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Pakistan: Asia Bibi 'extremely sick'

Pakistan: Asia Bibi 'extremely sick'

Asia Bibi, the Christian woman accused of blasphemy against Islam, is reported to be extremely sick. She is suffering from internal bleeding and requires urgent medical attention.

Asia was very ill in June 2015 but recovered a little before her death sentence was suspended in July 2015. However, her health condition is deteriorating. And sources who cannot be named for security reasons, say that she is so weak that she can't even walk properly.

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"We hope in the Lord, He will surely send us help"
- Saraswati, Nepalese Christian
 

Pakistan: Asia Bibi 'extremely sick'

28 July 2015 - Asia Bibi, the Christian woman accused of blasphemy against Islam, is reported to be extremely sick. She is suffering from internal bleeding and requires urgent medical attention. Asia was very ill in June 2015 but recovered a little before her death sentence was suspended in July 2015. The recent decision to suspend her death sentence and reopen her case in Pakistan's Supreme Court means that, until the Supreme Court reaches its final decision, Asia cannot be executed. However, her health condition is deteriorating Read more...

 

Secret believer - 'This training took away my fear'

27 July 2015 - Maryam is a secret believer from the Middle East. She told her story to an Open Doors worker at a discipleship training seminar for secret believers in a safe location. "I want to share and give love. My dream after this training is to have house groups with my family members, friends and colleagues to teach them," she says. Read more...

 

'Dying for Christianity' - Guardian quotes Open Doors

27 July 2015 - "Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments, leading the Pope to warn of 'a form of genocide' and for campaigners to speak of 'religio-ethnic cleansing."That's the conclusion of a major article from the Guardian newspaper, which uses research and insight from Open Doors to paint a picture of persecution around the globe. Read more...

 

Pakistan: Asia Bibi allowed to appeal death penalty

22 July 2015 - Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has been allowed to take her appeal against her death penalty for blasphemy to Pakistan's Supreme Court in the capital, Islamabad, following a hearing today. Until the Supreme Court reaches its final decision, Asia cannot be executed. Read more...

 

Is religious freedom the most important human right?

20 July 2015 - Two pastors facing the death penalty in Sudan, a family fleeing ISIS in Iraq, atheist bloggers in Bangladesh and kidnapped school girls in Nigeria - what do these people have in common? In each case, their right to freedom of religion or belief - the most important human right - is under attack. Read more...

 

Sudan: Update - Defence presented for two imprisoned pastors

17 July 2015 - Lawyers were able to present their defence for Pastor Michael Yat and Pastor Peter Yen Reith on 14 July. The two pastors are accused of crimes against the state, two of which carry the death penalty. The verdict is expected during a hearing on 5 August. Read more...

 

Iraq: Child abducted by Islamic State still missing

17 July 2015 - It will soon be a year since three-year-old Christine was taken from her parents by Islamic State (IS) militants. It will be Christine's fourth birthday on Saturday 18 July. Ayda, her mother, says: "My biggest joy would be when my child Christine would be returning to us. Please tell everyone to pray for Christine and for us, as we are living in the hope that someday Christine will come back." Read more...

 

Ethiopia: UPDATE - Imprisoned believers' hearing delayed

14 July 2015 - On 8 July three believers who have been falsely accused of arson appeared in the Supreme Court in Addis Ababa, expecting the judge to give his final ruling on their case. However, the judge postponed the hearing to 23 October, saying that the judges 'didn't have enough availability to look at the case'. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Church narrowly escapes destruction

14 July 2015 - A church in Jos escaped destruction on Sunday 12 July after a security guard discovered a bomb and disposed of it. "A security guard at the church found a polythene bag close to the choir area in the church suspicious. He immediately removed the bag and threw it over the fence where it exploded without injuring anyone. Afterwards the bomb squad arrived and found another bomb hidden in a bag in the church. They were able to remove it safely," reported an Open Doors source. Read more...

 

Kenya: Workers killed in gun attack

07 July 2015 - At least 14 quarry workers have been killed and 12 others badly injured in a gun attack in Kenya. Suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked a workers' compound in the village of Soko Mbuzi just outside Mandera, on the Somali border in northeastern Kenya. The attack took place around 1 am in the morning. According to the The Daily Nation, "The attackers planted grenades on the doors but most of the people were sleeping in tents outside their houses due to the hot weather. The attackers then hurled a petrol bomb at the tents before shooting Read more...

 

Nigeria: URGENT: Escalating violence in Nigeria

06 July 2015 - Open Doors workers in Nigeria are reporting escalating violence in Yobe state, north Nigeria. This follows the suicide bombing at a church in Potiskum that killed five people. "Reports of churches being burned and 'many Christians' being killed have reached them," reports an Open Doors co-ordinator. "We do not have any more information at this time, but our staff are closely monitoring the situation." Read more...

 

Nigeria: Church bombing kills five worshippers

06 July 2015 - Suspected Boko Haram members performed a suicide bombing at the Redeemed Christians Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe state in the northeast of the country on Sunday. The pastor and four other worshippers were killed, including a mother and her two children. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Rescued from Boko Haram 'by God himself'

06 July 2015 - An estimated 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram, but in May hundreds were set free by the army. An Open Doors worker, Isaac, was able to meet with some of these rescued believers to hear their stories, pray with them, and encourage them that they haven't been forgotten by their global church family. Read more...

 

Iran: Homayoun Shekohi released after 40 months in prison

03 July 2015 - Homayoun Shekohi has been released from prison - praise God! Homayoun was arrested on 8 February 2012 in Shiraz as part of a raid on a house church. He and three others were sentenced to 3 years and 8 months in prison. Homayoun was released on bail on 10 November 2014, but in January 2015 his bail conditions were cancelled and he was recalled to serve the remainder of his sentence, which was due to be completed in October 2015. The three other prisoners were released in December 2014 and January 2015. 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