News from the Frontlines

Friday December 19, 2014

Pastor in Kenya Fears His Life Is in Imminent Danger from Islamic Extremists

Convert of Somali descent says Al Shabaab has put bounty on his head.

 

By Our East Africa Correspondent

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 18, 2014 (Morning Star News) – A pastor in Kenya of Somali descent whom Islamic extremist Al Shabaab militants have threatened for leaving Islam fears he soon could be killed.

 

Somali Al Shabaab rebels have offered a reward to anyone who kills the Rev. Mahad H. Birik, and after a video of him describing his conversion from Islam seeped into major Somali broadcast, Web and print media two months ago, the pastor of an undisclosed church on the outskirts of Nairobi said longstanding threats on his life became concrete this month.

 

“My family is now living in a sleepless state,” said the father of two children – one age 15 from a wife who was taken from him when he left Islam, and a 2-year-old from remarriage. “My life and that of my family is in imminent danger. It is very serious and real, as Muslim extremists are strategizing on having my head.”

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Nigeria

Friday December 19, 2014

Islamist Herdsmen, Mercenaries Attack Christians in Benue, Nigeria, from Nasarawa

Five killed in predominantly Roman Catholic community.

 

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

MAKURDI, Nigeria, December 17, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen from Nasarawa state and Islamist mercenaries from outside Nigeria attacked villages in neighboring Benue state on Sunday (Dec. 14), killing five Christians, sources said.

 

Inhabited almost entirely by ethnic Idoma farmers, the Fulani herdsmen from Nasarawa state, with mercenaries from Chad and Niger, razed several villages, destroying homes and church buildings in the predominantly Roman Catholic Agatu Local Government Area and forcing hundreds of Christians to flee.

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Nigeria

Friday December 19, 2014

Gunmen Kill Christian Widow in Jos, Nigeria Bomb Blasts

Attack fulfills Boko Haram objectives of killing Christians and destabilizing government.

 

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

JOS, Nigeria, December 13, 2014 (Morning Star News) – For Jummai Sunday, 63, Thursday (Dec. 11) began like any other for the Christian widow. After a morning devotional, she visited sick or bereaved families, and then returned home to gather items for sale at her market spot near the bus terminal area in Jos, Nigeria.

 

She survived the twin bomb blasts that the Boko Haram jihadist group is suspected of setting off that evening, but gunmen who swooped in on survivors killed her with shots to her head, leg and hand, relatives said. At least 31 other people in the predominantly Christian area were killed and 45 wounded by the Islamic extremist group that has created violent chaos for five years in its bid to turn Nigeria into a sharia (Islamic law) state. [READ MORE]

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]

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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]

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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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Tuesday December 2, 2014

Al Shabaab Islamists Again Attack Non-Muslims near Mandera, Kenya, Killing 36

Most of those slain said to be Christians from outside the area.

 

By Our East Africa Correspondent

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 2, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Members of the Islamic extremist insurgent group Al Shabaab early this morning killed 36 non-Muslims, most of them Christian, in an attack in northern Kenya, sources said.

 

Coming 10 days after the Somali insurgents’ assault in the same area that left 28 non-Muslims dead, including 19 Christians, today’s massacre triggered the firing of Kenya’s Interior minister and the resignation of the national police chief.

 

In the assault on a laborer tent camp shortly after midnight at a quarry in Kormey, 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Mandera on the border with Somalia, Al Shabaab rebels from Somalia separated out the non-Muslims and shot most of them at close range in the head. At least two were beheaded, and the rebels drove several of the workers to the Somali border before executing them. [READ MORE]

 

News from the Frontlines

Tuesday December 2, 2014

Christians in India Beaten Nearly Unconscious in Latest of Several Attacks

Family in Odisha state driven from village after Hindu extremists burn down their home.

 

By Our New Delhi Correspondent

NEW DELHI, November 30, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in Odisha state on Oct. 25 summoned a Christian family to a public meeting for a “compromise” on religious conflict but instead beat them nearly unconscious, sources said.

 

Irma Markami and four members of his family received hospital treatment for eight days after the attack, which came 10 days after nearly all the villagers from Gumkaguda, Malkangiri beat them for refusing to renounce Christ. [READ MORE]

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Tuesday December 2, 2014

Christian Tortured to Death in Pakistan on False Charges, Relatives Say

Roman Catholic father of five dies in police custody.

 

By Our Pakistan Correspondent

LAHORE, Pakistan, November 26, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Police here tortured a Christian to death on Saturday (Nov. 22) while the father of five was in custody on drug and alcohol charges fabricated without evidence, relatives said.

 

Four policemen led by Assistant Sub-Inspector Muhammad Rauf raided the home of Allah Rakha Shahzad, 35, on Friday night (Nov. 21) alleging that he was involved in selling alcohol and drugs, said Rafaqat Gill, brother-in-law to the deceased. Police took Shahzad, known as Mithu, from his Green Town residence in Lahore. [READ MORE]

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