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Kenya: Christians Fearful After Five Church Buildings Burned February 8, 2021

Arsonists set five church buildings on fire and threw feces on the charred structures from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24 in a village in western Kenya, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: State Government to Promulgate Country’s Stringent Anti-Conversion Law December 30, 2020

According to media the Madhya Pradesh state cabinet approved a bill that would replace the Religious Freedom Act of 1968 and allow the BJP-led government to more strictly regulate religious conversions and criminalize religious conversion by marriage, financial allurement, or force.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Seven Christians Killed in Christmas Eve Attacks December 30, 2020

Islamists killed seven Christians in Christmas Eve attacks in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, according to area residents, while two people were reportedly killed in neighboring Adamawa state.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Four BJP-Ruled States Consider Enacting Anti-Conversion Laws December 22, 2020

In November, India’s Uttar Pradesh state enacted the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, championed by the BJP to stop what it viewed as widespread illegal religious conversions.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy after Eleven Years in Prison December 22, 2020

A Christian who spent nearly 11 years in solitary confinement over a false allegation of desecrating the Koran was set to walk free after a high court this week overturned his conviction.

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Muslim Forces Christian Wife to Drink Pesticide December 22, 2020

A Christian woman was poisoned and beaten unconscious by her Muslim husband upon his learning of her conversion to Christianity. Neighbors found the 38-year-old mother of three covered in vomit and blood in a nearby banana field.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Pastor Locked in Room and Left to Die December 14, 2020

Pastor Shelton Vishwanathan was attacked by radical Hindus while handing out gospel tracts in Tiryani village, in Bihar state’s Sheohar District, knocking him out and locking him in a room for dead. Rescued by an elderly woman “sent from God,” the pastor is back home with his family.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Laos: Christians Return Home Yet Banned from Rebuilding Homes December 10, 2020

Seven Lao Christians who were evicted from their homes in October for not renouncing their faith, have finally returned to their village to find their houses demolished and their rights to rebuild violated.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: U.S. State Department Elects to Ignore Religious Freedom Violations December 10, 2020

The U.S. State Department announced the list of “Countries of Particular Concern” for ongoing and egregious violation of religious freedom, omitting India despite its history of persecution.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Washington, D.C.: U.S. House of Representatives Calls for the Global Repeal of Blasphemy, Heresy, and Apostasy Laws December 8, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 512, calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws, sending a clear message to the world that the U.S. stands for religious freedom.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians in Hiding after Brutal Mob Attack in Central Region December 8, 2020

Several families are in hiding after tribal animists in Chhattisgarh state threatened to kill them for reporting a mob attack to police last week that sent 21 Christians to hospitals.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Police Find Christian Girl Chained in Kidnapper’s Home December 8, 2020

A Catholic family’s five-month search for their 12-year-old daughter who was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to a 45-year-old Muslim, ended when police found her chained in her abductor’s house.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 110 Farmers in Single Day December 4, 2020

Boko Haram killed 110 farmers who were working in their fields on November 28, resulting in the largest and deadliest by the group in all of 2020, especially against civilians.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Christians Killed in Central and Southwestern Region December 4, 2020

Fulani herdsmen attacks on predominantly Christian communities in Kaduna state killed seven Christians, two days after a pastor was slain in southwestern Nigeria.

Read more: Morning Star News

Democratic Republic of Congo: Jihadist Militants Slaughter Christians December 4, 2020

Suspected members of an insurgent jihadist group slaughtered 20 Christians in villages in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including one pastor’s wife and four children.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christian Teen Escapes Abductors and Returns to Family November 30, 2020

According to local reports, a Christian teen from Pakistan’s Punjab province has recently returned to her family after being abducted and abused by a group of Muslim men.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Indonesia: Terrorist Burns Church, Christian Homes Killing Four November 30, 2020

An alleged terrorist attacked the Salvation Army’s service post in central Sulawesi, before burning six houses of church members. Four Christians were murdered; three butchered and one burned to death.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Pastor, Two Christian Boys Killed in Islamist Attacks November 30, 2020

Relatives of a former sheikh in eastern Uganda who refused to renounce Christ killed his 6-year-old son, two days after Islamists in the western part of the country ambushed and killed a pastor and his 12-year-old son.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: UK Prime Minister Urged to Grant Asylum to Christian Teen November 24, 2020

UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been urged to offer asylum to Maira Shahbaz, the14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl who was abducted, forcefully married, and forcefully converted to Islam earlier this year.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Parents Denied Custody of Allegedly Kidnapped Daughter November 24, 2020

A high court in Pakistan ruled that a 13-year-old Catholic girl allegedly abducted and forcibly converted and married to a Muslim man must remain in a government shelter home until she reaches age 18.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christians in Southern Region Brutally Attacked for Holding Prayer Meeting November 17, 2020

Early this month, five Christians were brutally attacked by radical Hindu nationalists in the Meerpet neighborhood of Hyderabad, India. The attack resulted in the Christian victims sustained multiple injuries.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Christian Homes Raided November 17, 2020

Iranian intelligence agents raided 12 Christian homes in the city of Fardis, located near the capital city of Tehran, confiscating many personal items and leaving the homeowners concerned about what’s next.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Ethiopia: Militia Massacres Civilians in Tigray Region November 17, 2020

Hundreds of civilians, caught in the middle of a civil war between the Ethiopian army and local militia, were found hacked to death, littering the streets of border town Mai-Kadra. Witnesses say the massacre was at the hands of the militia.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Sichuan Police Shut Down Utilities to Pressure ERCC Elder November 17, 2020

An elder from Early Rain Covenant Church, forced to move out of town in late October, continues to be pressured and harassed by the new local authorities, including shutting down the internet, electricity, and water at his new rented apartment.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Cuba: Church Building Demolished, Re-Openings Blocked November 17, 2020

Authorities in Cuba have demolished a church building and are blocking other churches from re-opening after the lifting of pandemic restrictions, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Fulani Kill Four Christians, Abduct Others in North-Central Region November 17, 2020

Witnesses say armed Fulani killed four Christians in north-central Nigeria on Friday (Nov. 6) and the next day kidnapped seven persons, including five daughters of a church pastor.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Medical Report Proves Arzoo Raja is a Minor November 11, 2020

According to local reports, a medical board in Pakistan found that Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Christian girl abducted and married by her 44-year-old Muslim neighbor, is no more than 14-years-old.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Muslim Fulani Seize Christian Villages in Kaduna State November 11, 2020

Having taken over more than 100 once predominantly Christian villages in four counties of southern Kaduna state, Nigeria, Muslim Fulani killed three more Christians in late October.

