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This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Kazakh pastor held on charge of harming healthCountry/Region: Kazakhstan, Central Asia
A pastor in Kazakhstan has been detained on a charge of “inflicting serious harm to health” after a woman who attended his church was said to “lose her mind”.
Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev (66), who leads Grace Church in the capital, Astana, was arrested on 17 May and subsequently ordered to be held for up to two months’ pre-trial detention...
Editorial: Nigeria needs help to defeat Boko Haram
Nigerian forces have launched their biggest offensive against Boko Haram since the Islamist group’s deadly insurgency began in 2009.
Obama called to act against countries that violate religious freedom
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has criticised the State Department’s inaction regarding countries identified as “egregious religious freedom violator[s]”...
“Reign of terror” against Christians in Central African Republic
Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) are being targeted by Islamist militants who seized control of the country in March...
Editorial: Testimonies from a war zone: Syrian Christians share their stories
Barnabas Fund’s International Director, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, here shares first-hand accounts from Syrian Christians who he met last week in Lebanon.
Good result for Christians in Indian state as Hindu nationalists lose power
A Hindu nationalist party, which supports extremist groups that attack and harass Christians, has lost control of Karnataka state, India, in a crushing election defeat.