Violence and Instability Take Their Toll on Nigerian Children
Tiny Japheth lost his parents and siblings during an attack on their village when he was only seven months old. Cuddled by his mother as she protected him, he was the only family member to survive. In children face persecution based on their parents' decision to accept Christ, the children's decision to hold on to Jesus even when their parents backslide, or as victims of violence against the church in northern Nigeria.
As global tension escalates Christian children have become targets of abuse and persecution in several countries in
Somali Convert to Christianity Kidnapped, Beheaded
Juma Nuradin Kamil, a kidnapped Christian convert from Islam, was found decapitated on Sept. 2 in southwestern . According to sources, his body lay in the open for two days before unknown people secretly buried him.
Christian Nurse in Pakistan Boldly Opts to Report Videotaped Rape
Shaista Samuel testifies, "Adnan said that they would shoot me if I raised my voice. I was in complete shock my senses went numb, and I could not believe this was happening to me .They ruined my life completely."
Two Philippine Christian Leaders Shot Dead
In the stillness of the evening, Jum woke to gunshots fired inside her home. Her husband, Mario Acidre, staggered into the bedroom, bleeding profusely. Rushed to the hospital he died shortly thereafter. Just eighteen days after Mario's shooting, another Christian leader, Nickarter "Boy" S. Gonzalo, was gunned down outside of his home.
Pakistani Muslims Fire on Christians in Land-Grab, Killing One
"Attackers forced their way into Kashif's house and started throwing the family's belongings onto the street," said Wazir Masih, a Christian elder in the area. "They also tore the clothes off Kashif's three female family members." Hearing the commotion neighboring Christians gathered outside the home. Heavily-armed assailants fired indiscriminately at the crowd, killing one and injuring 21 others.
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Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead 17-year-old Christian
Militants vowing to rid of Christianity last month brutally killed 17-year-old Guled Jama Muktar. Watched since moving from in 2008, his family held secret Bible meetings in their home and knew that they had become targets.
Christian Evangelist Killed in Nigeria
Violence-weary Christians have been further upset to learn of the murder of a Nigerian evangelist Mark Ojunta less than three months after an Islamic group killed a local pastor. Ojunta died "as a martyr on his field among the Kotokos," notes Calvary Ministries International Director Amos Aderonmu.
Not a Single Christian Church Left in According to the State Departments latest International Religious Freedom Report, there is not a single Christian church left in Afghanistan. The report also states that there are no Christian schools left in the country. The last Christian church was razed in March of 2010 when the courts did not uphold the churchs claim to its 99-year lease. "The governments level of respect for religious freedom in law and in practice declined during the reporting period, particularly for Christian groups and individuals, reads the State Department report. : Full Story>>
Christian Mother of Five in Nigeria Killed
What began as a soccer match at a school ended in violence and the death of Charity Augustine Agbo, a Christian mother of five. The fighting then spread from the school to other parts of the city where other Muslims reportedly joined the Muslim students, attacking Christians and setting their homes ablaze.
Exodus of Christians from Iraq Continues Unabated
While the world's attention has focused on countries such as Libya, , and , ongoing violence in continues to push Christians to the northern reaches of the Kurdish region and abroad. One Christian observes, "The attacks on Christians continue and the world remains totally silent. It's as if we've been swallowed up by the night."
Inside Embattled Syria Hostility Increases Towards Christians
While much of the world's attention is focused on the Egyptian elections and American troops withdrawing from Iraq, the situation inside Syria is getting worse, especially for Christians.
Al Qaeda Cell in Turkey Accused of Planning to Bomb Churches
A large-scale plot to bomb "all the churches in Ankara," as well as the Turkish Parliament and U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital, has been made public. Among the CDs, detailed maps, sketches and building diagrams, police discovered lists of the names and home addresses of Christian clergy and other church workers as possible targets.