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Egypt: Church Bombing Took Christian Girl’s Father but Not Her Faith

August 17, 2017
Marian, a 15-year-old Christian, recently told how her father died in her arms after an ISIS-linked suicide bomber entered the church service. The December attack left 25 dead and dozens injured, making it the deadliest attack on Egypt's Christian minority in years. Marian says her faith has grown stronger amid tragedy. She, her mother, and younger brother and sister continue to live with their family on the church premises for now. 

Sweden: Government Tells Iranian Convert It’s not their Problem She Became a Christian

August 15, 2017
An Iranian convert to Christianity has been refused asylum in Sweden, placing her at risk of deportation and “torture and rape” in jail in her home country. Swedish lawyer Gabriel Donner, who has worked on around 1,000 asylum cases involving Iranian and Afghan converts, said: “torture and rape is common in Iranian prisons”. 

India: Pastor Prays for Attackers as they Beat Him

August 15, 2017
As two Hindus gripped his hands while others beat him, Pastor Amar Stephen was asking God to forgive them. The Hindu mob had gone to his residence to warn him against returning to Mohanpur village where he had preached at a house church. During the service, Hindus had stormed into the worship service and beaten him with belts, shoes, and sticks. They seized Bibles and Christian literature and took hold of him, telling him to come with them to the police station.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Conduct Series of Suicide Bombings Killing 30 and Injuring 80

August 15, 2017
Three female suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts in a local market and outside a nearby camp for people displaced by Boko Haram violence. The attacks happened on a weekly market day when people from the town and nearby villages flood the market to buy and sell food, clothing and livestock. 

Pakistan: According to U.S. Report Religious Freedom Under Attack in Pakistan

August 15, 2017
Religious freedom is under attack in Pakistan, where more than two dozen are on death row or serving a life imprisonment for blasphemy. Religious minority community leaders continued to say that the government failed to take adequate action to protect minorities from bonded labour in the brick-making and agricultural sectors, an illegal practice in which victims were disproportionately Christians and Hindus.

India: Militant Hinduism Says Christians are 'Collateral Damage'

August 14, 2017
In India, Christians are collateral damage. They will be tolerated if they give up converting anyone from now on. The national laws are about ready. And there are indications that a section of the Christian leadership is ready to accept these laws, after a token protest. 

China: Renowned Christian Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Disappeared

August 14, 2017
Renowned Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been under house arrest for the last three years, suddenly disappeared from his home on Aug. 13. As of Aug. 15, there has been no update on his whereabouts. Gao’s disappearance comes one week after he gave a rare interview to NTD Television. 

Nigeria: Pastors Say Islamic Herdsmen are Quietly Seizing Christians’ Property

August 13, 2017
Christian leaders point to herdsmen attacks in the past eight months that saw 18 Christians injured and two villages seized. A pastor and his 5-year-old son were injured in May, four Christian women were raped, 12 Christians were injured and two communities displaced in attacks on 17 villages. In the past eight months, Fulani herders have attacked and raped eight Christian women. 

Eritrea: Christian Mother of Three Dies in Captivity

August 13, 2017
A mother of three was arrested in May during the ongoing crackdown against Evangelical Christians in Eritrea. Fikadu Debesay, who was detained along with her husband, died last week at a desert camp in the Northern Red Sea Region. The cause of Fikadu's death is still unknown, but Metkiel Abiet, where she had been detained, is located in an area known for its oppressive heat and aridity.   

Pakistan: After 70 Years of Independence Religious Minorities Reduced to 2nd Class Citizens

August 13, 2017
Religious minorities, and especially Christians who supported Quaid-e-Azam in his struggle for Pakistan, have time and again manifested their loyalty and sincerity. Post-independence they played a vital role in the development of the country, but today they feel ignored and the most vulnerable community in Pakistan.

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