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Iraq: Hope for the future
18 December 2014 - Thousands of Iraqi refugees will be celebrating Christmas far from home this year. Despite this, the camp leaders are making this season special for the children in these refugee camps through crafts, events and songs. Father Daniel, who has been looking after the children in a refugee camp in Erbil, says: “I hope that these kids are going to have a new life without any wars, to live in peace, to be educated.” Watch our latest Iraq vlog and meet them for yourself.
Iraq: Hope for the future
18 December 2014 - Thousands of Iraqi refugees will be celebrating Christmas far from home this year. Despite this, the camp leaders are making this season special for the children in these refugee camps through crafts, events and songs. Father Daniel, who has been looking after the children in a refugee camp in Erbil, says: "I hope that these kids are going to have a new life without any wars, to live in peace, to be educated." Watch our latest Iraq vlog and meet them for yourself. Read more
India: Schools told to open on Christmas Day
18 December 2014 - The Indian government has encouraged schools to remain open on 25th December to celebrate 'Good Governance Day', as it is the birthday of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a former Prime Minister from the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). The original document sent to schools informed them that this celebration was compulsory, and that there would be an essay writing competition, with topics released on 23rd December and submissions to be accepted on 25th December. Schools were also told to hold speaking contests, competitions, and film screenings on 25th December.. Read more
North Korea: Getting 'the attention its people so desperately need'
11 December 2014 - Yesterday, 10 December, the British All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (APPG) published a report about the findings of its inquiry into persecution in North Korea. The findings of the group encourage countries around the globe to maintain momentum and public pressure on North Korea so that it can no longer systematically oppress religious freedom with impunity.. Read more
Kenya: Churches closed, Christians executed
10 December 2014 - A church in Kenya has been forced to close after eleven of its members were executed by militants. St. Andrews Anglican Church is in Mandera, on Kenya's border with Somalia. On Tuesday 2 December militants killed 36 quarry workers, nine of whom were members of the church. A week earlier, two church members were among 28 people killed during an attack on a bus on 23 November. Both events were the work of al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group based in Somalia.. Read more
Bhutan: UPDATE - Tandin says "A million thanks for your prayers"
09 December 2014 - Bhutanese pastor Tandin Wangyal appeared before the Samtse District Court on 18 November with his wife and three sons. "My sons have been wondering why I leave them for days," Tandin explained. "So, even though it was a difficult journey for them, I had to bring them to the court hearing at least once. They wanted to know what their Daddy has been going through." Tandin's wife Nengboi and sons Kuenrab and Phuensum were given the chance to speak before the court. "We were unprepared," Tandin said. "But the judge assured us that what my family would say won't be on the record.". Read more
Kenya: Christians killed in massacre
02 December 2014 - Suspected Al-Shabaab militants have killed 36 quarry workers in a town 10 miles from the northeastern town of Mandera, on Kenya's border with Somalia. During the attack, which took place on 2 December, gunmen separated the Muslims from among the workers and then shot dead the Christians. A man who visited the scene of the attack told the BBC some of the victims appear to have been lined up and shot in the head at close range. Some reports referred to decapitations. . Read more
Pope and Patriarch condemn persecution
01 December 2014 - The leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches have condemned violent persecution of many Christian communities in the Middle East. In a joint declaration, Pope Francis and the ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, declared their opposition to the idea of a "Middle East without Christians" and urged the international community not to turn away from those who are being oppressed and driven out of their homes. The declaration said: "We express our common concern for the current situation in Iraq, Syria and the whole Middle East.. Read more