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Muslims Ambush, Kill Pastor after Radio Broadcast November 11, 2020

Muslim extremists killed 64-year-old David Omara, pastor of Christian Church Center in northern Uganda on Saturday (Oct. 31) after he compared Christianity and Islam in a radio broadcast, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Court Orders Medical Report to Determine Christian Teen’s Age November 6, 2020

A court has ordered the Interior Health Secretary to constitute a medical board to determine the actual age of Arzoo Raja, a Christian teen reportedly abducted and married by her 44-year-old Muslim neighbor.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills Twelve Christians, Kidnaps Others November 6, 2020

Six gun trucks filled with Boko Haram militants attacked the Takulashi village near Chibok, killing 12 Christians, kidnapping multiple women and children, and burning down homes and businesses.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Girl Recovered from Kidnapper November 4, 2020

Police in Karachi, Pakistan on Monday (Nov. 2) recovered a 13-year-old Christian girl and arrested the Muslim accused of abducting and forcibly marrying and converting her, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Abducted Pastor Released; Six Year-Old Kidnapped November 4, 2020

A pastor abducted in northeastern Nigeria was released, while Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a Christian man and kidnapped his six-year-old son.

Read more: International Christian Concern

North Korea: Christians Brutally Tortured for their Faith November 3, 2020

North Korea Christians recount stories of horror and persecution in a report by the London-based Korea Future Initiative, confirming the atrocities committed on North Korean Christians aging from three to 80 years old.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Pastor Appeals for Release from Islamist Terrorists November 3, 2020

A church pastor in Nigeria who went missing on Oct. 19 has been captured along with two Christian women by Islamists, according to a video released by the terrorist group.

Read more: Morning Star News

Somalia: Muslim Boys Beat Christian’s Seven-Year-Old Son November 3, 2020

A Christian in Somalia long persecuted for his faith came home from Bible study to find his seven-year-old son beaten by two 13-year-old Muslim boys. His injuries sent him to the hospital for three days.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Young Christian Man Hacked to Death in North-Central Region October 28, 2020

Islamist Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria hacked a young Christian man to death with machetes on Wednesday; one of eight Christians killed this month in Plateau state.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Thirteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Forcibly Converted and Married to 45 Year Old Islamist October 28, 2020

Thirteen-year-old Arzoo Raja was abducted by her 45-year-old Muslim neighbor, forced to sign papers declaring her age as 18 and forced to marry her abductor. Police are ignoring the case.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Church in Southern Region Burned Down Following Threats by Local Extremists October 24, 2020

Last month, a church in India’s Andhra Pradesh state was set on fire by suspected religious extremists. According to the church’s leadership, extremists had issued several threats against the church if the church was not closed down.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Xiamen Hotel Fined for Providing Venue for House Church’s Worship October 24, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party continues its efforts to remove Christianity from the country by fining a hotel in China’s Xiamen, 20,000 RMB (nearly U.S. $3,000) for hosting Christian activities in the summer. The 8,300 RMB (U.S. $1,242) rental income was also confiscated by the local authorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Woman Beaten in Public for Arguing with Muslim October 24, 2020

a Christian woman was beaten in public by a Muslim man following a confrontation and public argument. The man slapped the woman and dragged her into the street, calling her derogatory Christian slang. His son soon joined in the beating. To date, n arrest has been made.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sudan: US Ready to Remove Country from Sanctions List October 24, 2020

The United States has stated that they are ready to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The only stipulation is that the government must pay 335 million dollars to the victims of several al-Qaeda terror attacks.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Religious Freedom Factsheet – Q3 2020 October 23, 2020

Through the first half of 2020, Nigeria suffered a steady number of terrorist attacks and deaths. Nearly every day of the first six months, there was at least one attack conducted by violent extremist groups, according to International Christian Concern’s research. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iraq: Government Continues to Deny Access to Humanitarian Aid October 23, 2020

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that nongovernmental organizations have been denied the ability to intervene in humanitarian crises in the specific regions of the country.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Church Service in Central Region Raided by Mob of Hindus October 23, 2020

A Christian worship service was attacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists and then were taken into police custody after being falsely accused of engaging in forced religious conversions.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Appointment to the UN Human Rights Council October 23, 2020

On October 17th, China was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Many human rights activists protested the announcement given China’s long history of religious persecution against Christians and Uyghur Muslims.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Laos: Christians Detained in Jail for Planning Christian Funeral October 19, 2020

For more than three months, four Lao Christians have been jailed in the country’s Khammouane province for planning a Christian funeral that goes against the local customs.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Thirteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Reported as Latest Victim of Forced Conversion October 19, 2020

Last week, a 13-year-old Christian girl was abducted outside of her home in Karachi, Pakistan. Two days later, the girl’s parents were informed she had become the latest victim of forced conversion and forced marriage.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Country Elected to UN’s Premier Human Rights Body Despite Religious Freedom Issues October 19, 2020

On October 13, Pakistan was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council – a surprising election given the country’s human rights violation history.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Laos: Christians Driven from Homes After Refusing to Renounce Faith October 18, 2020

Authorities drove out seven Laotian Christians from their homes when they refused to renounce their faith, forcing them to live in the nearby forests.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: USCIRF Releases Report October 18, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom reports that “in recent years, religious freedom conditions in Burkina Faso have deteriorated, with the country facing interrelated security and humanitarian crises.”

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Ten Christian Families Mercilessly Beaten by Hindus October 18, 2020

Early this month, 10 Christian families in Chhattisgarh state were violently attacked by Hindu nationalists after they refused to recant their Christian faith. Several Christians were severely injured.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sudan: Three Young Christians Assaulted in Khartoum North October 13, 2020

A pastor’s son, his cousin and their 20-year-old aunt were assaulted in a suburb north of Khartoum, Sudan as Muslims continued targeting church members despite new religious freedoms.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: ERCC Elder Forcibly Taken Away, Children Threatened October 13, 2020

China continues its assault on the heavily persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church by forcibly removing elder Li Yingqiang from his home as his young children witnessed and were threatened by police.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Beaten Christians Tonsured, Ridiculed October 13, 2020

A group of Hindus beat and paraded Pastor Raj Singh along with four other Christians in India, after falsely accusing them of eating beef. To further humiliate them, they shaved their heads like monks, called tonsuring.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Three Christians Severely Beaten After Villager Chooses New Faith October 5, 2020

