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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

 

Pakistan: Open Doors calls for prayer for Asia Bibi

22 October 2014 - Following Asia Bibi's appeal hearing last week, where her death sentence for alleged blasphemy was upheld by the Pakistani High Court, Open Doors is calling on the church to pray and intercede on Asia's behalf as she prepares to take her appeal to the Supreme Court. We are in contact with diplomats around the world to highlight Asia's case. "The international community is already convinced that Asia is a typical case of abuse of the Blasphemy Law and should be released," an Open Doors spokesperson has said. "We need to pray for influential people in this country that they will be able to release Asia and at the same time prevent havoc and targeted attacks.". Read more

 

Nigeria: Attacks cast doubt over truce

22 October 2014 - Doubt has been cast over the Nigerian government's recent claim that they had reached a truce with Boko Haram, following attacks on three villages in Adamawa state on Saturday. Dozens were killed and although Boko Haram have not claimed responsibility, they are the assumed perpetrators. The government have said they will continue to negotiate with Boko Haram, and that they are still hopeful that the Chibok girls will be released.. Read more

 

Nigeria: Chibok girls 'to be released'

17 October 2014 - The abducted schoolgirls from Chibok are to be released after a truce was agreed between the Nigerian government and the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. "They've assured us they have the girls and they will release them," Nigerian presidential aide Hassan Tukur told the BBC. "I am cautiously optimistic.". Read more

 

Pakistan: Asia Bibi's death sentence upheld

16 October 2014 - Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010, failed to successfully appeal her sentence yesterday. "Justice is increasingly in the hands of the extremists," said Naeem Shakir, part of Asia's defence team.. Read more

 

Bhutan: UPDATE - Appeal pushed back

15 October 2014 - Tandin's hearing has been rescheduled to 20 October."I'm hoping that the judge will reduce my sentence to a bailable term," Tandin says. "I don't think that the hearing will take as long as the one in Dorokha local court."Please Pray:That the hearing will not be further delayedThat God will anoint Tandin's words as he speaks in court and give him discernment and wisdomFor the court to come to a favourable decisionThat Tandin would find a trustworthy lawyer to represent him if the Office of the Assembly General decides to further escalate the case.. Read more

 

Nigeria: Remembering Chibok, six months on

15 October 2014 - Six months ago - on 14 April - Boko Haram militants stormed the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State and kidnapped more than 250 girls. Around the world there was outrage and condemnation. People took to social media, filling their timelines with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls. Politicians and world leaders declared that 'something must be done'. And six months later the girls are still missing. 'Will Christ accept me back?' Of the 275 students present during the attack, Open Doors sources say 23 avoided being taken, 16 jumped off trucks as they were taken to the camps and four managed to escape after arrival. Read more

 

North Korea: 'A very urgent time for prayer'

14 October 2014 - After weeks of speculation about his absence, North Korean state media today released images of Kim Jong-Un visiting a housing development and a scientific institute. The images - the first pictures of the leader since 3 September - show him walking with a cane, supporting the theory that he had a leg injury. The images were still photos, and we cannot know for sure when they were taken. And other experienced North Korea watchers have pointed to evidence that things are changing in North Korea. According to experts, while Kim Jong-Un was absent, the other officials who stepped into the limelight failed to give public tribute to their Supreme Leader. 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