Large-Scale Killings, Kidnappings Hit Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria, Sources Say

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Thousands displaced – then told to pay ransoms. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, January 15, 2020 (Morning Star News) – More than 200 Muslim Fulani herdsmen have attacked predominantly Christian villages in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria since Jan. 6, killing at least 35 people and kidnapping 58 others, including a mother and her 6-month-old baby, sources said. Armed with AK-47s, the herdsmen … Read More

Algeria: Another church closed by government

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Algerian Christians request prayer for a church in the city of Oran after a court ordered its closure on 12 January 2020. Twelve churches affiliated with the EPA (Église Protestante d’Algérie), the umbrella organization for Protestant churches, have been ordered closed since November 2017.     In January 2018 this church had been ordered to “regularize” its situation within three … Read More

Three Christian Teachers Killed in Northeast Kenya, Sources Say

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Al Shabaab militants select non-local Christians for execution. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, January 14, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Somali Al Shabaab rebels killed three Christian teachers in northeast Kenya at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 13), sources said. “One of the attackers said, ‘We cannot allow infidels to teach our children,’ and there and then fired … Read More

Woman en Route to Her Wedding, 10 Other Christians Killed in Nigeria

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Suspected Boko Haram militants intercept, behead them, sources say. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, January 13, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed a woman and her bridal party in northeast Nigeria five days before her planned New Year’s Eve wedding, and eight other Christians were killed in separate attacks, sources said. Martha Bulus and her two … Read More

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 13 Christians, Wound Three in Central Nigeria

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Attack in Plateau state, kidnapping in Kaduna state, follow video of executions. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, January 10, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 13 Christians in Plateau state, Nigeria on Wednesday (Jan. 8), the same day four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state. About 20 herdsmen attacked the predominantly Christian … Read More

Boko Haram Kidnaps Christian Leader in Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

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Church of the Brethren in Nigeria district leader pleads for help. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, January 7, 2020 (Morning Star News) – A leader of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) pleaded for help on a video released on Sunday (Jan. 5) after Islamic extremists with Boko Haram kidnapped him last week. The Rev. Lawan Andimi was … Read More

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, Most Harsh on Christians, Sources Say

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Officers frequently bow to pressure from Hindu extremists. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, January 6, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Police in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state work in tandem with Hindu extremists to treat Christians and other religious minorities especially harshly, sources said. “The UP police force is very different from the rest of India,” Dinanath Jaiswar, a … Read More

Harsh Sentence for Pastor Wang Signals Severe Crackdown in China, Sources Say

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Early Rain Covenant Church leader given nine years in prison. By the Editor January 3, 2020 (Morning Star News) – The sentencing of pastor Wang Yi to nine years in prison this week for “subversion” and “illegal business activities” shows how authorities in China are increasingly intolerant of unregistered churches, sources said. Pastor Wang of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, capital … Read More

Christians in India Spend Christmas in Jail, Accused of Illegally Practicing Medicine

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Law on unregistered medical practice invoked for healing prayer. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, January 2, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Christians arrested in central India after Hindu nationalist, tribal villagers disrupted their worship service spent Christmas in jail before they were released on bail after 11 days – accused of illegally practicing medicine. Pastor Mukam Kiraad, 35, along … Read More

Christmas Celebrations Mark Progress of Religious Freedom in Sudan

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Muslim government officials attend yuletide service of long-persecuted church. By Our Sudan Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, December 30, 2019 (Morning Star News) – In stark contrast to his predecessor, Sudan’s new minister of religious affairs last week attended a long-persecuted church’s Christmas service. Following the Sudanese government’s announcement of Christmas as a public holiday for the first time in eight years, … Read More