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Tunisia: God protects Maysam from attack

"A month after my conversion my family discovered it. My brothers even threatened to kill me." This is the story of Maysam*, a believer from a Muslim background in Tunisia. When her family discovered her faith, they put her under house arrest and stopped her from attending university. "'You will stay at home, you are not worthy to study,' my parents said. My sister beat me, my mother tried to break my glasses. They locked my in the room of my parents."

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

Algeria: Churches still fighting for freedom of worship

29 April 2016 - Churches in Algeria are facing intimidation and harassment, despite constitutional provisions guaranteeing freedom of worship in the country. On Sunday 24 April, 2016, a church in Maatkas, in the north-eastern province of Kabylie, was ordered to cease all religious activities on the grounds that it was in breach of a 2006 law which regulates non-Muslim worship.The authorities have threatened to commence legal proceedings against the church if Christian worship continues in the building currently being used by the church. Read more...

 

Middle East: Nurah's calling to serve the secret church

29 April 2016 - Nurah* is an Open Doors worker in the Middle East, providing secret discipleship training for believers from Muslim backgrounds. "Gathering for Bible study is not allowed in our country," Nurah explains. "We will even get in trouble if anyone finds out we have a Bible for ourselves." Despite the great risks she takes to carry out this work, she sees how valuable it is. "I see how lives are changed when people start living with God and that's the most beautiful thing I could wish for." Read more...

 

Egypt: Article on Christian love reaches millions

29 April 2016 - On 9 April 2016, Egypt's most popular paper contained an article with a difference. Written in bold was the title, Love in Christianity.In Egypt, preaching the gospel publicly remains a crime that can lead to imprisonment. Despite this, the article's author, a well-known and respected Muslim journalist, dedicated a full page to 50 Bible passages on love, which included other themes such as forgiveness, peace, and Jesus' sacrifice. Read more...

 

Malaysia: Right to convert challenged

28 April 2016 - The ‚ÄčNational Registration Department (NRD) has challend the decision of the High Court of Sarawak to allow Rooney Rebit to officially change his religion to Christian on his identity card. Rebit was born into a Christian family but converted to Islam by his parents when he was 8. He later converted back to Christianity as an adult. There is a high chance that the decision of the High Court will be reversed, disallowing Muslim converts to officially change their religion. Read more...

 

Sudan: Human rights under review amid continued violations

28 April 2016 - On 4 May, Sudan will be reviewed for its fulfilment of and commitment to its human rights obligations through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism of the United Nations' Human Rights Council. The review will take place amid concerns over continuing violations of human rights in Sudan. During Sudan's previous UPR in 2011, shortly before South Sudan seceded, the government received seven recommendations pertaining to Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB) to improve the human rights situation. Read more...

 

Tunisia: God protects Maysam from attack

25 April 2016 - "A month after my conversion my family discovered it. My brothers even threatened to kill me." This is the story of Maysam*, a believer from a Muslim background in Tunisia. When her family discovered her faith, they put her under house arrest and stopped her from attending university. "'You will stay at home, you are not worthy to study,' my parents said. My sister beat me, my mother tried to break my glasses. They locked my in the room of my parents. "But as she slept, imprisoned in her own home, she recalls hearing the voice of the Lord: "Don't think that you are alone; I am always with you." Read more...

 

Iran: Imprisoned mother's story - the power of prayer

21 April 2016 - Being incarcerated for your faith is one thing, but how do you prepare your child for the day that it happens... An Iranian mother in full-time ministry shares her story. 'I knew the day would come - the day they would take me and my husband to prison. We started preparing our daughter for persecution... 'Don't worry,' we told her, 'the Bible tells us it is normal to be persecuted.'' Read more...

 

Nigeria: Yola in danger of attack today

20 April 2016 - Open Doors field staff in Nigeria have asked for urgent prayer after residents of six Christian communities in Yola, Adamawa State, received written warnings that Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen will attack today.Women and children have fled into the bush, and armed Christian men are reportedly heading to Yola to defend the town. Read more...

 

Tanzania: Evangelist Mathayo killed in riots over halal meat

18 April 2016 - Since 2007, the town of Buseresere has been the centre of tensions over the unwritten law that only Muslims are allowed to slaughter animals and all meat must be halal. The issue has caused riots which led to the death of evangelist and father Mathayo Kachilla. Open Doors has been supporting his widow and their children through the local church. Read more...

 

Nigeria: 2,000 attend Chibok memorial event

15 April 2016 - A memorial event took place yesterday at the ruins of Chibok State Secondary School, where over 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants on 14 April 2014. Over 2,000 people attended the event under heavy security, including the parents, a minister representing President Buhari, who was out of the country, and Borno State governor Kashim Shettima. Read more...

 

Iran: A prayer request from prisoner Ebrahim Firouzi

15 April 2016 - Ebrahim Firouzi, a Christian prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj in Iran, has appealed for prayer for Christians and churches in his country. On 21 August 2013 Ebrahim was arrested with two friends during a raid by security officers. He had also been detained in 2011 and earlier in 2013 because of his Christian activities. At the end of April 2015 Ebrahim was sentenced to five years in prison. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Doubts over footage of Chibok girls

14 April 2016 - A video claiming to show 15 of the abducted Chibok girls alive in December 2015 has been received by the news outlet CNN. CNN say they received the footage from someone 'close to negotiations' between the government of Nigeria and Boko Haram for the release of the Chibok girls. In the video, 15 girls line up against a wall and state their names and answer questions from a man off-screen. They say the date is 25 December 2015. The person who passed the video on to CNN, who remained unnamed, said the video was provided as a requested 'show of good faith'. However, there are doubts over the video's authenticity. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Over 50 parliamentarians attend UK report launch

13 April 2016 - On 13 April at least 51 MPs and six peers attended the launch of an Open Doors report in parliament, highlighting the violent persecution regularly faced by Christians in northern Nigeria.The launch was hosted by Fiona Bruce MP. Also in attendance were Hilary Benn MP, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Desmond Swayne MP, the Minister of State for International Development, and Chuka Umunna MP. Peers who attended included Baroness Berridge and the Bishop of Coventry. Read more...

 

Syria: Rebuilding life in al-Qaryatain

11 April 2016 - The Christian town of al-Qaryatain was liberated from IS last week. After the town was overrun by IS in August 2015, some 21 Christians were murdered out of 300 Christians who were trapped in the city, according to the head of the Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II. 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