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NEW WORLD WATCH LIST SHOWS GROWTH IN GLOBAL PERSECUTION

A Muslim man has died one month after he was hit by a bullet trying to save Christians' lives. Salah Sabdow Farah passed away during surgery to treat his injury in Nairobi earlier this week. Mr Farah stood alongside a group of Muslims who had refused to be separated from Christians when al-Shabaab militants attacked a bus in Mandera, north-eastern Kenya, in December.

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"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed"
- Psalm 103:6
 

North Korea: 'No one complains about sharing their food'

05 February 2016 - North Korea experienced its most serious drought for a century in 2015. People have been forced to eat grass or catch rats or snakes just to survive. But North Korean believers choose to share the little they have to look after each other. One told us: "Our Christian leaders have been trying their best to take care of our believers including the old, the sick and the orphans, who are our brothers and sisters in Christ. It may be such a burden for them to take care of other neighbours in need in this difficult economic situation. We need to work twice as hard as others and really sacrifice by dividing our living resources. However, no one complains about sharing their food." Read more...

 

North Korea: 'I treat the spies with love'

05 February 2016 - One of our co-workers in China, close to the border with North Korea, is a lady known as 'Mrs Shelter'. She operates one of our safe houses for refugees who make their way from North Korea to China.North Korean refugees can often be found in Mrs Shelter's city. Just sheltering North Korean refugees and sharing the gospel with them puts Mrs Shelter at risk. She has had North Korean spies, pretending to be refugees, come to her home. They could have kidnapped her or even murdered her. But she says: "God grants me supernatural discernment. I can tell if the person is genuine or sent to spy. But I never shy away from serving. I treat the spies with the same love as I do real refugees." Read more...

 

India: Persecuted, beaten, evicted - but still praising God

02 February 2016 - The World Watch List is about the big picture - the facts and figures, the global trends. But the big picture is made up of millions of individual faces. Like Ajay, a young Indian Christian who has experienced 8 years of persecution, yet still says God has blessed him in countless ways. Read more...

 

North Korea: Trafficked woman finds hope in Jesus

02 February 2016 - Min-Hee struggled to provide for herself after her husband was sent to prison. She says: "I met a lady who had an idea for me to make money quickly. She asked me to smuggle some goods, such as a TV, from China. I simply said yes. But China was not what I expected. The lady left me behind by myself. I had no idea where I was and how I could go back to North Korea." Read more...

 

Philippines: Mother's faith blamed for son's death

27 January 2016 - Hannah, a Sama Muslim-background believer from the Philippines, lost her son due to complications in his lungs three weeks ago. When Hannah's Muslim family put the blame on her Christian faith, her move to escape the pressure tragically led to the death of her second child one week later. Hannah is now being ministered to by other Muslim-background believers in the area. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Suicide bomb in Chibok, refugees attacked in Noime

27 January 2016 - The BBC is reporting that suicide bombers have attacked Chibok, killing at least 13 people and injuring over 30. Although it isn't known who carried out the attack, it seems likely that the militant Islamist group Boko Haram may be responsible. Boko Haram previously abducted over 200 girls from a school in the town, prompting the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Meanwhile, around 60 people have been killed and homes have been destroyed in Noime, a village in north-eastern Nigeria, where many internally displaced people had begun to rebuild their lives. Read more...

 

Indonesia: Mob attacks church; tensions rise in Aceh

26 January 2016 - On 17 January, a mob at least 100-strong, armed with machetes and clubs, attacked the Filadelfia Pentecostal Assembly Church in the Kampar regency, Indonesia. The violence took place after the Sunday service. No one was injured, but all of the church equipment was destroyed. And, the Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP) have tried three times to destroy tents being used for worship by church-goers in Aceh Singkil after their buildings were demolished three months ago Read more...

 

Vietnam: Christian refugees granted asylum by Cambodian government

25 January 2016 - On 20 January, the Cambodian government announced that it would process the applications of over 100 Christian Montagnards from Vietnam. Cambodia's Interior Ministry officials announced the new policy following a closed-door meeting with the UNHCR. They have agreed to allow 'more than 100' Montagnards currently residing in the country to remain whist their applications are pending. Read more...

 

Burkina Faso: Seven mission workers amongst dead, two Christians taken hostage

22 January 2016 - On 15 January 29 people were killed, including seven mission workers, when Islamists attacked two hotels and a cafe in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. That same day, a Christian doctor and his wife were kidnapped by militants. Read more...

 

Iraq: Urgent prayer request for northern Iraq

22 January 2016 - Today, Open Doors received this urgent prayer request from one of our contacts in Iraq. People in Erbil are really concerned and afraid that an attack by Islamic State militants may be imminent. 'Just now I heard that a cell of self-proclaimed Islamic State is arrested in Erbil.' Read more...

 

Kenya: Paying tribute to Muslim who saved Christians

21 January 2016 - A Muslim man has died one month after he was hit by a bullet trying to save Christians' lives. Salah Farah passed away during surgery to treat his injury in Nairobi earlier this week. Mr Farah stood alongside a group of Muslims who had refused to be separated from Christians when al-Shabaab militants attacked a bus in Mandera, north-eastern Kenya, in December. Read more...

 

Pakistan: Three attacks against Christians in less than one week

20 January 2016 - Three incidents against Christians in Pakistan have taken place in less than one week. Two churches were set ablaze, one in Manga Mandi and the other in Sandha Phatak, and Christians in a village near Pasrur face false allegations and are intimidated by a mob. Read more...

 

Iran: Saeed Abedini is free!

18 January 2016 - Saeed Abedini has been released from prison! Saeed, an Iranian believer from a Muslim background who also has American citizenship, had been imprisoned since September 2012. He was serving an eight year prison sentence on charges of undermining national security, due to his involvement with house churches. During his time in prison, he suffered serious health issues, physical and verbal abuse and received death threats on account of his faith in Christ. Read more...

 

Freedom of Religion is the canary in the coalmine - and it's dying

18 January 2016 - We are at a unique time in history - with persecution of Christians more broad-spread than we have seen before. It does not respect national borders and is no longer just a problem for people a long way away. We are in unmapped territory - and we should not expect things to change for the better unless we are part of changing the situation. 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