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19 August 2014 - Open Doors has stepped up its relief work in northern Iraq in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in the region. Thanks to the generous response to our Iraq appeal, our partners are now providing support to 3,000 fleeing families. An estimated 1.2 million people have now been displaced following the advances of IS into Iraq, many of whom were forced to flee their homes after IS militants told them to convert, leave or die.

"Prayer and giving money often feels like it is too easy, but it's not! It is making a huge difference in places like this"
- Lydia, Open Doors representative visiting Erbil, Iraq

// Iraq: Open Doors steps up aid to Iraq

19 August 2014 - Open Doors has stepped up its relief work in northern Iraq in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in the region. Thanks to the generous response to our Iraq appeal, our partners are now providing support to 3,000 displaced families. "Seeing what is necessary, at present we provide food parcels, containing basic non-perishable foods, like noodles, cooking oil, beans, canned fish and rice," one fieldworker explained. "Next to this we also distribute hygiene parcels which contain toothbrushes and toothpaste, but also soap and disinfectants. Read more


// Nigeria: UPDATE - 87 men and women rescued from Boko Haram

18 August 2014 - UPDATE 18 August 2014 Most of those abducted by suspected Boko Haram members on 10 August have been rescued by Chadian troops, a Nigerian security official has told AFP. The official, who remains anonymous as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said that 65 men and 22 women were rescued, but 30 people are still being held captive by militants. This is contrary to previous reports that only men had been abducted. "The convoy being led by six Boko Haram gunmen was stopped on the Chadian part of the border along Lake Chad for routine checks and the huge number of people in the convoy raised suspicion," the unnamed official said. Read more


// North Korea: China arrests 11 North Korean refugees

18 August 2014 - Eleven North Korean defectors are in grave danger of repatriation, after being detained by Chinese border control units near the border of Laos, according to South Korean news channel, YTN. The group consists mostly of people in their 20s and 30s, including a 4-year-old child. They escaped from Bocheon, Yangkang Province, to Tsiingtao, Shandong Province on 7 August, and made their way to Kunming, Yunnan Province on 10 August. The following day they boarded a bus headed to Laos, but were caught by Chinese border guards at a checkpoint on the morning of 12 August. Read more


// China: Christian lawyer released after three years

18 August 2014 - Prominent defender of persecuted Christians and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Gao Zhisheng, was released from prison last week after his most recent three-year sentence. But doubt remains over whether he will be allowed to leave the country to be with his family in the US. Zhisheng (50) is a Christian lay leader as well as a Beijing-based lawyer. He came to prominence for defending activists and religious minorities before Chinese authorities closed down his law practice in 2005, and arrested him for 'subversion' a year later - a charge often used by China against government critics. After years of disappearance and torture, Zhisheng was finally released from the remote Shaya Prison in Xinjiang on 7 August and went home to relatives, saying his teeth were so loose he could not eat. Read more


// North Korea: Detained Christian granted consular access

13 August 2014 - Detained Korean-American Kenneth Bae has been granted consular access and has met with officials from the Swedish Embassy earlier this week, according to Voice of America. A devout Christian, Bae (45) was arrested in late 2012, and charged with plotting to overthrow the North Korean government. North Korean authorities claimed that the operation was named 'Operation Jericho' - a reference to an Old Testament city conquered when its outer walls suddenly collapsed. The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that Bae was carrying a number of propaganda materials into the North at the time of his arrest. Read more


// Nigeria: Over 100 killed as Boko Haram takes over town

12 August 2014 - Suspected members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram have attacked a town in northern Nigeria, killing over 100 people and burning down churches and other buildings. Their black and white flags now fly over Gwoza, a major town in Nigeria's north-eastern state of Borno. During the attack, hundreds of residents fled to the surrounding mountains, while the assailants fired indiscriminately and burned down churches, shops, houses and government buildings. According to Peter Biye, a Member of Parliament representing Damboa, Chibok and Gwoza, at least 100 people were killed. Read more


// Bhutan: Pastors await verdict

11 August 2014 - UPDATE 11 August: Tandin Wangyal and Thapa Lobzang are still waiting for the court's summons and a final verdict on their case. A local source has told Open Doors that the court is likely to acquit the pastors but is deliberately delaying the case as a way to further harass them and their families. Despite this, the two pastors are thankful for the hundreds of cards and letters of encouragement they've received. "I have never received this many cards in my life," said Tandin. 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