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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

 

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

 

Nigeria: Chibok girls missing for 150 days

11 September 2014 - Today it is 150 days since 275 girls were abducted from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram, on the night of 14 April. Although 47 of these girls have managed to escape, the others remain captive. One of the girls was able to hide a mobile phone in her clothes and called her parents after she escaped with some others. The girls had no idea where they were. Their parents told them to continue walking west every evening, in the direction of the setting sun, and eventually they made it to the Cameroon border and were reunited with their families. The escaped girls said that they were raped almost every day. Read more

 

Iran: Imprisoned Pastor faces 18 new charges

10 September 2014 - Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani is facing 18 new charges, according to reports coming out of Iran. Pastor Irani (43) was initially arrested in 2006, and sentenced in 2011 to six years imprisonment in Ghezal Hesar prison in Karaj. His health is weak and he has been held for long periods in solitary confinement. In June Pastor Irani was taken from the prison and temporarily held in solitary confinement in an Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security detention centre. On five occasions he faced four-hour periods of interrogation. 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