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Iraq: ISIS Slaughters 231 People in Mosul Including Women and Children

June 11, 2017
The Islamic State killed children as they try to run to safety with their families.  Reports noted that thousands of trapped civilians are trying to make it to safety toward Iraqi government forces, who have the city surrounded, but IS militants are slaughtering all men, women and children who attempt to flee. 

Egypt: Young Christian Woman Kidnapped by Muslims

June 11, 2017
Suzan, a young Coptic woman remains missing after her disappearance last week. The alleged abduction would be the third kidnapping in a predominantly Christian town, since the accidental shooting of a Muslim on May 30. Two other young Coptic Christian women disappeared without a trace after the May 30 incident. The families of the women suspected to have been kidnapped have received no communication from alleged kidnappers. 

Philippines: Attacks Against Christians Continues to Increase

June 10, 2017
The conflict in Marawi has raised fears that the Islamic State group’s violent ideology is gaining a foothold in this country. The city’s minority Christians have been singled out for execution. One group of 10 Christians told him they had been taken hostage when the fighting started. Militants beheaded two of them and were preparing to kill the rest when an airstrike hit a neighboring house, enabling them to escape.

Iraq: Christian Girl Abducted by ISIS is Reunited With Parents After Three Years

June 10, 2017
Christina Abada, who is about to celebrate her sixth birthday, was welcomed home to her family after almost three years in captivity. She seems quite healthy. It is believed she must have been in the house of a family who took good care of her. She was even wearing gold earrings, so it must have been a wealthy family. Although everybody was very happy, it was also sad to see that Christina herself is in shock. People are speaking to her, but she does not say anything back. 

Conference Details Injustice Christian Women Face Around the World

June 7, 2017
215 million Christians experience persecution in more than 50 countries, more than half of them are women. According to the organization, Christian Women Under Pressure for their Faith, who held an international conference in Belgium, women suffer disproportionately and often in silence. Christian women need the help and support of the international Christian community. 

India: Christians Submit Complaint Over Textbook Calling Jesus a Demon

June 7, 2017
Chapter 16 in the textbook is titled 'teacher-student relationship in Indian culture'. Jesus Christ is quoted as saying, 'My followers are much greater than me and I am not worthy enough to be even their shoes.' The religious leaders pointed this out to the chairman of GSSTB and chairman of National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions and sought removal of this from the textbooks. Still, the children in class IX are reading this.

U.S. House Passes Bill to Provide Aid for Persecuted Middle East Christians

June 7, 2017
This bill will help displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians. It would allow the Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide support to groups and organizations that are helping minority groups who have been forced to leave their homes because of the terror of the Islamic State. The bill now needs to pass through the Senate. It will then be sent to President Trump for signing.

Middle East: Half of Syria and Iraq’s Christians have left since 2011

June 5, 2017
Three years to the day since the Islamic State group took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul, a new report estimates that 50-80% of the Christian populations of Iraq and Syria have emigrated since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. However many of those who remain want to play their part in rebuilding the shattered societies of Iraq and Syria. 

India: Children Arrested for Going to Vacation Bible School

June 5, 2017
Indian authorities detained a total of 71 children who were on their way to a Christian summer camp. Although the children belong to Christian families, the state claims they "attempted conversion" into the faith. The children were eventually released to their families.  The situation reveals the persecution Christians in India face from their own government. Hindus often use violence and fear to pull people back into their faith, and usually go unpunished.

Pakistan: Christian Sewage Worker Dies After 3 Muslim Doctors Refuse to Help

June 5, 2017
Irfan and two other Christian sanitary workers were ordered to unblock sewerage lines. They were not provided with any protective gear. Due to a poisonous gas leak, all three men fell unconscious. Three Muslim doctors refused to treat the men until their sludge-covered body had been washed. They said their Ramadan fast would be invalid because he was “unclean” and also belonged to a low caste. Two of the men are in critical condition and Irfan has been pronounced dead. 

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