Three Christians were severely beaten by a mob of angry villagers in India’s eastern state of Odisha upon hearing of their recent conversions to Christianity.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Seven Christians Attacked by Mob After Being Falsely Accused of Slaughtering a Cow October 5, 2020

Seven Christians in India’s Jharkhand state were attacked, beaten and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram,” which means “Victory to Lord Rama,” a Hindu diety, after they were falsely accused of slaughtering a cow.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Christian Bookseller Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison October 5, 2020

Chinese Christian online bookstore owner, Chen Yu, was charged with “illegal business operations” on September 27. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined close to $30,000.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Children Killed, Christian Leaders Kidnapped October 5, 2020

Two young Christian women and a 6-year-old boy were killed this week while other Christians were kidnapped or slain as uncontested lawlessness by Fulani herdsmen continues in Nigeria.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Fifteen Christian Families Left Homeless After Attack September 28, 2020

15 Christian families from three villages in India’s Chhattisgarh state were left homeless after being attacked by Hindus after the families refused to recant their Christian faith.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus, Ex-Church Members Attack Christian Family September 28, 2020

Punita Kumari was caring for her family when leaders of about 25 hard-line Hindu assailants armed with bamboo sticks forced their way into their one-room home demanding they leave.

Read more: Morning Star News

Democratic Republic of Congo: Christians Under Attack September 23, 2020

Despite their overwhelming majority presence in the DRC, comprising 95 percent of the population, Christians are increasingly threatened, attacked, and victimized by Islamist terrorists and their affiliates.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Twin Sisters Kidnapped, Pastor and Three Other Christians Killed September 23, 2020

A church elder was shot as his twin daughters were kidnapped in northwest Nigeria, just days after a pastor and three other Christians in a north-central state were killed earlier this month. Islamists suspected in the attacks.

Read more: Morning Star News

Turkey: Country Leads Opening of United Nations Session September 19, 2020

United Nations new president, Turkey diplomat Volkan Bozkir, led the opening session of the 75th anniversary meeting, despite heavy criticism from multiple ethnic groups for his human rights insensitivities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus use Rumor of Conversions to Terrorize Small Christian Community September 19, 2020

A small Christian community in Uttar Pradesh was terrorized by Hindus after hearing that the local pastor had attempted to convert Hindus to Christianity.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: U.S. Senators Call for Country to be Designated “Country of Particular Concern” September 19, 2020

 Fourteen U.S. Senators urge Mike Pompeo to consider USCIRF recommendation to designate India a Country of Particular Concern (CPC), and demand “targeted sanctions” be imposed.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus Use Social Media to Circulate Videos of Attacks on Christians September 14, 2020

According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), Hindus are making and circulating videos of their attacks on Christians in an effort to incite hatred and fear.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians in Northern Region Forced to Stop Worship, Pastor Says September 14, 2020

A Christian pastor in Uttar Pradesh state was forced to agree to stop holding worship in his home after repeated harassment by Hindus and an officer threaten to make false charges against his son.

Read more: Morning Star News

Ethiopia: 500 Christians Killed Since June, Report States September 9, 2020

A recent report by the Barnabus Fund states that the church is coming under attack in recent days from coordinated killings by Islamists, targeting young Christians of all ethnicities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Pastor and Two Others Killed by Fulani Herdsmen in Kaduna State September 9, 2020

Fulani herdsmen make multiple attacks in Kaduna State, killing three men (all fathers) and the local Evangelical Church Winning All’s pastor. In another attack in Kemara Rimi, five people were abducted. Their whereabouts are unknown.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Another Christian Sentenced to Death on Weak Blasphemy Charges September 9, 2020

Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Attacked Christians Risk Arrest if Worship Draws More Assaults September 9, 2020

Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks.

Read more: Morning Star News

Algeria: A Wave of Church Closures September 4, 2020

Algeria’s government has launched a major campaign against Christian worship by abruptly closing churches across the nation, drawing criticism from pastors and Christian supporters.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Announcement of Anti-Conversion Law Sparks Anti-Christian Violence in Northern Region September 1, 2020

Following a June announcement that the government would propose a bill to regulate religious conversions, emboldened Hindus lead several attacks on Christians, including an incident where four Christian women were hospitalized.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor Severely Beaten by Mob of Hindus September 1, 2020

A Christian pastor was pulled off his motorbike and brutally attacked by a group of 10 Hindus, justifying their assault by accusing him of converting Hindus to Christianity.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: One Man Slain, Children and Others Kidnapped in Kaduna State September 1, 2020

Fulani herdsmen attacked a predominantly Christian village in north-central Nigeria, killing one resident, burning a church building and kidnapping four children among others.

Read more: Morning Star News

Egypt: Officials Refuse Burial of Christian Child August 28, 2020

Local Egyptian officials have forced Christians to remove the burial plot of a young boy buried there four days earlier, claiming there were no permits and ordered that the Christians remove the body to a place far from Muslims.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Cameroon: Boko Haram Uses Child Bombers in IDP Camp Attack August 28, 2020

Boko Haram used children in an IDP camp in the Nguetechewe area of Northern Cameroon. During the attack, 17 people were killed and at least another 16 were injured according to reports.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Teen Flees into Hiding after Court Returns Her into Custody of Abductor August 28, 2020

Maira Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl who was abducted and forcefully married to a Muslim man, has escaped her abductor’s custody and fled into hiding with her mother and three siblings.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Four Abducted During Suspected Islamist Attack in Southern Kaduna August 28, 2020

Four villagers including an off-duty police officer, a military man, a security officer and a 14 year old girl were abducted during a Fulani herdsmen attack. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Pastor Jailed Since May after Standing Up to Land-Grabbers, Relatives Say August 28, 2020

A pastor in Karachi remains in jail since May on a baseless charge of extortion in retaliation for taking a stand against a group who demolished homes of Christians.

