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Nigeria: Why Are Over 1 Million Displaced Persons Afraid to go Home?

October 15, 2017
Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than 2 million across Nigeria, while also launching attacks in neighboring countries. The vast majority of those displaced have been in Borno State, the area of northeast Nigeria where the group was founded. 43 percent of the IDPs reported that they were unable to access land to sustain themselves and had become dependent on aid handouts, something they viewed as a negative consequence of their displacement.

Egypt: Bodies of 21 Christians Killed on Libyan Beach to be Sent Home

October 15, 2017
The bodies of the 21 Christians beheaded on a beach in Sirte by the Islamic State in 2015 have been recovered by Libyan authorities video showing the Christian men being forced to kneel on the sand before being simultaneously and will shortly be returned to their families. In February 2015, ISIS released a decapitated. Libyan authorities have said they are taking action against the Islamic State.  

Middle East: Christians Feel Abandoned and Betrayed by West

October 15, 2017
Christians who have faced years of genocide and violence in the Middle East, feel “abandoned, even betrayed” by the international community. Church leaders in the region felt they were “shouting in the desert” like St John the Baptist. They feel that Western leaders are ignoring the suffering of Christians in the Middle East. 

India: Christian Villagers Denied Food Because of Their Faith

October 12, 2017
In a small village in Jharkhand, food rations have been denied to 13 poor tribal families only because they are Christian. The families in question are of Uroon and Bhuyian origin and converted to Christianity. Christians report that the problems began in September when the villagers asked them to pay a "tax" to fund the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. Following their refusal, it was decided that Christians will no longer receive the government subsidies they are entitled to under the conditions of their extreme indigence.

Egypt: Priest Dies in Cairo After Knife Attack

October 12, 2017
A priest was stabbed to death in an attack in a poor Cairo district in the latest shock to the persecuted Coptic Community.  According to reports the attacker struck Father Samaan in the head with a cleaver and fled the scene. He was later arrested.

Iraq: Widows of Christian Martyrs Continue to Share Their Faith

October 12, 2017
A customs officer at Baghdad Airport was killed by his Muslim family after converting to Christianity. His widow, Sanar, continues to serve Christ and share her faith with others. In the Middle East Islamic culture, a widow has to stay at home unless she can go out with her brother or father, so life became very difficult for Sanar. 

India: If Christian ministries are kicked out who will share the Gospel?

October 12, 2017
A report from India Briefing last month shows that 24,000 NGOs have now lost their licenses under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act in the last year. That is one-third of the NGOs that previously existed in India before the FCRA. One of the high-profile cases was Compassion International whose license in India was revoked earlier this year. They were carrying out ministry to vulnerable children through local partners in the country.

Malaysia: Government Official Labels Christians as Infidels

October 12, 2017
A parliament member of Democratic Action Party in Malaysia, Lim Lip Eng says the accusations by the officer are very serious, and he should be investigated under the Penal Code for damaging racial harmony. Lim lodged a police report against Malaysian Islamic Development Department officer Zamihan Mat Zin for labelling Christian as infidels and Malaysian Chinese as unclean.

Hungary: Prime Minister's Response to Helping Persecuted Christians

October 12, 2017
Referring to his country’s experience of oppression during the Soviet Union era, the Hungarian Prime Minister has once again explained why his government has been the first – and so far the only – government to specifically address the persecution of Christians around the world.

Pakistan: Police Beat Christian Boy to Death

October 11, 2017
Police beat a 14-year-old Christian boy to death because he had gotten into a fight with a Muslim classmate who tried to bully him into renouncing his faith. Teacher Farhan Ali tried to stop the assault, but the officers shoved and slapped him and continued beating the boy. Later the police team threw the boy's body on the roadside and fled.  

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