who works with our North Korea team, recently visited Auschwitz. As part of his tour, Jan saw the reconstructed toilets in the camp. "This was a building so dirty the SS officers didn't want to go inside," the tour guide told him. "But it was warmer than outside. So the prisoners would prefer to work here and clean it. Immediately, Jan thought of Hea-Woo*, a 70-year-old Christian lady who survived three years in a North Korean labour camp. "Every day was as if God was pouring out all ten plagues on us simultaneously," Hea-Woo has said. "That's how hard it was. But God also comforted me and brought a secret fellowship into existence. Every Sunday we would gather in the toilets and pray.". Read more

 

Saudi Arabia: Flags at half-mast despite human rights record

26 January 2015 - Following the death of King Abdullah on Friday, flags have been flown at half-mast on government buildings in the UK. This has gained widespread criticism given the appalling human rights record of Saudi Arabia, even under the so-called 'reforming' king. Scores of individuals - including prominent politicians - took to social media to question the diplomatic gesture.. Read more

 

Over 70 MPs attend Open Doors report launch

21 January 2015 - Over 70 MPs attend Open Doors report launchIn Parliament yesterday at least 74 MPs attended the launch of our latest report, Freedom of Religion and the Persecution of Christians, highlighting the scale and severity of persecution faced by Christians around the world. Jim Shannon MP and Stephen Pound MP both commented on the large number of MPs present, while Angie Bray MP called the event 'brilliant' and 'inspiring'.. Read more

 

Niger: Churches destroyed in anti-Charlie Hebdo demo

19 January 2015 - Police beleive at least 45 churches in south eastern Niger have been burned down since Friday, when hundreds of Islamist demonstrators took to the streets, angered by a cartoon published by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The houses of Christians have also been attacked, and police report that at least 10 people have been killed.. Read more

 

Persecuted Christians respond to Paris terror

15 January 2015 - As millions gathered in Paris this week in support of 'Liberté, egalité, fraternité', persecuted Christians from around the world share their reaction to the recent terrorist attacks. . Read more

 

Kenya: Pastor killed in church attack

13 January 2015 - Unknown gunmen in Mombasa, Kenya, have killed a pastor, after being prevented from entering a church worship service. The attack took place on Sunday at the Mita Maximum Revival Church that meets in a classroom at the local primary school in the Majengo area. George Karidhimba Muriki, in his mid 30s, was the Secretary and Assistant Pastor of the Mita Maximum Revival Church and a local business man. Witnesses said the two attackers entered the church compound through a sidegate, avoiding two policemen guarding the church. Read more

 

Time running out for the Middle East church, says CEO Lisa Pearce

08 January 2015 - "I haven't seen my daughter since IS took her. I cried and shouted at them - what could they want with a three-year-old? She's just a child." The desperate mother told me her story as we sat on a cold, damp floor in Iraq in November. At Open Doors we estimate that there are over 100 million Christians persecuted for their faith. And each one has a story.. Read more

 
"God has called me to stay here and be his witness. I cannot leave the other Christians behind."
- Eun Hee, Christian martyr from North Korea