Nigeria: Schoolgirls and Teachers Released After Torture and Ransom
Six girls and two staff members from a Christian-run high school in north-central Nigeria were kidnapped when gunmen believed to be Fulani militants raided the boarding school. They were released after enduring torture and beatings.
When US troops withdrew from northern Syria, Turkey quickly attacked the Tal Tamir/Khabour area, where it is heavily populated with Christians. Of the 33 Christian village in that region, only 18 remain populated with a handful of families.
Afghanistan: European Court Stops Deportation of Afghan Christian
The European Court of Human Rights has stopped the deportation of an Afghan Christian convert from Switzerland. According to the court’s ruling, the Christian would have faced serious danger if forced to return to Afghanistan.
For more than 26 years, Coptic Christians in Hgara village have struggled to rebuild and renew their church, Mar Girgis. Despite authority to do so, they have been met with much resistance from extreme Muslims. Now they are being told to move.
Pakistan: Christian Villagers Beaten and Stopped from Constructing Church
On November 4, a mob of armed Muslims stopped Christians from constructing a church building in village in Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to local Christians, they are being denied their basic constitutional rights by village leaders.
Following a decision by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 29th to recognize the Armenian genocide committed by Turkey a century ago, Turkey has begun an aggressive media campaign condemning the decision.
Turkey: H.R. 206 Officially Recognizes Armenian Genocide
United States Congress establishes House Resolution 296 as formal recognition of the Armenian Genocide when 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of Ottoman-Turks between 1915 and 1923. The resolution also legitimatizes the word “genocide” as an official description of the event.
China: Christians Harassed for Purchasing Christian Books Online
For Chinese Christians who are purchasing Christian books through WeChat (instant messaging App) online shop, now they are facing risks of being invited to “tea session” (investigation) with local authorities.
India: Minister for Minority Affairs Claims Minorities are “Absolutely Safe”
India’s Minister for Minority Affairs met with the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, telling him that the rights of minorities were absolutely safe in India and are being protected by the BJP-led government.
India: Finding Salvation in the Midst of Persecution: Kamcha’s Testimony
Kamcha Miniaka’s witnessing of her husband’s resolve in the face of death threats showed her the strength of his love for Jesus and his willingness to die for Him. In one night, she went from being against Christianity to surrendering her life to the one who surrendered His.