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Displaced Iraqi Christians die in miserable conditions 

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq  
More than 1.2 million Iraqis have reportedly been driven from their homes

Reports have emerged that Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamist militants are beginning to die in crowded camps and other temporary places of refuge.

On 10 August, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako released a statement on the plight of displaced Iraqi Christians, whom he said are sleeping in churches, schools, streets and public parks.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, North Korea, Nigeria, Iran  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 21 August 2014

Iran: Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini threatened by ISIS;
Nigeria: Repeated attacks target Christians in Taraba state;
North Korea: American missionary transferred back to labour camp.

 
Country/Region: India, South and East Asia  
Indian Christians praying. In parts of India, Christians are under threat from militant Hindu nationalists

Indian Christian women arrested following false accusations of forced conversions

Four Christian women were arrested in the Indian state of Karnataka after visiting the home of a non-Christian family.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Lao, People's Democratic Republic  
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Five Christians accused of murder in Laos found not guilty

A group of Christians in Laos who were falsely accused of murder have been found not guilty. The believers, who remain in custody, were arrested after a sick woman sought prayer...

 
Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria  
Map showing the location of Borno state, Northern Nigeria

Brutal Boko Haram attack on predominantly Christian area claims 100 lives in northeast Nigeria

The predominantly Christian area of Gwoza in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, is under siege by suspected Boko Haram militants, who have rampaged through villages over the last two weeks...

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq  
Mosul fell to ISIS on Tuesday (10 June)

Editorial: Is the international response too little, too late for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians?

In the year 363 AD, a very holy man by the name of Mattai, fleeing persecution under the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate, founded the monastery of St Matthew’s. Lying 20 miles from Mosul in northern Iraq...

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iran  
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Iranian pastor charged with “waging war against God”

Iranian pastor Matthias Haghnejad has been charged with enmity against God, a crime that can be punishable by death, while the fate of two other Christians arrested with him remains unknown.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 15 August 2014

India: Christians at prayer meeting beaten with iron bars by Hindu extremists;
Egypt: Muslims attack Christians over plans for new church;
Pakistan: Home of prominent Christian lawyer attacked;
Bangladesh: Targeted church warned to withdraw case against assailants.

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa  
Iraq Christians flee ISIS militants

Save the Christians of the Middle East Petition

Please sign the petition and encourage others to do the same within your church and community. You can obtain copies by contacting your local Barnabas office or by downloading them  Download.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Philippines, Nigeria, Africa  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 1 August 2014

Philippines – Christian town seeks exclusion from semi-independent Islamic region;
Nigeria - Church blast kills five in Kano city;
Nigeria - Ordeal continues for families of kidnapped girls.

 
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    • Give thanks that members of a Pakistani Christian family who have been trapped in bonded labour for years have been rescued by Barnabas partners. The owner of the brick kiln where they worked had kept them enslaved by withholding their wages and forcing them to take out a loan from him. When they tried to leave, he made them return, and he beat, tortured and threatened to kill them. The father of the family died in 2013 as a result of illness and weakness. But earlier this year, his widow sought help from our partners, and they obtained a court order for the recovery of the family. Pray for the three members who have already been rescued as they recuperate at a safe house. Pray too for the efforts to secure the freedom of six others still held by the owner. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 23 hours ago

    • About 1,500 Christians staged a protest in Lahore, Pakistan in June 2014 over the grabbing of church-owned property by the government of Punjab. Over ten large properties, including a church, schools, hospitals and graveyards, have been taken. Christian leaders met with the Lahore District Coordination Officer on 15 June to demand the return of the latest school to be seized, but when they failed to get a positive response, Christian protestors took to the streets. Pray that the provincial government will respect the property rights of the churches. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Praise God that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has instructed the government to take specific steps to protect religious minorities from violence and intolerance. The ruling was issued partly in response to the deadly attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar in September 2013, which claimed over 100 lives. The court ordered the formation of a National Council for Minority Rights, a special police force to protect places of worship, and a taskforce to develop strategies to counter intolerance, along with further corrective measures. Campaigners for the rights of Christians in Pakistan welcomed the moves but expressed reservations about whether they would be implemented. Pray that the measures will achieve a tangible improvement in the condition of the country’s Christians. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Loving Father, we cry out to You for the loved ones of ten Egyptian Christians who were murdered in Libya in February and March this year. We ask that You will bring your healing and peace to their families and friends and comfort their congregations in their loss. We pray for protection for Egyptian and other expatriate Christians in Libya and ask that their neighbours will not yield to requests by the militants to hand them over and get a reward in return. We pray that further Islamist attacks against Christians will be prevented and that the Libyan authorities will establish a greater measure of control over the country. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Pray for Egyptian Christians who are leaving Libya in the face of growing violence against them. Many have gone there seeking work, but following the recent spate of killings, they are now fleeing. An Egyptian church leader has said that attacks and threats against Christians in the region are an attempt at “genocide”. Pray that what seems to be a targeted Islamist campaign to wipe Christians out of Libya will not succeed. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Aug 2014 00:00

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