Thursday, November 15, 2012
Eritrea has one of the most brutal dictatorships worldwide and the repression has created a refugee crisis. Since May 2002 Christians have been severely persecuted and an estimated 1500 are suffering torture and appalling prison conditions today, simply for their faith. With no independent media, news is extremely difficult to obtain. Open Doors reports that on 30 October a Christian Muslim convert, Adris Ali Mohammed (31), died in custody after two years of systematic torture aimed at forcing him to renounce his faith. Christians in refugee camps are no safer as the Eritrean military runs a lucrative operation on behalf of the government, trafficking them to Bedouin gangs in the Sinai. Please pray for Eritrean Christians and that God will effect deep and radical change
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
On Wednesday 2 March a massive pogrom erupted in Asendabo, Ethiopia, some
Thursday, February 3, 2011
On Friday March 4th 2011 Christians around the world will celebrate the World Day of Prayer. The service has been written by the women of Chile. It is an appropriate theme for them as bread is eaten at every meal and is very much part of every day life in their country. The women of Chile offer what it means to them as they share this service with us.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The government of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki is brutally totalitarian. In September 2001 it imprisoned all its critics and closed down all the independent media. A ban on 'non-traditional'worship came into force in May 2002, affecting some 20,000 believers in dozens of Protestant, Pentecostal and mission-based denominations. Since then police have been pulling members from prayer meetings, Bible studies and even wedding parties to face intimidation, beatings, arrest, incarceration and torture (even to death). Today more than 2,000 mostly Protestant Christians are incarcerated in appalling conditions purely because they are active members of banned 'non-traditional' fellowships.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The case of a man whose heart stopped beating for 1-1/2 hours only to revive just as doctors were preparing to remove his organs for transplants is fuelling ethical debates in France about when a person is dead.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Repression is escalating in China in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics as the Communist Party government prepares the country to go on display before the world. The government is determined that visitors and television viewers will witness only stability, harmony and economic development and not human rights abuses, neglect or repression. The government wants to ensure 'subversive'
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Whilst Indonesian Muslims have traditionally been nominal, cultural, progressive Muslims, Islamic fundamentalism and militancy is growing. From west to east, Christians are coming under increased pressure. Islamists are pressing ahead with Sharia law in autonomous Aceh, while militant fundamentalists in West Java
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Since granting Papua Special Autonomy in 2001, Indonesia has ramped up the repression and terrorisation of the mostly Christian indigenous population. Some 5000 Javanese Muslims migrate to Papua weekly. Church leaders such as Rev Sofian Yoman are being increasingly intimidated. On Sunday 29 July, Indonesian security forces threatened him at gunpoint outside the Baptist Church service in Jayapura. On 2 September, Indonesian security agents distributed leaflets throughout Jayapura picturing and defaming him. Two young key members of the Maranatha Kingmi Protestant Church in Nabire were recently brutally murdered.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Pastor Leule Gebreab of Asmara's Apostolic Church 'disappeared' on 12 August. For weeks nobody has been able to learn anything of his whereabouts and he is believed to have been arrested. His wife is greatly distressed. On 19 August, 10 members of the Full Gospel Church were arrested as they worshipped in a house in Asmara. Some 2000 Eritrean Protestants are presently suffering for their faith under appalling conditions in prison. Recently a group of 10 single Christian women who had been in prison for some 18 months were separated from other prisoners and taken to Weaa (Wi'a) Military Training Centre. Compass Direct reports the women were then ordered to recant their faith and were tortured when they refused. On Wednesday 5 September, Nigsti Haile (33) was tortured to death. She is the fourth Christian to die in custody due to torture.
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