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Christian Dies, Cousin in Critical Condition after Assault August 28, 2020

One young Christian man in eastern Uganda has died after family members beat him for leaving Islam while his cousin, also beaten, clings to life.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: At Least Thirty Seven Christians Killed in Kaduna State Alone in August August 25, 2020

So far this month, there have been at least 37 Christians killed in Christian villages of Southern Kaduna State, Nigeria, during attacks throughout by Fulani militants

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Another Teenage Christian Girl Abducted and Forcibly Married August 25, 2020

According to Asia News, Saneha Kinza Iqbal, a 15-year-old Christian girl, was abducted by Saeed Amanat, a 30-year-old Muslim man, on her way to church in Faisalabad, Pakistan. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Pastor, 16-Year-Old Girl Among Eleven Christians Killed in Kaduna State August 25, 2020

A 16-year-old girl, a father of nine children and a church pastor were among 11 Christians killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen this week in southern Kaduna state, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Police Arrest Four Christian and Hindu Guests Under False Charges in Pastor’s Home August 20, 2020

In July, two Christian boys brought their Hindu friends to visit Pastor Ramnivas Kumar. As he prayed over them and shared the Gospel, police barged in and arrested the Hindus under false charges of robbery.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Four Christian Women Hospitalized After Brutal Attack August 20, 2020

A group of Hindu nationalists brutally attacked four Christian women gathering for prayer. All women have been hospitalized with one fighting for her life.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Rickshaw Driver Beaten and Falsely Accused of Terrorism August 19, 2020

Nasir Pervaiz, a Christian auto-rickshaw driver, was beaten and falsely accused of terrorism after he was told he could not pick up passengers at a medical clinic in Pakistan, because he was a Christian. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Hospitalized for More than Two Weeks after Assault August 19, 2020

A Christian father of seven in India was hospitalized for more than two weeks after Hindus with iron rods interrupted his night prayers with his family and beat him at his home.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: As Outcry Grows, 37 More Christians Killed in Nigeria August 19, 2020

Amid a groundswell of domestic and international condemnation of unchecked violence by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, 37 more Christians were killed this month.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: Officials Raid Moms Group Held at Home August 15, 2020

On August 12, the moms’ group of an influential house church in China’s Xiamen was raided by the local authorities who forced themselves in without proper documents.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindu Neighbors Attack Pastor and Guests at His Home August 15, 2020

Christians Avinash Kumar and Rambali Ram were visiting Pastor Kumar’s home in Ranjitpur village, with two Hindu friends when Hindu neighbors barged into the house and began beating them with steel rods and wooden sticks.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: Christians Forced to Replace Christian Items with Portraits of President August 15, 2020

Since May, the Chinese Communist Party officials in several provinces have threatened to withdraw the social welfare benefits poor people rely on for food, if they refuse to replace Christian imagery with that of President Xi.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Three Christian Families in Chhattisgarh State Beaten with Wooden Batons August 12, 2020

Three Christian families from a rural village in India’s Chhattisgarh state were attacked and beaten with wooden batons for refusing to honor the village’s tribal deities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Gunmen Killed Four Christians in Bayelsa State August 12, 2020

Unidentified gunmen attacked Christians in Bayelsa State killing at least four, injuring several others and leaving a destruction of burned homes and cars in their wake.  

Read more International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Another Christian Sanitation Worker Attacked and Beaten August 6, 2020

Iqbal Masih, a Christian sanitation worker, was attacked and beaten by a group of Muslims in Pakistan’s Punjab province, simply for pushing his garbage trolley past them while they celebrated the Eid al-Adha festival.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 14 Baptist Christians in Kogi State August 6, 2020

A Fulani herdsmen raid on a village in Nigeria’s Kogi state killed 14 Baptist Christians, including 13 members of an extended family, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Eight Christians Assaulted by Radical Nationalists in Odisha State August 3, 2020

According to Matters India, a group of radical nationalists brutally attacked eight Christians in Badaguda village, located in the Koraput district of Odisha, India.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: House Church Attacked by a Mob of Radicals in Northern Region August 3, 2020

According to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) India, a Christian house church was attacked by a mob led by radical Hindu nationalists in Uttar Pradesh.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Myanmar: Christian Family Emerges Stoning Unscathed August 3, 2020

Christian family remained calm and steadfast in prayer as they were attacked by a mob of Buddhists furious for their recent discovery of life in Christ. Miraculously, they survived unscathed.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Pastor and Church Member Die for Proclaiming Christ in Eastern Region August 3, 2020

Christians in eastern Uganda had what seemed to be an effective strategy for bringing the gospel to Muslims on the banks of Lake Nakuwa, while they fished.

Read more: Morning Star News

Turkey: Government Deporting Foreign Christians or Banning Their Return, Source Say August 3, 2020

Dozens of foreign Christians in Turkey have been forced to leave the country or been banned from returning in what appears to be government targeting of the Protestant Christian community, rights advocates say.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Six Christian Families Receive Ultimatum to Renounce their Faith July 29, 2020

Six Christian families have received an ultimatum from the Latehar District Police of Jharkhand state to either renounce their Christian faith or prepare to leave the village.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Police Demolish Christian Homes July 29, 2020

On July 22, local authorities descended on Xingguang Church in China’s Xiamen city to further demolish Christian homes in conjunction to the house church.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor and Family Threatened and Attacked by Radical Nationalists July 28, 2020

On July 10, a radical Hindu nationalist attacked Pastor Rukachand Fulmali’s home in an attempt to demolish his house church and remove the cross.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Young Mother is Fifth Christian Killed in Two Months July 28, 2020

A 26-year-old mother became the fifth Christian in two months to be killed in India last week when she refused to hand over her daughter to be raped by Hindus.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Islamists Execute Five Men as Warning to Christians, Video Shows July 25, 2020

Islamic extremists have executed five Nigerian men in Borno state, saying it was a warning to “all those being used by infidels to convert Muslims to Christianity.”

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christian Family Attacked for Protecting Daughter from Kidnapping July 25, 2020

On July 12, a group of armed Muslim men attacked a family in a Christian-majority neighborhood in southern Punjab after the family protected their 13-year-old daughter from being kidnapped.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Fulani Militants Killed Eleven Christians July 25, 2020

Late this month, in Kaduna, Nigeria, Fulani Militants attacked a village called Gora Gan, and set fire to dozens of houses, killing 11 Christians.  

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Hackers Spy Christians July 25, 2020

Chinese government’s practice of tracking Christian citizens has enabled authorities to raid house churches, arrest pastors and hack their congregation information. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians Return to Village Where Followers of Tribal Religion Attacked Them July 22, 2020

A Christian family were attacked in their home while they slept in late May and barely escaped with their lives. The attack was a result of their refusal to take part in a tribal celebration. Last week the family returned to their village, fearing additional persecution.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: House Church Raided, Six Elders Taken Away In Guangxi July 15, 2020

Earlier this month, dozens of officials from the Ethnic and Religious Affairs agency raided the Enguang church in Guanxi region’s Guiling city, grabbing the microphone to denounce the gathering. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Prayer Service Targeted by Police July 15, 2020

Last month, a Christian prayer service was attacked by the police in Youhanabad, a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Fourth Christian Killed in Less Than Two Months July 15, 2020

Maoists in Maharashtra state killed a church pastor on Friday (July 10), the fourth death of a Christian for their faith in India since late May, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christians Beaten by Extremists July 10, 2020

On June 22, a group of an estimated 50 Islamic radicals attacked the Christian residents of Racecourse, a Christian neighborhood located in Karachi, Pakistan.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Kenya: Islamists Beat 21-Year-Old Christian Mother Unconscious July 10, 2020

Islamists beat a 21-year-old Christian woman unconscious and injured her siblings after they fled from persecution in Solamia to Nairobi, Kenya.

