Persecution Watch Archives - Page 8 of 9 - HEART Christian newspaper
HEROINE: Asia Bibi languishes in prison but is now a nominee for the Sakharov Prize
A Christian woman who has been on death row in Pakistan for seven years has been honoured by the European Parliament.
Asia Bibi, the first …
A Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt has been murdered in a Cairo street.
The attacker slashed Bishop Samaan Shehata in the head, neck and torso.
According to Morning Star News, a security spokesman said the suspect, Ahmed Saeed Ibrahim, was mentally ill, but neighbours denied this, saying he was a Muslim who had been radicalised a year ago. Since then, Ibrahim had begun praying in the street, shouting loudly and calling Christians infidels.
Captured by people on the street in the outskirts of Cairo and now in custody, Ibrahim reportedly approached Shehata wielding a large knife or cleaver, while the bishop was waiting for another clergyman in his car.
Port authorities in Sudan have held a shipment of Bibles without explanation for over two years.
Morning Star News reports that the container was one of two deliveries of Arabic Bibles destined for Khartoum. Other shipments of Bibles to Port Sudan …
Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burmese (Myanmar) army last December were sentenced to prison on 27 October.
The charges of unlawful association, defaming the military and spying were all denied by the pastors.
Pastor Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, was given four years and three months, while Pastor La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, received two years and three months.
The two ethnic Kachin pastors, members of the Kachin Baptist Convention, were alleged to be spies for the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO).
Egyptian police have prevented a terrorist attempt to bomb a Coptic church in northeast Egypt.
The Mar Girgis (St George) church in El-Arish, which was also attacked during anti-Christian violence in August 2013, was saved by state security forces outside …
A terrorist rampage in central Nigeria left 48 Christians dead in nine days in October, including many women and children.
The attackers were Islamic Fulani herdsmen – responsible for hundreds of murders in recent years.
The herdsmen broke down doors to slaughter families, burn houses and destroy churches in Plateau State in several attacks on villages between 8 and 17 October.
“Every one of us ran to save his life,” said church elder Dauda Samuel Kadiya of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Zanwrua. He told Morning Star News: “All Christians in villages around here have been displaced, and worship buildings have been abandoned.”
Six Pakistani police officers have been arrested and charged with the murder of a Christian child at his school.
Young Christian Arslan Masih was killed after being dragged out of a classroom by police officers intent on revenge against him …
Rebuilding hope in Iraq
Christians are slowly returning to the town of Karamles in Iraq after Islamic State (ISIS) was ousted.
Over half of the houses in the town are either piles of rubble or completely burnt out, but 250 families have signed up to return. With the help of Christian charity Open Doors, 30 houses have so far been restored, with 20 more in the pipeline. However, the returnees get no help from the government.
ISIS hold 100 Christians hostage in Philippines
Brothers Abdullah and Omar Maute, co-founders of the Maute Islamist terror group
Since an ISIS proxy terror group called the Maute group invaded Marawi on the island of Mindanao on 23 May, an estimated 350,000 people have run for their lives, a hundred Christians have been captured and many women have been forced into sex slavery.
The government has recovered some areas of the city from Maute control, but the Philippine army has suffered severe losses. Christians have been taken as human shields as the fighting continues, and the desecration of a church was shown on ISIS media.
The hostages include a Roman Catholic priest, Father Teresito Soganub, according to the Daily Mail. President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed martial law across the southern third of the country to tackle the crisis, and has vowed to destroy the extremists.
By early July, 70 government soldiers, 27 civilians and 290 militants had been killed in the conflict and many neighbourhoods reduced to rubble.
Pakistani family sold twice into slavery
A father of five children has been duped into signing away his family’s freedom and future.