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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.

"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


Iraq: Christian refugees 'have lost everything'

31 October 2014 - Three months after Islamic State (IS) militants took over the city of Mosul, causing many thousands of people to flee, Open Doors worker Sara* travelled to the Kurdish town of Erbil to visit refugee camps where local churches are providing aid with the support of Open Doors. "I visited a number of camps in the Christian neighbourhood of Ankawa," she said. "There I saw that some people are trying to make something of their lives, while others are still in shock.". Read more


Bhutan: UPDATE - Rebuttal to Tandin's appeal

27 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: 90 more abducted, 17 killed

27 October 2014 - Suspected Boko Haram members have abducted scores more people in Nigeria. The latest attack saw 30 young people taken from Mafa, a village about 30 miles east of Maiduguri.The chief of the village, Alhaji Shettima Maina, said "[The insurgents] took all boys aged 13 and over... and all girls aged 11 and more. According to our information, 30 young people were abducted in the last two days." The abductions were accompanied by a series of violent attacks on several towns which started Thursday evening and went on until Saturday evening. Maina said at least 17 people were killed in the attacks.. 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

"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