News from the Frontlines

Thursday December 11, 2014

Christians Protest Violence as Church Burning Hits New Delhi, India

Government under increasing pressure as impunity for assailants continues.

 

By Our India Correspondent

NEW DELHI, December 9, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Christians in New Delhi, unaccustomed to religious hostilities more common in remote areas, erupted in protest as violence hit the capital last week.

 

Church leaders wrote to national officials as the Advent season brought three disturbing incidents, including an apparent arson attempt. The interior of one of the larger church buildings in the Archdiocese of Delhi, St. Sebastian’s Church in the Dilshad Garden area of New Delhi, was found charred on the morning of Dec. 1. [READ MORE]

Nigeria

Thursday December 11, 2014

Boko Haram Kills More Christians as it Expands 'Caliphate' in Nigeria

Islamic extremist rebels seize towns in Borno state, kidnap 20 women.

 

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

JOS, Nigeria, December 7, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from Boko Haram killed 11 people and kidnapped 20 women as they attacked predominantly Christian Lassa in northeastern Nigeria state last week, the third town in three weeks that the terrorist group claims as part of its caliphate.

 

The Boko Haram insurgents, who seek to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria, invaded Lassa in southern Borno state on Wednesday (Dec. 3), sources said. Survivors who escaped the carnage and arrived at Jos told Morning Star News that the Boko Haram gunmen initially stormed the town on Nov. 29 but were repelled, then returned on Wednesday, destroying church buildings and homes. [READ MORE]

News from the Frontlines

Friday December 5, 2014

As Injustice Escalates, Senator in Pakistan Seeks Solution to 'Blasphemy' Violence

Christian mother of five appeals death sentence; blogger in hiding is arrested.

 

By Our Pakistan Correspondent

LAHORE, Pakistan, December 5, 2014 (Morning Star News) – In the span of one month, a Christian blogger who hid for more than three years on a blasphemy charge was arrested; a Christian mother of five sentenced to death for allegedly speaking ill of Muhammad filed her appeal with the Supreme Court; and a mob tortured and killed a Christian couple accused of desecrating the Koran.

 

At the end of that month, November, a key senator from the ruling party floated a proposal calling for the establishment of inter-faith committees throughout Pakistan to investigate blasphemy allegations in order to head off potential violence. [READ MORE]

News from the Frontlines

Friday December 5, 2014

Police in Sudan Attack Worshipping Congregation, Arrest 38 Christians

Church members released after paying fine.

By Our Sudan Correspondent

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 3, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Police in North Khartoum, Sudan yesterday beat, arrested and fined 38 Christians worshipping at Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, sources said.

 

After nearly two weeks of raiding and demolishing church property, officers armed with guns and batons arrived at the church compound at 6:30 a.m. on two trucks accompanied by seven smaller vehicles and broke through the main gate, beating whoever they found in church complex, sources said. Security personnel surrounded the complex, preventing people from entering or leaving, they said.

 

Police then started to beat worshippers and arrested 38 for refusing to surrender the property, eyewitnesses said. [READ MORE]

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