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SEE THE INVISIBLE SUFFERING OF WOMEN LIKE AISHA

A mother’s love for her child. It’s powerful. Sacrificial. Unlimited.

But what if you didn’t want that child? What if that child is a reminder of forced marriage and rape?

How do you love that child?

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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
 
  • 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, over 350 killed, 500 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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  • North Korea: Food shortages threaten 'an entire generation of children'

    12 March 2019 -

    Eye-witness encounters and secret reports back up reports of widespread malnutrition in North Korea. "Widespread under-nutrition threatens an entire generation of children," said Tapan Mishra, the UN resident coordinator in North Korea. North Korean food production in 2018 fell to its lowest level for over a decade, according to the United Nations. An estimated 11 million North Koreans - nearly 44% of the population - are undernourished.

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  • The Bible that escaped North Korea

    12 March 2019 -

    This Bible has escaped from North Korea. After nearly 100 years of service, it was given to one of our underground workers in exchange for a smuggled, modern Korean Bible. It's a symbol of faith and perseverance in the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian.

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  • Seen: Lydia, teacher of outcasts in the Philippines

    06 March 2019 -

    Lydia* is a literacy teacher from the Sama tribe in the southern Philippines. But she teaches about Jesus, too - and is helping to restore value and dignity to members of her tribe. The Sama tribe are considered the lowest and least of the 13 Muslim tribes in the southern Philippines. Other tribes will discriminate against Samas, denying them employment and access to communal resources. Sometimes Sama communities will even be raided by other tribes and Samas will be killed – this is partly to steal their resources, such as their boats, but also as a show of strength, to keep the Samas in their place. But for a Sama person to then decide to leave Islam and follow Jesus is seen as a huge betrayal of their identity, so that even other members of their tribe reject them. They will be socially ostracised, mocked and excluded. Christian converts like Lydia become outcasts among outcasts.

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  • Seen: Marta is strengthening the women in her community in Egypt

    06 March 2019 -

    Growing up in rural Egypt, Marta* found that she was on the lowest rung of society – looked down upon both because she was not Muslim, and because she was not male. "You could say that girls here are buried alive," she says. "A girl doesn’t know her rights. She is considered to be worth less than a boy. She doesn’t have the right to speak or to take a decision or to state her opinion freely." Even within the Christian community, women can be perceived to be worth less than men. But then Marta heard about a girls’ ministry run by a local partner of Open Doors. 

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  • North Korea: Pray for lasting change after second Trump-Kim summit

    01 March 2019 -

    A second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Vietnam came to an abrupt halt on Thursday 28 February. Many things remain uncertain - but, like last time, North Korea’s horrendous human rights abuses seem to have been left off the agenda.

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  • Nigeria: Christians hope for long-awaited improvements in their security

    01 March 2019 -

    As Nigeria announces the re-election of Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian Christians are hoping for long-awaited improvements in their security, which previous governments failed to provide. Zoe Smith, Head of Advocacy at Open Doors UK and Ireland, said: "Northern Nigeria’s instability spiralled during President Muhammadu Buhari’s last term in office. Although he has claimed victory in this month’s elections, it is telling that he lost in states like Plateau, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, where Christians have been subjected to horrifying violence in recent years. It is vital that President Buhari uses this new opportunity to robustly address both the Boko Haram insurgency – which he has repeatedly promised to eradicate, to no avail – and the violence between Fulani herdsmen and farmers – which is out of control and becoming increasingly religiously motivated."

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  • See the invisible suffering of women like Aisha

    25 February 2019 -

    Shocking new research from Open Doors shows this double persecution is frighteningly prevalent. Women are twice as vulnerable to persecution as men.

    Worse, their suffering is invisible. Ignored by the world around them.

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  • Iran: Arrests of Christians continue

    20 February 2019 -

    Christians in Iran continue to be arrested, following a major crackdown on believers over the New Year period. Christian leaders in Iran have said that the recent situation is particularly severe. Christians are often charged with being a 'threat to national security', when in reality all they are doing is running house churches and sharing their faith with Muslims from their communities.

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  • Mansuri from Bangladesh: Inspired by Christ

    20 February 2019 -

    "Jesus is my inspiration. He helped the people. I want to do the same, too." This is Mansuri’s* purpose in life. And for Mansuri and her husband Rahim, this means keeping firm in the faith and demonstrating Christlike love, even when faced with persecution and opposition. 

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  • Indonesia: Diva is ‘willing to pay the price’

    20 February 2019 -

    Diva* (19) discovered Jesus when a Christian friend encouraged her to read deeper in the Quran. "In Islam, people are forbidden from talking about Isa (Jesus), despite Him being mentioned all over the Quran," she says. "Only curious, open minds will connect the dots and find Him." And now this courageous young woman is part of a community of believers who are determined to share the Good News, whatever the cost.

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  • Phillipines: Open Doors staff help victims of church bomb attack

    19 February 2019 -

    Open Doors staff are bringing aid to believers in the Muslim-majority region of Mindanao, southern Philippines, after 21 Christians were killed and 81 wounded in bomb blasts at the cathedral in Jolo. As well as visiting victims in the hospital, Open Doors workers are providing financial help to some of the affected families. They are also starting to provide trauma care, focusing on some of the children who were affected.

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  • The recent election period highlights the long term risk to the Christian community in Nigeria

    18 February 2019 -

    The recent election period highlights the long term risk to the Christian community in Nigeria. The large number of Christians in Nigeria makes their votes a powerful political force. At election time, Christians are attacked ahead of the polls and also afterwards, if the outcome is not considered to be favourable.

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  • Central Asia: The Miracle in the Minefield

    18 February 2019 -

    In some Central Asian countries, the Bible is banned. One group of brave Christians tried to deliver Bibles across the border into another country. And they discovered an amazing story of deliverance and protection.

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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