Persecution Intensifies in the "Stan" Countries of Central Asia
As global tension escalates Christian children have become targets of abuse and persecution in several countries in . Stones are thrown, harsh words are spoken, and many are beaten by their schoolmates. In and new laws are being considered that would, in part; go so far as to ban children from being involved in religious organizations.
In Iraq Some Christian Children Simply "Don't Exist"
Dressed as Superman, 5-year old Jeener plays in the church building. Jeener is the eldest son of pastor Majeed and his wife Shilaan, but, under Iraqi law, this small "Superman" doesn't exist. His 10-month-old brother also is a "non-existent" Iraqi inhabitant.
Pressure on Iranian Christians Increasing With Growth of Believers
"We are regularly visited by the police; they warn us against speaking about Jesus," says Ramin, a Christian leader. "There is an explosive growth of Christians converts in the country. We can hardly handle the growing number of new believers."
Pakistani Woman Condemned of Blasphemy Allegedly Beaten in Prison: A female prison officer assigned to provide security for a Christian mother of five, who was sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, allegedly beat her earlier this month. Sources in Pakistans Sheikhupura District Jail said Noreen, also known as Asia Bibi, was beaten on Oct. 5 by a prison officer identified only as Khadeeja, allegedly because of the Muslim officers anti-Christian bias, while other staff members deployed for her security looked on in silence. Full Story>>