Read: Morning Star News

India: Christian Families Attacked by Hindu Radicals in Chhattisgarh July 9, 2020

Caravan News reports that, on May 20, the home of two Adivasi Christian families was attacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists in Kokkar Pal village located in Chhattisgarh, India.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Family Brutally Attacked in Chhattisgarh July 9, 2020

On July 1, an Indian Christian family was brutally attacked by radical Hindu Nationalists for refusing to deny their Christian faith in Mohanbeda village (Chhattisgarh State).

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Mother of Four was Persecuted Before Her Death July 9, 2020

Tribal Hindus persecuted a widowed, Christian mother of four before her body was found severely mutilated in the wilderness near her village in Chhattisgarh, India, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Iraq: Christians Evacuate Following Turkish Airstrikes July 6, 2020

Since the beginning of Turkey’s airstrike operations in northern Iraq, nine of the 11 Christian villages in the Zakho district have reportedly evacuated, displacing hundreds of families.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Family Fights to Register Police Report Against People Harassing Their Worship July 6, 2020

In late May, Sherry Masih and his family were attacked by a group of Muslim men as the family was holding a prayer service. In an attempt to register the a complaint with police, Masih was arrested. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Vietnam: Family of Imprisoned Pastor Beaten and Detained July 6, 2020

The family of political activist and pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, imprisoned for his promotion of democracy, was subject to violence and detention before and during U.S. Ambassador’s visit to Thanh Hoa province.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Father of Two Killed in Jharkhand State July 6, 2020

A young Christian father of two was hunted down, dragged from his home and brutally murdered by followers of tribal Adivasi religion after four years of harassment for reporting their assault on his mother-in-law.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christians Struggle Amid Locust and COVID-19 Crisis June 29, 2020

Christian sharecroppers in southern Pakistan have been deeply affected by locust swarms, destroying their crops and livelihoods. Struggling to survive, they are finding persecution against them as they seek help.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Police Release Suspect in Attempted Killing of Pastor June 29, 2020

Under pressure from an official in the ruling Hindu nationalist political party, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India have released without charges a suspect in the attempted killing of a pastor last month, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christian Family Claims Relative was Murdered by Police June 27, 2020

A Christian family in Pakistan claims their relative was murdered by police after refusing to change his testimony in a crime he witnessed. The Christian family has filed charges against the police and the case has led to several local protests.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Incidents of Christian Persecution Spike as Country Emerges from Lockdown June 27, 2020

As India gradually emerges from its national lockdown, ICC has documented a sudden spike in attacks on Christians across the country, including at least eight incidents in just two weeks.

Read more: International Christian Concern

South Sudan: Christians Attacked After Incitement by Mosque Leaders in Khartoum June 27, 2020

One South Sudanese dead, another in critical condition after imams called for Muslim residents to rid Christian South Sudanese from the “Muslim area.”

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Villagers Burn Home, Beat Wife of Former Muslim Sheikh in Eastern Region June 24, 2020

A former sheikh in eastern Uganda secretly became a Christian on Christmas Day and when he told his two wives of his conversion, one joined him in faith, along with their children. When word got out,, a Muslim leader and others stormed his house and set it on fire.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Hardline Hindu Relatives Threaten to Kill Christian’s Children In Uttar Pradesh June 22, 2020

A Christian family has been the subject of increased harassment from family members to renounce their faith and leave the shared house or face death. The persecution takes place while the patriarch is away for extended business travel. 

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christian Couple Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy Hopes for Justice June 16, 2020

In 2013, Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife, Shagufta, were accused of blasphemy for allegedly sending a text message insulting the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran, imprisoned and sentenced to death.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Government Denies Entry to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom June 16, 2020

According to reports, India has refused to grant entry visas to representatives of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, arriving to investigate reports of increased intolerance against India’s religious minority,

Read more: International Christian Concern

Myanmar: 105,000 Kachin IDPs Trapped in Myanmar Camps June 16, 2020

Civil war between the Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army on northern Myanmar’s Kachin state continues to be a nightmare for the Christian majority ethnic Kachin people who find themselves in IDP camps and nowhere to go.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Boy, Sixteen, Stabbed and Stoned to Death for His Faith June 16, 2020

Last week, Incited by Hindu extremists, followers of traditional tribal religion abducted a 16-year-old Christian boy from his home and stabbed and stoned him to death for his faith.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Fourteen-Year-Old Christian Boy Murdered by Islamists June 13, 2020

According to local reports, Sombura Madkami, a 14-year-old Christian boy from Kenduguda village, was kidnapped and brutally murdered by Islamists in the jungle.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Islamists Kill Christians June 13, 2020

Armed Islamic militants killed 58 people including children in attacks in Northern Burkina Faso at the end of May. The attacks targeted Christians and humanitarian workers serving IDP camps in the region.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Family Shot for Purchasing Home in “Muslim Neighborhood” June 13, 2020

On June 4, Christian Nadeem Joseph and his family were attacked by Muslim neighbors after moving into the TV Colony of Peshawar, the capital of the Khybar Pakhtunkhawa province in Pakistan.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: New State Department Report Highlights Persecution June 11, 2020

The U.S. Department of State published its 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom today, citing religious persecution in China is considerably longer, more involved, and more detailed than in previous years. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Boko Haram Killed Sixty-Nine People in Northern Region June 11, 2020

This Tuesday afternoon, Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 69 people, stole 1,200 cattle and camels and razed a village to the ground in northern Nigeria’s Borno state.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Police Unresponsive or Hostile Toward Christians Beaten in Jharkhand June 11, 2020

Police in India further fueling persecution of Christians by refusing to register a complaint about an attack that sent Christians to the hospital, and falsely accusing other victims’ relatives in an assault in a separate village.

Read More: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Nine Christians Killed in Gun and Machete Attack in North-Central Region June 11, 2020

Women and children were among nine Christians shot or hacked to death in an attack on Wednesday (June 3) in north-central Nigeria, with seven others kidnapped, sources said.

