Family of 11 Homeless for Leaving Islam in Eastern Uganda

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Congregation dwindles due to threats by Muslim villagers. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, February 27, 2020 (Morning Star News) – The pastor of a church in eastern Uganda faces a dilemma after receiving threatening messages from Muslim villagers last week. A large family is staying at his church site after Islamist threats for leaving Islam forced them to flee … Read More

Six Years after Girls Kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, Attacks Persist in Area

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Targeted for ‘annihilation,’ area leaders say. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, February 26, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Nearly six years after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a high school in northeastern Nigeria, the Chibok area in Borno state is under threat of “annihilation” from the rebel group and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), area leaders … Read More

Iran: Appeal hearing for Iranian Christians

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The appeal hearing scheduled for 24 February to review the sentences of Assyrian pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh, and three Christian converts has been postponed once again. Three long-standing related cases have been combined and are under review. The first involves Pastor Victor and Persian Christian converts Amin Nader Afshari and Kavian Fallah Mohammadi, who were … Read More

Christians Suffer Two Months of Abuse in Jail on Baseless Charges in India

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Police find no evidence but yield to Hindu extremist pressure. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, February 25, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Three Christians in northern India spent more than two months in jail suffering abuse from other prisoners, even though police found no evidence of wrongdoing and the complainant retracted his accusation, sources said. In Uttar Pradesh state’s … Read More

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Predominantly Christian Community in Northeast Nigeria

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Church buildings, houses destroyed; casualties unknown. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, February 24, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist militants from terrorist group Boko Haram on Friday night (Feb. 21) destroyed three worship sites and an unspecified number of houses in northeast Nigeria, sources said. Thousands of people were displaced as the militants set three church buildings and the … Read More

Suspected Jihadist Attack on Church Service Kills 24 in Burkina Faso

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Pastor slain, 18 others wounded. By the Editor February 21, 2020 (Morning Star News) – In a West African country that now ranks 28th on Open Doors’ 50 most dangerous countries for Christians after not appearing on the list the previous year, suspected jihadists killed 24 Christians during a church service on Sunday (Feb. 16) in Burkina Faso. The church pastor was among … Read More

Iran: Appeal hearing for Iranian Christians

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Iranian Christians request prayer for an appeal hearing on 24 February to review the sentences of Assyrian pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh, and three Christian converts. The hearing will combine three long-standing related cases. The first involves Pastor Victor and Persian Christian converts Amin Nader Afshari and Kavian Fallah Mohammadi, who were arrested at a Christmas … Read More

Iran: Mary Mohammadi abused and facing criminal charges

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Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian convert Mary (Fatemeh) Mohammadi who is now known to be in Qarchak women’s prison, suffering from physical abuse she has received while in detention. Mary (21) was arrested on 12 January near Azadi Square in Tehran while protests were underway following the downing Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps … Read More

Church Decimated after Upper-Caste Hindus Stir Hostilities in Andhra Pradesh, India

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Christians too fearful to show up after attacks. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, February 13, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Attacks and harassment of a house church in southern India have decimated the 40-member congregation and left the pastor injured and demoralized. Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula on Jan. 27 pleaded with about a dozen local residents to stop building … Read More

Court in Pakistan Validates Forced Conversion, Marriage of Christian Girl to Muslim

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Underage victim continually kept from appearing at hearings. By Our Pakistan Correspondent LAHORE, Pakistan, February 12, 2020 (Morning Star News) – A high court ruling in Pakistan validating the marriage and forced conversion to Islam of a 14-year-old Christian girl has heightened fears that it will encourage others to commit such crimes, sources said. The High Court in Sindh Province on … Read More