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  • Nigerian teenager, raped in Boko Haram captivity and stigmatised after escaping with her baby, finds healing through trauma care

    23 November 2017 -

    Esther*, a Nigerian teenager who became pregnant when she was raped by Boko Haram militants, has received trauma care and practical support from Open Doors as she begins to heal from her traumatic experiences.

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  • Nigerian girl ‘buries’ father in paper coffin through trauma care

    15 November 2017 -

    A 12-year-old girl from Nigeria, who has been traumatised by not knowing where her dead father is buried, has received trauma care from Open Doors, making him a coffin out of paper to symbolise his burial.

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  • Open Doors partners repair home in Syria that has been in family for 100 years

    14 November 2017 -

    In the parts of Syria that are stable, Open Doors has been able to help some families to rebuild their homes through local partners. Elderly couple Antoom and Basima were able to return to their house in Homs after six years of displacement. Antoom said, “I didn’t expect that we would be able to come back, but we did! I am so happy, this house has belonged to our family for more than 100 years. I thank God for the people who supported us.”

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  • Teenage orphan from Colombia whose parents were killed for their faith uses testimony to encourage others

    06 November 2017 -

    Sofia, a 17-year-old orphan from Colombia whose parents were killed for their faith when she was ten, is using her testimony to encourage others. Sofia says, “I use my story to tell others that, for those who love God, all things work together for good. I try to make people understand that we do not have to turn away from God because of difficult circumstances.”

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  • Persecuted family who witnessed father's murder find hope and healing

    30 October 2017 -

    Wasihun, 11, was just seven when his father, Motuma, was murdered in front of him, for being a Christian. The family gave up hope – sure they could not survive without him. But four years later, with support from Open Doors, the family has provisions, an income and are beginning to heal, though they continue to face persecution for their faith.

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  • ‘Uncontrolled’ growth of Christianity in China makes ‘government nervous’

    24 October 2017 -

    Church leaders and political commentators are warning that 'threatened by the rapid, uncontrolled growth of Christianity, the Communist Party is gearing up for a sweeping crackdown.’

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  • Thousands sign petition to bring hope to the Middle East at Festival of Life

    24 October 2017 -

    Thousands of Christians signed Open Doors Hope for the Middle East petition this weekend (20 October 2017) as they gathered for a night of inspirational worship, prayer and Bible teaching at the Festival of Life, the annual gathering for the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

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  • More Christians are returning home in Iraq 'day after day'

    16 October 2017 -

    Hope remains in Karamles, Iraq, where more people are returning every day, according to Father Thabet who was among the first to return less than a month after Karamles was liberated from Islamic State (IS) militants, one year ago. But the return of families to Christian-majority towns like Karamles has been slower than anticipated. Many still fear for their safety. Both from IS and the effects of the Kurdish referendum.

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  • Unjustly imprisoned in Nigeria by his family for becoming a Christian

    11 October 2017 -

    Bulus* is in prison in Nigeria. His family had him arrested when they found out he was a Christian pastor. Now he’s waiting in an overcrowded cell to have his case heard but it could be up to ten years before there’s any significant progress.

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  • Bishop Gregory Cameron supports Christians in the Middle East and calls on his Diocese to join him

    10 October 2017 -

    Bishop Gregory Cameron, the Bishop of St Asaph in North East Wales, showed his support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, by signing the Hope for the Middle East petition. He also endorsed the campaign to his diocese at their annual conference, inspiring 200 vicars to take the petition back to their churches.

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  • The Jordan boutique restoring Iraqi refugees' dignity

    28 September 2017 -

    Iraqi refugees living in Jordan are being given a sense of dignity through a clothing boutique, in the capital Amman, which 'sells' second hand clothing in a bid to help refugees get back to normal life.

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  • Iraqi Christians fear new violence in referendum vote

    25 September 2017 -

    Less than a year after Mosul and the Nineveh Plains were liberated from self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), Christians fear fresh violence as voters head to the polls for the independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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  • Christian children return home in Karamles, Iraq

    21 September 2017 -

    Christian children and their families have started to return to their homes in Karamles, Iraq, after the village was liberated and self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) were defeated in nearby Mosul.

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  • Christian in Saudi Arabia forced to keep her religion a secret

    14 September 2017 -

    Nawal*, a mother of one, is forced to keep her faith a secret. Completely isolated from other Christians and now married to a Muslim man, she is lonely and afraid.

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  • Schools for displaced Syrian children supported by Open Doors as academic year begins

    04 September 2017 -

    Hundreds of displaced Syrian children in Lebanon are now able to attend school with support from an Open Doors partner as the school year begins.

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  • Open Doors asks the global church to speak out with minorities in Iraq and Syria as Christians begin to repair and rebuild

    31 August 2017 -

    Over 400,000 people from 127 countries have signed a petition calling on world leaders to support persecuted Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq, as part of the Open Doors Hope for the Middle East campaign.

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  • Grandmother forced to live in classroom in DRC as thousands are displaced by Islamic militants

    24 August 2017 -

    Open Doors team members have met a 73-year-old grandmother who has been forced to live in a classroom in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as thousands are forced to flee their homes by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamic militant group.

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  • Healings lead people in Laos to faith in Christ, despite persecution

    18 August 2017 -

    Contacts of the charity Open Doors report that many people in Laos are being healed and coming faith in Christ, despite facing persecution.

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  • Christians expelled from village in India by mob of 2,000 people

    31 July 2017 -

    Fifteen Christians have been expelled from their village in India because of their faith by a mob of 2,000 people from their village and nearby villages.

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  • New CEO joins Open Doors International

    17 July 2017 -

    Open Doors International has appointed Dan Ole Shani to be its Chief Executive Officer. Born and raised in Kenya, a country ranked 18 on the 2017 World Watch List, Dan and his wife Nellie have lived in five different countries with their children where Dan served in international missions work for over 30 years.

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  • Iraqi Christians respond to liberation of Mosul; some are eager to return, but also afraid

    11 July 2017 -

    As the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares victory over the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, Open Doors local partners have spoken to Christians who wish to return to the town, but many are fearful that the ideology of IS may remain, even after the militants are gone.

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  • Christians imprisoned in India see fellow prisoners healed and coming to faith

    07 July 2017 -

    Two Christians in India who were arrested, one on charges of converting people to Christianity, another on false charges of kidnap and assault, have spoken to the charity Open Doors about seeing God use them to bring healing and the love of Jesus to their fellow prisoners.

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  • Welsh Assembly members to speak out for Christians in Syria and Iraq

    28 June 2017 -

    On Wednesday 5 July the charity Open Doors will be taking its Hope for the Middle East campaign to the National Assembly for Wales, in partnership with the Evangelical Alliance Wales.

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  • Six years on - what is life really like inside Syria?

    28 June 2017 -

    Six years of vicious war is taking its toll on Syrians. Areas that have been relatively peaceful (by Syrian standards) have suddenly deteriorated such as Damascus and Daraa.

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  • Christian families from Qaraqosh, Iraq, repair homes damaged by Islamic State

    19 June 2017 -

    One of those who has received support is Najib Ina. His home was used by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) to store all the sand and stones when they were digging a tunnel, and there is a large hole in one of the floors where the tunnel was started.

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"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