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IRAQ: 'I SEE YOU ARE ALL THINKING OF US'

16 September 2014 - Thanks to the incredible response to our Iraq appeal, Open Doors is now supporting over 6,000 displaced families in Iraq, through our local partners and churches on the ground. Open Doors contacts Chris* from Germany and Sara* from the Netherlands recently travelled to Iraq to visit Christian families forced to flee the terror of the Islamic State. "Many refugees are trying to pick up the thread of their lives as much as possible," Sara reported. "Some people are trying to make something of their lives, while others are still in shock.
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"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
 

Ten Questions: Iraq

Special Feature - Ten things you need to know about the situation in Iraq with the Islamic State. How did they gain power? Where did they come from? How many people have been affected? What is Open Doors doing about the situation and how can I help? Get informed and get involved. Read more

 

Kenya: Pastor killed in riots

20 November 2014 - At least three men, including a local pastor, have been killed by Muslim youths in riots in Mombasa. The attacks took place on 17 November, and appear to have been in revenge for police raids on two mosques earlier that day. Young men armed with machetes and other crude weapons attacked people who were waiting at bus stops in the Kisauni slums, which are known for being a hotspot for radical Muslim activities. Pastor Joshua Muteti was killed by a blow to the back of the head in front of his wife and three other women; the women were unharmed.. Read more

 

North Korea: UN calls for regime to face trial

19 November 2014 - A UN committee has called for the North Korean regime to face the International Criminal Court over alleged crimes against humanity. The UN general assembly's human rights committee passed a resolution urging the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court, and calling for targeted sanctions against those responsible.. Read more

 

Bangladesh: Pastors granted bail

19 November 2014 - Two Bangladeshi pastors have been released on bail after they were arrested during a baptism in the northern district of Lalmonirhat. On 9 November, locals were outraged after they discovered the pastors were holding a meeting to educate Muslim background believers about their Christian faith and conduct a baptism, and the meeting was mobbed by around 200 Muslims. Police intervened and arrested the 45 people attending the meeting. All were released that night except for the two pastors.. Read more

 

Nigeria: 'Mubi taken back from Boko Haram' claims government

18 November 2014 - The Nigerian government claim to have recaptured Mubi from Boko Haram militants, with the help of local hunters and vigilantes. Reuters reports that Adamawa State Governor Bala Ngilari has said "The insurgents have been flushed out of Mubi and are on the run." The militant group had captured Mubi, Adamawa State's second largest town and commercial hub, at the end of October, and renamed it 'Madinatul Islam', which means 'City of Islam'. Prior to the attack on Mubi, the town had served as a safe haven for those fleeing attacks in places such as Gwoza, Madagali and Gulak.. Read more

 

Mexico: Three more Acteal prisoners released

13 November 2014 - The Acteal Massacre occurred on 22 December 1997. 45 people were killed, including 21 women and 15 children. The murders, triggered by a local conflict between members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party and supporters of the Zapatista rebels, resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of 98 men. However, the arrests were made in response to international outrage at the government's inaction, and the majority of those convicted were innocent peasants who had been falsely charged with the murders. 30 of those arrested were Christians.. Read more

 

North Korea: American prisoners released

10 November 2014 - North Korea has released its last two American prisoners, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller. Matthew Miller (24) was sentenced to six years' hard labour after apparently ripping up his passport in Pyongyang Airport and demanding asylum. Kenneth Bae (46), a missionary from Lynnwood, Washington, had been sentenced to 15 years' hard labour for crimes against the state after being arrested in November 2012. 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. Read more

 

Kenya: Letters bring joy to believers in Majengo

07 November 2014 - After the attacks on the Majengo Salvation Army Church last year, we asked you to pray for the church and write to encourage believers there. You faithfully responded to that call, and an Open Doors worker was able to present the church with a package of letters and cards from around the world. One church member, Jeremiah, responded: "You have made us proud to be one in Christ with you and we wish to extend our great love and prayers to all who have touched our hearts. God bless you all.". 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