Christians in Coastal Kenya Concerned After Slaughter of 13 Non-Muslims

Christians in Coastal Kenya Concerned After Slaughter of 13 Non-Muslims

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Al Shabaab militia over the weekend killed 13 non-Muslims, mostly Christians, in coastal Kenya, sources said. Village Muslims in the Pandanguo settlement of Lamu County helped Islamic extremists from the Somalia-based Al Shabaab identify locations where the Christians resided, a survivor of the attack told Morning Star News from […]

Iranian Christians Face Long Prison Sentences

Iranian Christians Face Long Prison Sentences

(Middle East Concern) — Iranian Christians request prayer for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari, who face long prison sentences. Following a hearing on June 11, Judge Ahmadpour issued his verdict on July 3 and 4. Pastor Victor was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, Amin to 15 years (possibly including time […]

Pakistan Expels South Korean for ‘Illegal Preaching’ After Murder of Chinese ‘Missionaries’

Pakistan Expels South Korean for ‘Illegal Preaching’ After Murder of Chinese ‘Missionaries’

(World Watch Monitor) — Pakistan has ordered a South Korean man to leave the country, accusing him of involvement in “illegal preaching activities” after two of his students at an Urdu-language school were abducted and killed by the Islamic State group, which claimed they had been secretly preaching Christianity. “Investigations have revealed that [Juan Won-seo] […]

Chinese Authorities Ransack Home of Arbitrarily Arrested Pastor

Chinese Authorities Ransack Home of Arbitrarily Arrested Pastor

HUAIBEI, Anhui (China Aid) — The local government in China’s eastern Anhui province dispatched more than 10 officers to the home of an incarcerated church pastor on June 14 and searched it, confiscating important materials. Wang Hong, the wife of Caili Church pastor Chen Shixin, told a ChinaAid reporter that group of more than 10 […]

Chinese Christians Pressured Into Confessing False ‘Evil Cult’ Activity

Chinese Christians Pressured Into Confessing False ‘Evil Cult’ Activity

JIANGMEN, Guangdong (China Aid) — Incarcerated Christians endured harsh interrogations in China’s southern Guangdong province this week, during which officials ordered them to confess that they had participated in an “evil cult,” a charge often levied against Christians for their church activities. On June 12, authorities stalked Ruan Haonan, a member of Fengle Church who […]

Aged Four and Scarred for Life: The Children Who Survived the Indonesian Church Attack

Aged Four and Scarred for Life: The Children Who Survived the Indonesian Church Attack

(World Watch Monitor) — Two-year-old Anita Sihotang cannot bear the sound of her father’s motorbike because it reminds her of the noise of the explosion last November, when a petrol bomb was thrown into a church park where children were playing, killing one child and seriously injuring Anita and two four-year-olds. Whenever her father turns […]

Christian Families in India Forced into Hindu Ritual, Denied Water

Christian Families in India Forced into Hindu Ritual, Denied Water

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, India beat Christians, forced them to participate in Hindu rituals and have refused to provide them water, sources said. Four families who were attacked in Jalalabad village, Ghazipur District rely on the water to irrigate their fields, they said. “How will we survive if we […]

Sri Lanka: Over 20 Attacks on Christians This Year

Sri Lanka: Over 20 Attacks on Christians This Year

(World Watch Monitor) — There have been over 20 violent incidents against Christians so far this year, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka. Following a parallel surge in violent attacks on Muslims in the country, the alliance calls on the government to ensure the protection of minorities and their places of […]

UNHCR Accused of ‘Negligence’ After Pakistani Christian Dies in Thai Detention Center

UNHCR Accused of ‘Negligence’ After Pakistani Christian Dies in Thai Detention Center

(World Watch Monitor) — Thailand’s government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Bangkok have been accused of “negligence” after a Pakistani Christian asylum seeker died in a detention centre last month. Ijaz Masih, 35, was reportedly refused medical treatment on May 26 after complaining of chest pains, and died of a heart attack a […]