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IRAQ: SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF 'THE THEOLOGY OF RAPE'

IRAQ: SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF 'THE THEOLOGY OF RAPE'

A hard-hitting article in the New York Times has drawn widespread attention to the systematic use of rape by Islamic State (IS). The article went so far as to call it a 'Theology of Rape' and gave many examples of the terrible treatment of captives from the Yazidi community. But the violent and abusive treatment of women by Islamic extremists is not limited to Iraq, nor is it just Yazidi women and girls who are targeted. In Nigeria, Boko Haram militants forcibly marry their captives.

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

Ethiopia: Enthusiastic young believers attacked and arrested for outreach

25 August 2015 - A group of 15 young believers travelled 430 km from Addis Ababa to the Eastern Ethiopian town of Karamile in the Muslim majority area of Oromia state to meet other Christian youngsters and do outreach work.The group encountered trouble on their first day when a group of local people who were opposed to their evangelism efforts physically assaulted two of the girls in the group. Police intervened but instead of taking action against the aggressors they arrested and jailed all of the 15 visiting youths. Read more...

 

Poland office brings Open Doors full circle

24 August 2015 - Sixty years ago, Brother Andrew went to Poland where, for the first time, he encountered Christians from the persecuted church. It was a visit which was to change his life, and which was to lead to the foundation of Open Doors. Amazingly, today Open Doors has a base in Poland. And in this land which was once a hotbed of persecution, thousands of Christians are praying, giving, and raising their voices for the persecuted church. Open Doors Poland celebrates its fifth anniversary this year Read more...

 

Iraq: Supporting victims of 'the theology of rape'

18 August 2015 - A hard-hitting article in the New York Times has drawn widespread attention to the systematic use of rape by Islamic State (IS). The article went so far as to call it a 'Theology of Rape' and gave many examples of the terrible treatment of captives from the Yazidi community. But the violent and abusive treatment of women by Islamic extremists is not limited to Iraq, nor is it just Yazidi women and girls who are targeted. In Nigeria, Boko Haram militants forcibly marry their captives Read more...

 

Nigeria: Comfort is coming to the Greatest Adventure

18 August 2015 - We've got some good news and some bad news, as they say. The bad news is that one of our speakers, Nigerian widow Rahila*, is unable to join us for The Greatest Adventure, our 60th Anniversary Celebration. Sadly she is not very well, and has been in hospital recently, so please do pray for her. However, the good news is that we will be joined by Comfort*, another widow, and a survivor from a Boko Haram camp. Comfort was born in north east Nigeria, in Garkida, Adamawa state Read more...

 

Egypt: Travel to Egypt with Open Doors

18 August 2015 - At a time when Christians continue to be harrassed, discriminated against, and accused of blasphemy in the law courts, visiting and meeting persecuted believers is the most effective way to discover the issues they face, whilst demonstrating your support for them. Travelling with Open Doors gives you a unique opportunity to encounter Christians from the persecuted church and understand their world Read more...

 

Syria: 22 Assyrian Christians released by Islamic State

12 August 2015 - 22 Assyrian Christians who were captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in February have been released, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has been told by what it claims is a 'reliable source'. Read more...

 

Sudan: UPDATE - Travel ban appeal considered

11 August 2015 - The lawyer responsible for defending the two South Sudanese pastors who were freed last week after months in detention in Khartoum has downplayed the decision by airport authorities to prevent them from leaving the country. "It will take some few days for the pastors to leave the country, but we are working on procedures to let them travel," Ahmed Sabair told Radio Tamazuj. Read more...

 

Syria: Islamic State capture 'dozens' of Christians

07 August 2015 - 230 people, including dozens of Christians, have been captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) from the city of al-Qaryatayn, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). SOHR say that 'reliable sources' have informed them that some were taken from the Dar Alyan monastery. The head of the monastery, Jacques Mourad, was captured in May. Read more...

 

Iran: Christian prisoner released

05 August 2015 - Alireza Seyyedian, a Christian prisoner in Iran, has been released. Alireza was one of those featured in last year's Open Doors prayer campaign for Iranian prisoners. Many of you remembered him in your prayers - we are so grateful, and delighted that he has been released. He was arrested on 14 March 2012 when attempting to escape from Iran to Turkey. A member of the 'Church of Iran', Alireza had previously been convicted on charges of 'propaganda against the regime' and 'acting against national security'. He was sentenced to six years' imprisonment, 90 lashes and a fine Read more...

 

Pakistan: Asia Bibi 'extremely sick'

28 July 2015 - Asia Bibi, the Christian woman accused of blasphemy against Islam, is reported to be extremely sick. She is suffering from internal bleeding and requires urgent medical attention. Asia was very ill in June 2015 but recovered a little before her death sentence was suspended in July 2015. The recent decision to suspend her death sentence and reopen her case in Pakistan's Supreme Court means that, until the Supreme Court reaches its final decision, Asia cannot be executed. However, her health condition is deteriorating Read more...

 

Secret believer - 'This training took away my fear'

27 July 2015 - Maryam is a secret believer from the Middle East. She told her story to an Open Doors worker at a discipleship training seminar for secret believers in a safe location. "I want to share and give love. My dream after this training is to have house groups with my family members, friends and colleagues to teach them," she says. Read more...

 

'Dying for Christianity' - Guardian quotes Open Doors

27 July 2015 - "Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments, leading the Pope to warn of 'a form of genocide' and for campaigners to speak of 'religio-ethnic cleansing."That's the conclusion of a major article from the Guardian newspaper, which uses research and insight from Open Doors to paint a picture of persecution around the globe. Read more...

 

Pakistan: Asia Bibi allowed to appeal death penalty

22 July 2015 - Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has been allowed to take her appeal against her death penalty for blasphemy to Pakistan's Supreme Court in the capital, Islamabad, following a hearing today. Until the Supreme Court reaches its final decision, Asia cannot be executed. Read more...

 

Is religious freedom the most important human right?

20 July 2015 - Two pastors facing the death penalty in Sudan, a family fleeing ISIS in Iraq, atheist bloggers in Bangladesh and kidnapped school girls in Nigeria - what do these people have in common? In each case, their right to freedom of religion or belief - the most important human right - is under attack. 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