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Pakistan: Family of Abducted Christian Girl Petitions High Court for her Return June 8, 2020

According to Independent Catholic News (ICN), a Christian family has gone to the High Court in Pakistan to fight for the return of their 14-year-old daughter, Maira Shahbaz, who was abducted in late April by a man who forced her to abandon her Christian faith and marry him.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Bishop Abducted at Gunpoint June 3, 2020

Last week, Bishop Joseph Masin was abducted when gunmen attacked his home in Nasarawa State. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is urging officials to garner his safe return. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor Brutally Beaten by Hindu Radicals in Northern Region June 3, 2020

On Thursday, Pastor Dinesh Kumar was brutally beaten by radical Hindu nationalists after returning from a prayer meeting in Uttar Pradesh. He remains unconscious in the hospital. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Student Died After a Brutal Attack in Church June 3, 2020

A few days after Uwaila Vera Omozuwa was brutally raped and attacked in the church of the Redeemed Christian Church of God while studying during the COVID-19 lockdown, she succumbed to her injuries.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Fulani Militants Attacked Christians in Kaduna State, Twenty Killed June 1, 2020

Last week, at least 20 people were killed in a series of attacks on farming villages in Kaduna state, Nigeria. Several others are either injured or missing.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Food Aid Denied to Christians by Hindu Radical Groups June 1, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, Christians went to collect food provided by the Indian government, however, they were denied access to the aid unless they renounced their faith.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Egypt: Christians Pray for Kidnapped Woman’s Return May 28, 2020

Update on the kidnapping and forced conversion of Egyptian teacher Rania Abd el-Messiah caught on videotape on April 23. Reports are circulating that there are three people in police custody.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nepal: Supreme Court Refuses Bail to Pastor Who Prayed against COVID-19 May 28, 2020

The Supreme Court of Nepal refused bail to Pastor Keshav Acharya and sent him back to prison for the duration of his trial. He was imprisoned when police accused him of spreading false information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Democratic Republic of Congo: Suspected Islamist Group Kills Seventeen May 28, 2020

On Monday, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who claim a loose affiliation with the Islamic State group, attacked the village of Makutano a northeastern village in DRC, killing at least 17.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Mobs Threaten Sixteen Christian Families Every Night for Nearly Three Weeks May 28, 2020

Tribal mobs went to the homes of 16 families of a church in Jharkhand state, India every night for nearly three weeks, threatening to kill them if they didn’t return to their animistic religion.

Read more: Morning Star News

Turkey: Administration Denies Greek Genocide – Again May 26, 2020

On Tuesday, the remembrance day of the Greek (Pontian) Genocide, Athens issued a statement honoring the Greeks killed by Ottoman Turkey between 1913 and 1922. It was aggressively rebutted by Turkish authorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Wuhan Preacher Taken Away During Online Evangelism Event May 26, 2020

On May 23, as the “Proclaim Jesus Gospel Gathering” was taking place via Zoom, the police in Wuhan, came and took preacher Luo from Nanjing Road Church. He was released after 4.5 hours of interrogation.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Muslim Fulanis Kill Two Christians, Kidnap Two Others in Kaduna State May 26, 2020

Armed Muslim Fulanis killed two Christians in Kaduna state, Nigeria and burned down almost all the houses in the village, two days after two others were kidnapped, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Muslim Father Burns Daughter for Becoming Christian May 24, 2020

 Rehema Kyomuhendo was introduced to Christ while on a business trip with her father, a Muslim teacher, but when she committed her life to him, her father beat and burned her on several areas of her body.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Seven Women Kidnapped, Forcefully Married in March and April May 18, 2020

According to the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO), 6 young women and one older married lady were kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam, and married off to Muslim men since late March.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Christian Families Slain in Their Homes in Kaduna State May 18, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen slaughtered families in Christian areas of Nigeria on Monday (May 11), killing 17 men, women and children in Kaduna state days after a pastor and missionary were abducted.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nepal: Pastor Re-Arrested on New Series of Charges to Keep Him in Jail May 18, 2020

 A pastor arrested in Nepal in March on charges of giving false information for saying prayer could heal COVID-19 was released last month – and then immediately re-arrested on new charges of “outraging religious feelings.”

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Two Christians Killed in Villages in Adamawa State May 12, 2020

Two Christian farming villages were attacked very early in the morning in Adamawa State. These villages have long dealt with deadly attacks by Fulani militants and have suffered much. On May 12, Fulani militants again raided the recovering communities and killed at least two people.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Justice for Huma May 12, 2020

In October, 2019, 14-year-old Huma Masih, was abducted from her home in Karachi, Pakistan. Days later, her parents were told she had “converted” to Islam, and “married” her abductor. Her parents have been fighting for her return ever since.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Home of Christian Parliamentarian Attacked by Gunmen May 12, 2020

On April 29, four unidentified motorcyclists open fire on the home of Khalil Tahir Sindu, a Christian parliamentarian, likely due to his vocal support for the rights and protections of religious minorities in Pakistan. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Families Summoned, Beaten and Threatened with Death in Chhattisgarh May 12, 2020

Animists in central India last week told five Christian families they would lose their harvest lands unless they returned to their tribal religion and beat them when they refused.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Four Christians Killed, Head of High School and Family Shot in North-central Region May 9, 2020

Fulani herdsmen shot Rev. Bayo Famonure, head of Christian high school Messiah College, a Christian leader and his family in one part of Plateau state two days after they killed four Christians in another part of the state.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 13 Christians, Kidnap 13 Others in Kaduna State May 9, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked five predominantly Christian villages in Kaduna state killing 13, kidnapped 13 others and displacing more than 1,000 people from their homes.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Herdsmen Ambush Christian Couple with Machetes in Plateau State May 9, 2020

 Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked a Christian couple in Plateau state, Nigeria with machetes on Sunday (April 26), leaving the husband with serious injuries, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Fourteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Abducted in Faisalabad District May 4, 2020

a 14-year-old Christian girl from Madina Town, in Punjab, Pakistan, was abducted by a group of armed Muslim men as she traveled to her workplace as a domestic worker. Her family is begging for her return.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Expectations of Justice Low for Grieving Family of Street Sweeper May 4, 2020

Last week a Christian sanitation worker died after a police car struck him in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Police compensated the family with the equivalent of $620 US dollars, despite Islamic laws that would entitle them to more than $20,000.

