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IRAQ: OPEN DOORS NOW SUPPORTING 6,000 FAMILIES

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. "I thought the world had forgotten about us," said one family member, "but now I see that you are all thinking of us." You can see Chris's video blog below.
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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

 

5 things you didn't know about persecution in Nigeria

30 September 2014 - 1. More than half of Nigeria's population of 175 million people are Christians. However, most of these Christians live in the south; Christians are in the minority in northern Nigeria. Islam has dominated the north of the country since the 1800s. 2. Islamic law was imposed in 12 of the northern states in 1999. Nigeria is a secular nation, so this is controversial. In the article Islam: Governing Under Sharia, the Council of Foreign Relations says, "Some interpretations [of Sharia] are used to justify cruel punishments such as amputation and stoning, as well as unequal treatment of women in inheritance, dress, and independence. The debate is growing as to whether Sharia can coexist with secularism, democracy, or even modernity. Read more

 

Why should I care about Nigeria?

24 September 2014 - Towns taken over by Islamic extremists. Christians on the run. Killings and abductions. You would be forgiven for thinking this is a description of the current situation in Iraq and Syria, but a horrifyingly similar battle is taking place 3,000 miles away from there, in northern Nigeria. Here, the terrorist group Boko Haram are fighting to create an Islamic state of their own - and it's starting to look like a fight they could win. 2,000 killed this year Boko Haram made the headlines in April after abducting over 200 girls from the mainly Christian enclave of Chibok. Read more

 

Pakistan: Women routinely abducted and forced to convert

17 September 2014 - Between 100 and 700 Christian women 'are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party' every year in Pakistan, according to the Muslim NGO Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP). In its investigative report 'Forced Marriages & Forced Conversions in the Christian Community of Pakistan', MSP explains that there is a pattern to many of these cases: the parents of a Christian victim file a police report, but the abductor's relatives or friends then file another police report on behalf of the abducted Christian woman, claiming that she wilfully married and converted to Islam, and that her parents are now 'harassing' her unlawfully. Read more

 

Syria: Will you stand #WithSyria?

17 September 2014 - Open Doors is joining with a coalition of NGOs to bring the suffering Syrian population back into the centre of the debate, where they belong. The #WithSyria campaign calls on people to stand in solidarity with victims of the Syrian conflict. We have worked closely with the church in Syria to call on world leaders to act now to end the bombing of Syrian civilians. Let's join together and make these calls again, backing the church's call for a ceasefire and protection for all. Please watch the video, sign the petition and pray for Syria and strength for the church there. Read more

 

Bhutan: UPDATE - Pastor to appeal

16 September 2014 - Tandin was released on bail on 15 September, after spending five days in Samtse prison. He is returning to his family in the capital city of Thimphu, and will submit his appeal on 22 September. The court may choose to drag out the case against Tandin in order to harass him and his family. If the court does not overturn the guilty verdict, Tandin will spend three years and eleven months in prison. It is unlikely that his guilty verdict will be overturned. David was released on 12 September after paying his fine. Read more

 

Iraq: Open Doors now supporting 6,000 families

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. "I thought the world had forgotten about us," said one family member, "but now I see that you are all thinking of us." You can see Chris's video blog below. Read more

 

Nigeria: Boko Haram threaten Borno state capital

15 September 2014 - Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno, is being surrounded by Boko Haram according to the Borno Elders Forum, which represents former military and civilian officials in the state. The BBC reports that they were calling on the military to 'fortify' the city to prevent assault 'from all directions' on 11 September. They also warned that people are facing starvation as subsistence farming has been disrupted by the continuing violence. Thousands of people have taken refuge in the city after being forced to flee their villages by incessant attacks from the militant group. 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