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September 2021
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Myanmar: Christians face triple threat

Christians in Myanmar need urgent help as they face the triple threat of the Myanmar military, serious hunger, and Covid-19. According to Barnabas Fund partners on the ground, the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar military) is repeatedly launching attacks against the civilians of Christian-majority ethnic groups such as the Chin, Kachin, and Karen. Many church buildings…

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September 2021
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Japan: Covid stops outreach plans, but not prayer, at the Tokyo Olympics

Plans for gospel outreach events at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were scuppered by the Covid pandemic, but organisers took the opportunity to focus on prayer. Called ‘Japan1Million’, the international prayer movement is seeking a million hours of prayer for the nation. It has been led by the Japanese International Sports Partnership (JiSP) and…

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September 2021
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Afghanistan: Christians ‘at huge risk’ after Taliban resurgence

Taliban fighters have tightened their grip on Afghanistan and have publicly told Christians to convert, leave, or be killed. The Taliban is also forcing women and girls in captured territories to ‘marry’ their fighters. The Islamist group is also carrying out reprisals on anyone who helped British and American forces over the past two…

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September 2021
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Nigeria: Evangelical church leader pleads for action to stop ‘genocide’

An evangelical church leader in Nigeria has called on state and federal officials to take urgent action to prevent a ‘genocide’ of the Irigwe people. The Irigwe, an ethnic group in Nigeria’s Middle Belt with a sizeable Christian population, have been under increased attack by Fulani militants over July and August. Pastor Stephen Baba…

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September 2021
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China: Four Christians imprisoned and fined for selling audio Bibles

Four Chinese Christians have been sentenced to prison for selling audio Bibles, according to reports. A court in Guangdong Province convicted the four Christians of ‘committing illegal business operations’. The group worked for the ‘Tree of Life Technology’ company, which provides audio Bibles to rural areas. Fu Xuanjuan, the leader of the company, was…

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September 2021
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Uganda: Legal challenge underway against blanket lockdown of places of worship

Uganda has imposed a blanket ban on people attending worship services because of the Covid crisis, but is allowing shopping malls and other commercial buildings to remain open. Religious freedom agency ADF International is helping to challenge the ban in court, calling it ‘disproportionate and unnecessary’. The Ugandan government introduced new regulations banning anyone…

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August 2021
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Nigeria: Christian school close amid surge in kidnappings

Several Christian schools in northern Nigeria have been forced to close down following an increase in the number of kidnappings. Local officials have ordered the closure of 13 ‘vulnerable’ places of education after some 140 staff and students were taken at gunpoint from a Baptist high school in southern Kaduna. Gunmen stormed Bethel Baptist…

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August 2021
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India: Nationalism is ‘existential threat’ to Christians

The violent nature of persecution against Christians in India is not only particularly horrific, it is also systemic and often carefully orchestrated, a hard-hitting report has claimed. The 12-page report, Destructive Lies: Disinformation, speech that incites violence and discrimination against religious minorities in India, stated that Christians in India are facing ‘imminent existential threat’…

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August 2021
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OAS: Commission candidate sent ‘bigoted’ questionnaire over his Christian beliefs

A Christian who sought election to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has been questioned in a ‘loaded and pejorative manner’ about whether his faith will interfere with his job. Religious liberty campaigners have written to the Organization of American States (OAS) to complain about the treatment of Dr Carlos Bernal Pulido, who later…

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August 2021
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China: crackdown on Christians ahead of party’s 100th anniversary

Chinese authorities arrested religious believers and placed activists under house arrest ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has claimed. Activists, dissidents, and former prisoners of conscience across the country were placed under house arrest or had their movement restricted in the run-up to…

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August 2021
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Sudan: Evangelical Presbyterian leader arrested

An Evangelical church leader in Khartoum, Sudan, was arrested and charged with impersonating others, based on claims from a committee mistakenly granted authority over the church. Rafat Obid, who is a leader of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) in Khartoum and leads the church’s council, was arrested, charged under Article 113 of the…

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August 2021
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DRC: Church bombing leaves two women injured

Two women were injured when a bomb exploded inside a church in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This was one of three blasts that took place in the city over the last weekend in June. Hours after the church bombing, a suicide bomber died in an attack outside a bar; the…

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