Read more: Morning Star News

Egypt: Christian Woman Kidnapped, Converted May 2, 2020

A video began circulating three days after an Egyptian Christian woman was kidnapped by two veiled women, announcing that she has converted to Islam. Family and friends say she is being forced to comply with her abductors.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Algeria: USCIRF Designates African Nation as Religious Freedom Violator for First Time Ever May 2, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom added Algeria to its 2020 annual report on the world’s worst religious freedom violators. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Religious Persecution Highlighted by USCIRF’s 2020 Annual Report May 2, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has listed India among the world’s worst religious freedom violators in its 2020 Annual Report, released earlier this week. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Family Continues to Suffer Following Recovery of Abducted Daughter May 2, 2020

The family of a young girl recently returned after being abducted and forced to convert to Islam and marry her abductor remains in hiding today for fear of retaliation and ongoing harassment by her abductors.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Police Arrest Pastor on Fabricated Charges May 2, 2020

Presbyterian assistant pastor Sarfaraz Raja said his involvement and prior complaints of criminal activities were behind his arrest on Good Friday on falsified charges that he was illegally manufacturing and selling liquor.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Two Slain, Church Building Burned in Islamist Attacks May 2, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed two people, kidnapped another and burned down a church building and pastor’s home in attacks on predominantly Christian areas in north-central Nigeria.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Couple Abducted from Wedding in Attacks that Kill 12 Christians May 2, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen in northwest Nigeria killed 12 Christians and kidnapped several people including couple from their church wedding ceremony in attacks this month, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Turkey: World Commemorates Armenian Genocide April 28, 2020

April 24 marks the day when the world commemorates the 1915 Armenian genocide committed by Ottoman-era Turks. It was the day 250 Armenian leaders were arrested, deported and later massacred. Turkey still does not acknowledge it as genocide.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Elderly Woman Breaks Both Hands Fleeing Islamist April 28, 2020

Lawe village awoke to gunfire from a group of Islamist attacking their village. Sixty-year-old widow Elsie escaped her home to the pitch black night, and while escaping, fell and broke both of her hands.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor in Central Region Attacked for Police Report on Prior Assault, Expulsion April 28, 2020

Tribal animists in central India who demolished a pastor’s house and drove him and his family out of their village in March seriously injured him in an assault this month.

Read more: Morning Star News

Iran: Christian Human Rights Activist Sentenced to Flogging and Prison April 25, 2020

Christian human rights activist Mary Fatima Mohammadi received a suspended prison sentence of three months and a flogging of 10 lashes by the Iranian government.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Two House Churches Raided Local Authorities April 25, 2020

Within two days, a house church in China’s Xiamen, a city in southeastern Fujian province, and a house church in Guoyang County in the northwest Anhui Province were raided by police and local authorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Kano State Governor Appears in Conversion Video of Teen Girl April 25, 2020

A video was released of a young girl being led by the governor in a conversion ritual from Christianity to Muslim, an illegal act as a governor of a secular state is unable to promote any religion and this girl was a minor.

Read more: International Christian Concern 

Nigeria: Four Christians Killed in Kaduna State April 25, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed four Christians and set fire to more than 35 homes in Kaduna state on Sunday, a day after an Anglican priest was kidnapped in southern Nigeria, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Gunmen Shoot, Wound Daughter of Pastor Slain in 2015 April 25, 2020

Neelam Purty, daughter of pastor slain five years ago in the same house in Sandih village, was shot by two masked men looking for the “woman working as a spy.” Suspecting Purty, they shot her in the thumb and thigh and drove off.  

Read more: Morning Star News

 

Uganda: Young Christian Woman and Pregnant Convert Seriously Injured in Eastern Region April 20, 2020

A young woman who told a Muslim about Christ and a pregnant, formerly Muslim woman beaten for her new faith suffered serious injuries in eastern Uganda, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Herdsmen Kill Christian Student in Kaduna State, Pastor in Southern Region, Source Say April 20, 2020

A Christian student was killed in an attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna state on April 16, a week after a pastor was slain at his church building residence in southern Nigeria, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Christians Killed in Ambushes in Two North-Central States April 17, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen decapitated two Christians in Benue state in Nigeria and another group of herdsmen in Plateau state shot a Christian farmer dead, in the first two weeks of April.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Six Children, Pregnant Mother Among Nine Christians Killed in Islamist Attack April 17, 2020

About a dozen herdsmen armed with rifles and machetes raided Hura-Maiyanga village, in the Plateau state’s Bassa County, killing nine people. Among them, six children and a pregnant woman.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: Pastor Charged with Subversion of State Power April 14, 2020

Zhao Huaiguo, pastor of Bethel Church in China, was criminally detained by the government for “inciting subversion of state power” following his refusal to join the state-vetted Three-Self church. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Beaten into Coma by Tribal Animists in Odisha State April 14, 2020

A mob of 60 tribal animist villagers in India had stormed the home of Kama Sodi and beat him with wooden sticks until he was left unconscious. Threatening to kill the family, the mob threw their belongings outside and told them to leave the village.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Pastor, 10-Year-Old Boy and Two Other Christians Killed in Plateau State April 14, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria on Tuesday (April 7) killed a pastor and three members of his congregation, including a 10-year-old boy, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Iran: Christian Finds Warm Welcome in Exile April 14, 2020

Upon his release from seven years in prison for “crimes against national security,” a judge ordered Islam convert Ebrahim Firoozi to exile, hoping he would face harsh persecution among Muslims. On the contrary, Firoozi was met with a warm welcome.  

Read more: Morning Star News

Cuba: Intelligence Officers Ratchet Up Harassment of Christian Journalist April 14, 2020

Intelligence officials in Cuba have increased harassment of a Christian journalist, threatening harsh consequences to him and his mother if he continues reporting on human rights issues.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Boko Haram Attacks Community During Lockdown in Adamawa State April 8, 2020

Despite the state’s lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, Boko Haram militants attacked the Kirchinga village of Adamawa State where it is feared many were killed and homes and businesses burned.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Over 100 Christian Families Denied Food Aid Amid COVID-19 Crisis April 8, 2020

International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented another instance of Pakistani Christians being turned away from an aid distribution because of their religious identity, marking the third incident of discrimination.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Ancha Village Suffers Another Attack, Government Does Nothing April 6, 2020

Days before a deadly attack in Ancha village, the community had noticed suspicious movement in and around their village and called on the government for help. It didn’t arrive until after the attackers left. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Leaders Report Another Incident of Aid Being Denied to Christians April 6, 2020

Christian leaders in Pakistan are reporting another incident in which they were denied government food aid amid the COVID-19 crisis, marking the second report of government aid being denied to minorities in Pakistan.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Christian Village Suffers Eighth Attack in Three Years April 6, 2020

Over the course of two days and nights, Fulani Herdsmen stormed two villages – one for the eighth time in three years – killing at least 10 people and burning more than 30 homes. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Christian Released by Authorities April 6, 2020

Iranian Christian Amin Khaki was released from serving his 14-month prison sentence which began this past July. He had been furloughed last month because of the COVID-19 outbreak but told not to return.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Fulani Herdsmen Kill More than 60 Christians in Five Weeks, Sources Say April 6, 2020

Nigerian Christians living in the Plateau state were the target of a rash of attacks by Fulani herdsmen and Islamic groups in late March/early April. As a result of the attacks, more than 60 Christians were killed in just five weeks. 

