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SEE THE INVISIBLE SUFFERING OF WOMEN LIKE AIzAh

Aizah faced extreme violence and rejection from her family when she gave her life to Jesus. As a woman, she was doubly vulnerable to persecution. Yet today Aizah has overcome all this to become an inspiring leader in her own right, providing protection, support and encouragement to other women like her.

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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
 
  • Update: Suicide attack averted in Diffa, Niger

    14 June 2019 -

    A suicide attack was averted in the Diffa region of Niger before Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman, and then returned her with a letter telling all the Christians living in that area to leave the town within three days or be killed. 

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  • Government uses Open Doors figures to highlight persecution

    12 June 2019 -

    A new report from the Foreign Office has placed freedom of belief at the very heart of promoting human rights and democracy. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights and Democracy report focuses especially on the persecution of Christians and uses figures from Open Doors as evidence for its case. Read more

     
  • Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt writes to Esther in Nigeria

    29 May 2019 -

    Open Doors worker Hanna* visited Esther recently to deliver some of your letters and cards, including one from an unexpected and astonishing corner... Watch Esther receive your cards and letters in this heart-warming new video!

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  • Found by God in Libya: Maizah's story

    29 May 2019 -

    Maizah* is a courageous Christian from Libya, whose search for God began when she was very young. See the story of how she found God - and God found her - in this beautiful animation. 

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  • India: As Modi wins a second term, Christians continue to pray for their country

    23 May 2019 -

    Open Doors local partners in India are asking the worldwide church to join them in prayer as the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) returns to power. Local church leaders told Open Doors contacts that the BJP government has already created a lot of problems for them in their work, and Indian Christians fear that the marginalisation of the country’s minorities will intensify.

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  • Prayer request for Christians arrested in Eritrea

    16 May 2019 -

    Please pray for 141 Christians in Eritrea who were arrested by security agents last week (Friday 10 May) in Eritrea's capital city Asmara.

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  • Sri Lanka update: 'My son was mine for 13 years, but he is the Lord's forever'

    10 May 2019 -

    On Easter Sunday, the children and teachers of Zion Church’s Sunday school in Sri Lanka were on their way back to the main service for breakfast when a bomb was detonated – one of the six attacks that took place across the country, targeting both churches and hotels. Among those who lost their lives were 13-year-old Jackson and his Sunday school teacher and aunt, Verlini. Verlini’s husband, Ranjith, also died. Open Doors field workers, including Tala*, visited Arasaratnam Verl – Jackson’s father and Verlini’s brother.

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  • Open Doors calls on the Home Secretary to stop the deportation of Pakistani Christian Azeem Wazir

    10 May 2019 -

    Azeem Wazir left Pakistan in 2015 in fear of his life after a fatwah was issued against him due to his protesting against the blasphemy law and his involvement in the campaign 'Stop Killing Christians'. Azeem was taken to Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre on 1 May 2019, without warning, and detained - he now faces deportation on Friday 10 May and is appealing against it. Please pray for God's intervention.

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  • Praise God! Asia Bibi has left Pakistan!

    08 May 2019 -

    God is good! Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who spent eight years in prison on blasphemy charges and six months in protective custody following her acquittal, has finally left Pakistan to be reunited with her family and start a new chapter in her life. 

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  • ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Our response to the government’s report on Christian persecution

    03 May 2019 -

    "Enough is enough – it is time the world woke up to the fact that persecution is happening every day. Everyone, no matter what their faith, should be free to worship without fear." - Henrietta Blyth, CEO of Open Doors UK and Ireland

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  • Sri Lanka: Courageous faith rising from the ashes

    02 May 2019 -

    Thank you for standing with your brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka in prayer and practical support. In the midst of the heartache and grief, there is still courage and hope: your gifts will provide long-term trauma care and counselling, and help families who have lost their main breadwinner to survive. We’ll support approximately 250 families in the affected areas. And this is entirely due to you. 

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  • No retreat, no surrender: Living courageously for Jesus in Algeria

    02 May 2019 -

    Fight or flight? What’s your natural response when you face opposition? If your faith came under fire, would you stand your ground? For Muslih*, a secret believer in Algeria, following Jesus is a daily battle, but retreating is not an option. "When you are in a war, when you run, you turn your back on the enemy and they shoot you," he says. "We’re in a battle and it’s better to keep the weapons and go to the front, maybe we can reach our goal. For sure we will have less chances when we retreat."

