Persecution News

29 July 2014

Sudan: Meriam is free, but the church in Sudan is not

We praise God that last week Meriam Ibrahim and her family were finally allowed to leave Sudan, and arrived safely in Italy. There was widespread media coverage of Meriam's case when she was sentenced to death for apostasy (converting to Christianity) in May, and had to give birth in shackles. While her sentence was overturned following international pressure, she was prevented from leaving Sudan, accused of forging travel documents. Meriam and her family were then forced to take refuge in the US embassy in Khartoum for safety, while Meriam's half brother launched various lawsuits against her... Read more

29 July 2014

Cameroon - Suspected members of Boko Haram kill pastor

Suspected members of Boko Haram have killed Pastor Kesvere Jean Marcel, a missionary connected to the Fraternal Lutheran Church, after abducting him from the north of Cameroon over the weekend. Pastor Kesvere leaves behind a wife and eight children. Two Cameroonian soldiers were reportedly abducted at the same time as Pastor Kesvere. Militants attacked various towns in the north of Cameroon last week, abducting an unknown number of people. They stormed Kolofata late on Saturday, shooting indiscriminately and looting homes, before abducting the Deputy Prime Minister's wife and her maid early on Sunday morning... Read more

28 July 2014

Iraq: What future for refugees?

Faiez* is still angry and traumatised. He can't believe that they really lost everything. He, his wife Hawwa and their four young children fled Mosul after the Islamic State (ISIS) threatened to kill every Christian that wouldn't convert to Islam or pay a high tax. At the checkpoint the Islamic State took everything from them but their clothes. They even took their 9-year-old son's 10p pocket money. "My son was crying and shouting the whole time he didn't see me," Faiez shares... Read more

25 July 2014

Afghanistan: Christian aid workers killed

Two Finnish women who worked for a Christian aid charity have been killed by gunmen in Herat, Afghanistan. Both women had been working in Afghanistan for 16 years. Two men, travelling by motorcycle, shot the two women while they were in a taxi. They died on their way to hospital. Herat is the major city in north-west Afghanistan, and has escaped much of the violence of other regions in recent years. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack... Read more

24 July 2014

Sudan: Meriam Ibrahim leaves Sudan!

UPDATE 24 July: Praise God that Meriam Ibrahim and her family have been able to leave Sudan! They flew to Italy accompanied by Italian minister Lapo Pistelli. He posted a picture with them on his facebook account along with the caption 'mission accomplished'. Please continue to pray for Meriam and her family as they consider their future and recover from the events of recent months. Please also continue to pray for Sudan, which is number 11 on our World Watch List. UPDATE 22 July: The Sudan Tribune has reported that Meriam's family have now brought another lawsuit against her, this time to try to annul her marriage to Daniel Wani... Read more

23 July 2014

Iraq: Monks flee monastery as ISIS' reign of terror continues

Residents of a fourth century monastery were forced to flee after the take-over of ISIS militants on Sunday 20 July. A member of the Syriac clergy said they were told, "You have no place here anymore, you have to leave immediately." According to Agence France Presse three monks, a cleric and a few families who were living there were ordered to leave on foot with nothing but their clothes. They walked several miles before being picked up by armed Kurdish fighters who drove them to the nearby town of Qaraqosh. Qaraqosh is 32 miles from Mosul, where Christians were recently told to convert to Islam, pay a tax, or face the sword... Read more