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Abducted Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Returned to Christian Family March 30, 2020

Saima Javaid, a 13-year-old Christian girl, was ordered to be returned to her family 25 days after her abduction by two Muslim men — a rare victory for Pakistani Christians affected by the issue of abduction, forced conversion, and marriage.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nepal: Pastor Arrested for Praying Against COVID-19 Virus March 30, 2020

A Christian pastor in Nepal has been arrested for praying against the COVID-19 virus on a video that has circulated on social media. The pastor could face up to six months in prison after being accused of giving false information about the virus.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iraq: Curfew Causes Damages for Christian IDPs March 30, 2020

Iraq’s strict coronavirus restrictions are having potentially disastrous implications for Christians persecuted by ISIS attempting to rebuild their lives in the Nineveh Plains, a disputed territory currently under control of the Central Government.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Minorities Claim They Were Refused Aid Due to Their Religious Identities March 30, 2020

According to recent viral social media posts, Christian and Hindu families were refused food aid by Saylani Welfare International Trust staffers who were distributing aid in Karachi in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Read more: International Christian Concern

South Sudan: Baptist Church Recovers Truck Confiscated Eight Years Ago in Sudan March 30, 2020

Christian leaders in Sudan rejoiced when the new transitional government on Wednesday (March 25) released a truck confiscated eight years ago from a Baptist church.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Pastors in Northern India Falsely Imprisoned by Police for Three Days March 27, 2020

Two pastors in northern India were falsely imprisoned for three days after being assaulted by Hindus. The attack took place after the pastors shared a Gospel tract with a shopkeeper in Uttar Pradesh.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Myanmar: Abducted Pastor, Who was Presumed Dead, Released by Arakan Army March 27, 2020

International Christian Concern (ICC) rejoices at the news that Burmese pastor U Tun Nu, who was abducted by the Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine State and presumed dead, was released on March 8, 2020, after 14 months of detention.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians Suffer Police Brutality, Illegal Arrests in Uttar Pradesh March 23, 2020

Forcing them to pose like Christ on the cross, police last week beat Christians in custody on baseless charges in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Myanmar: Military Jets Open Fire on Christian Chin Villages, Killing 21 People March 23, 2020

A total of 21 villagers were killed and about two dozen injured when military jets opened fire on four majority Christian villages in Chin State, Myanmar (Burma) over the weekend.

Read more: Christian News Network

India: Pastor Continues Ministry in the Face of Escalating Persecution March 23, 2020

Christians in Uttar Pradesh are facing intimidation, harassment, arrest, or assault following a press conference by a Hindu nationalist group vowing to stop Christian conversions in the region. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Fifteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Escapes Captors who Forced Marriage and Conversion March 23, 2020

Fifteen-year-old Sadiya Amos was taken from her family in January by a group of Muslim men in Northern Kaduna State and was married to one of her abductors. She escaped captivity and returned to her parents on March 12.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: High Court Rejects Plea by Hindu Nationalists to Ban Religious Conversions March 23, 2020

The Delhi High Court allowed BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay to withdraw a public interest litigation calling for a ban on religious conversions, stating that religion is a personal belief and to convert to a different faith was an individual’s choice.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Families Beaten and Banned from Village in Northeast Region March 18, 2020

Two Christian families were beaten and banned from their home village after they refused to recant their Christian faith in December 2019. They faithfully continue to endure persecution. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Four Christians Tortured by Police March 18, 2020

Police and Hindu nationalists attacked a church gathering claiming they were illegally gathering to cause a disturbance of the peace. Following the attack, four Christians were detained and tortured by police for more than eight hours. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Hospital Attacked by Extremists March 18, 2020

A Christian hospital in India’s Karnataka state was attacked by Hindu extremists after a hospital official was asked about a Bible by a Hindu patient. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Fearing for Children’s Lives, Christian Family Refrains from Reporting Assault to Police March 18, 2020

Tribal animists in central India drove a Christian family into the jungle last week, with one later intercepting their 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her if she went to school again, her father said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Muslim Employer Beats Christian Employee for Asking to Go to Church March 17, 2020

Eighteen-year-old Shan Masih was reportedly “tortured” by his Muslim employer in Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to local sources, the Muslim employer used sticks and an iron rod to beat Masih after he asked for leave to attend church.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Bangladesh: Christian Rohingya Refugees Attacked, Kidnapped March 17, 2020

Human Rights Watch has confirmed reports that suspected Muslim, ethnic Rohingya beat and kidnapped Rohingya Christians in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. At least 12 Rohingya Christians were hospitalized with injuries.

Read more: Morning Star News

Sudan: Muslim Convert in Hiding After Receiving Threats from Community March 17, 2020

 Ahmed Alnour, a tribesman of the ethnic Misseriya Arabs was working as a scrap trader supporting his wife and seven children when Muslims in the area found out he was a Christian. They threatened his life and burned down his home, forcing him to seek hiding elsewhere.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christian Leader in Madhya Pradesh Run Over by Motorcycles, Sources Say March 10, 2020

Violence against Christians in India hit a new level on Tuesday (March 3) when Hindu extremists ran their motorcycles over a key evangelical leader after beating him, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Iran: Pastor Sentenced Without Court Hearing March 8, 2020

Pastor Matthias Hagnejad found that his five-year prison sentence was upheld after Iran’s Supreme Leader gave the judges special permission to bypass court procedures. He was convicted for “acting against national security.”

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Civilian Deaths Due to Conflict Rise by 650% March 8, 2020

According to statistics released by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Database (ACLED), Burkina Faso has seen a rise of 650 percent in civilian deaths from 173 in 2018 to 1295 deaths in 2019.

Read more: International Christian Concern