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  • Aizah’s story: “When I became a Christian, Dad threatened to kill me”

    26 April 2019 -

    Aizah faced extreme violence and rejection from her family when she gave her life to Jesus. As a woman, she was doubly vulnerable to persecution. Yet today Aizah has overcome all this to become an inspiring leader in her own right, providing protection, support and encouragement to other women like her.

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  • Please pray with the church in Sri Lanka

    25 April 2019 -

    Please pray with Christians in Sri Lanka at this time, where bomb attacks on Easter Sunday have left over 350 dead and many more wounded. You can also download a free prayer resource to help you and your church pray.

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  • Sri Lanka: Open Doors visits victims of Easter bombings

    23 April 2019 -

    Open Doors co-worker Liyoni reports from the Zion church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, where Open Doors workers are on the ground after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at an Easter Sunday service. 

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  • Sri Lanka latest: Eight explosions, hundreds killed and wounded, thousands of lives destroyed

    23 April 2019 -

    Sri Lanka was rocked by some of the deadliest Easter attacks on Christian targets in history. Three churches and three hotels were initially bombed, at least one of them by a suicide terrorist. Two other explosions took place later.

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  • Prince Charles highlights persecution of Christians in his Easter Message

    20 April 2019 -

    Writing in The Telegraph today, Good Friday, HRH Prince Charles highlighted the persecution faced by Christians worldwide as well as those of other faiths who are targeted for their beliefs.

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  • Foreign Secretary writes to Brother Andrew

    20 April 2019 -

    To mark the end of Lent, the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has written 40 letters to persecuted Christians, church groups and leaders from across the globe. And the first letter he wrote was to Open Doors founder, Brother Andrew.

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  • Watch Open Doors CEO Henrietta's interview on TBN.

    18 April 2019 -

    Watch Open Doors UK CEO Henrietta Blyth on TBN UK this Easter Sunday as she shows her handmade petition – a piece of cloth with an “I see you” writing and her name on it – for our See. Change. campaign for women who are persecuted for their gender and their Christian faith.

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  • 'Give us Peace' - an Easter Prayer from Nigeria

    17 April 2019 -

    In this special Easter prayer, Aisha and Esther from Nigeria help us to remember the millions of persecuted Christians around the world who need protection at this time. They also remind us that Christ's 'death and resurrection from the dead has given us victory'. This Easter, please pray and remember Christians all around the world who are celebrating the victory of love and life over the forces of death and darkness. 

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  • Nigeria: Standing with the Chibok parents five years on

    10 April 2019 -

    Five years ago, some 230 girls were abducted by Boko Haram extremists from Chibok Secondary Girls' School. Some escaped during the kidnapping or very shortly afterwards. Others have been released. But over 100 girls remain in captivity. Ever since that night, Open Doors has been supporting the Chibok parents with emergency relief and spiritual care. Your support has enabled us to provide them with food and medicine, trauma care, prayer and encouragement – and has kept their hope alive. 

     

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  • Pastor Raymond is ‘victim of enforced abduction by the State’

    04 April 2019 -

    The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) has released its final findings and decisions on the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh, Joshua & Ruth Hilmy and Amri Che Mat. Susanna Koh, wife of Pastor Raymond, said of the findings, "This is the beginning of our fight for religious freedom and human rights. We want to see the people involved be investigated and brought to justice. It is a process, it will take time." 

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  • There's a change in my husband: When God restores family

    01 April 2019 -

    When your family is ripped apart, how do you go back to normal? This is a question Charity faces after she was abducted by Boko Haram when they attacked her village. Her husband managed to run away, but Charity was held captive by Boko Haram for three years. When she returned home with a baby girl, her husband beat her and rejected baby Rahila. She and her daughter now live in an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp. But God has not forgotten Charity or Rahila - He is slowly healing both them and Charity's husband.

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  • Learning to love my baby: When God restores hope and identity

    25 March 2019 -

    Esther has no idea who her baby’s father is. So many men raped her while Boko Haram held her captive, that it could have been any of them.

    A Christian doctor helped Esther escape when she was seven months pregnant with Rebecca. But she didn’t receive the welcome home she might have hoped for.

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  • Syria: Staying behind to dispel the darkness

    14 March 2019 -

    "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." (Matthew 5:14)

    Pastor Abdalla from Aleppo, Syria, and his church have embodied the words of Jesus, bravely choosing to stay behind despite the chaos to be a beacon of light in the darkness. And, thanks to the incredible response to Open Doors' Syria Christmas appeal, they have been empowered to do just that, and are continuing to bring hope, light and life to their community.

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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