Four Pastors in Uttar Pradesh Assaulted and Framed by Village Hindus
During a regular prayer meeting held by local believers in Chaphar village, villagers forcefully interrupted the fellowship and began harassing the believers. The pastors were framed for blasphemy and arrested.
Nepal: Church Forced to Shut Down; Evangelists Arrested, Deported
High-caste Hindus who have been harassing a church in Nepal forced it to shut down last week. For two months Brahmins, the highest caste from which Hindu priests and teachers are drawn, had disrupted worship of the Eternal Life Church in Palpa each week and accused the pastor of converting villagers.
Nepal: Four Christians Arrested on ‘Forced Conversion’ Charges
Four Christian women in Nepal, including two Japanese citizens and two Nepalese citizens, were arrested on November 4 on suspicion of attempting to convert people to Christianity by force. The arrests took place after the Christian women were accused of proselytizing door to door in the Butawal area near the capital Kathmandu.
Pakistan: Christians Wary as Asylum Offers Flood in for Asia Bibi
Several countries have offered asylum to the Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, after she was acquitted by the country’s highest court last month of a blasphemy charge carrying the capital punishment. However, local Christians are fearful of repercussions, as the West is perceived as Christian to most Pakistanis.
China: Church in Hunan Province Faces Unrelenting Harassment
A church in China’s southern Hunan province remains victim to unrelenting harassment from Chinese authorities. The local church experiences frequent visits from authorities that interrupt services, forcibly interrogate congregants, and vandalize church property.
Myanmar: Seventeen Christian Students Forced to Join Wa Army Finally Escaped
In September, the United Wa State Army) forcibly recruited 41 students in Shan State near the Myanmar border of China. The students were studying at a Bible school, when they were taken away and forced to join the Wa army as part of a statewide clampdown on Christianity. Seventeen students managed to escape the base last week to safety, but are in poor condition.
Kenya: Tales of Survival and Loss from the Mandera Stoning Attack
Survivors Jacob Mutua Mativo and Musee Kiema describe the “scene from hell” as they escaped the violent stoning attack on September 13 in Elwak town, Mandera, that left two of their Christian brothers dead.
India: Tribal Leaders Join Hands with Hindus to Persecute Christians in Jharkhand
Christians in Jharkhand, India are experiencing increased persecution as Hindus and tribal leaders have joined forces in their efforts to eliminate Christianity by closing churches, falsely accusing Christ followers of crimes and manipulating communities to act against them.
Uganda: Two Boys Abandoned After Recently Converted Father is Poisoned
In November 2016, Abdul Hamza left Islam and converted to Christianity after an evangelist shared the Good News with him. Two years later, after much strife within his marriage and family, he was poisoned at the market with friends. A day after he was buried, his wife left their two young sons and married Abdul’s friend.
Nigeria: You are not Forgotten, Baroness Cox Tells Refugees
A leading British Parliamentarian, Baroness Caroline Cox, visited an Anguldi refugee camp in Jos, Plateau State, central Nigeria, telling the refugees and victims of Islamic Fulani herdsmen, that they are “not forgotten.”
Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister has said that he will help Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of committing blasphemy, leave Pakistan because of the risk to her life and the lives of her family. In 2010, Bibi was sentenced to death under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws on flimsy evidence.
Nigeria: U.S. State Department to Travel to Country to Discuss Boko Haram and Fulani Militants
This week, the United States State Department is heading to Nigeria to discuss bringing an end to Boko Haram and the Fulani militants. In the last three years alone, over 16,000 Christians have been killed at the hands of Islamist groups. Yet, the Nigerian government is doing little to nothing to stop the violence.