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The only vicar left in Iraq

September 28, 2019 |

Meet the brave successor to Canon Andrew White

ON 25 OCTOBER 2009, SUICIDE bombers killed 150 people on the streets outside St George’s Church in Baghdad, injuring 600 more.

Faez Jirjees remembers this attack well. Despite the continuing risks faced … Read More

“Hand over Iran tanker for terror debt”

July 26, 2019 |

In a twist on the Iran tanker crisis, human rights lawyers want Britain to sell the tanker seized by Royal Marines on 4 July to pay millions of dollars owed to terror victims.

Yet the British government and media have … Read More

Persecution Watch Oct – Nov 2017

October 4, 2017 |

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. Read More

PERSECUTION WATCH: APRIL – MAY 2017

March 30, 2017 |

Somalian family attacked in their sleep

Terrorists wound father, kill wife and son

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia – affiliated with Al Qaeda

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia – affiliated with Al Qaeda

Islamic extremists in Somalia shot a Christian family as they slept, seriously wounding the husband and killing his wife and 11-year-old son.

The militants broke into the family’s home in Afgoi, about 30k from Mogadishu, at dawn. According to Morning Star News, at least four armed men carried out the attack in February, shouting the jihadist slogan, “Allahhu Akbar (Allah is greater)” and saying, “We cannot allow the defiling of our religion with a foreign, Western religion.” Read More

Iranian Church may be world’s fastest growing

November 25, 2016 |

(Photo: © Hope for the Persecuted)

OVER 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptised at a service near Iran in September.

New converts from eight Persian-speaking churches shared the stories of how Jesus had transformed their lives, according to Elam Ministries. Read More

PERSECUTION WATCH Oct – Nov 2016

September 29, 2016 |

Girl kidnapped by ISIS appears on Facebook

Two years after her abduction by ISIS, little Christine, whose kidnap we reported in HEART, is still missing – but hopes rose for her mother when her daughter’s photo appeared on Facebook.

At least … Read More

Iran: Maryam back in prison after treatment

July 27, 2016 |

Maryam Naghash Zargaran before her imprisonment

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, has been in Evin prison for three years and urgently needed medical treatment which the prosecutor refused to grant.

Since our report in the June-July issue, … Read More

British bishops join Free Iran protest

July 27, 2016 |

Right Rev Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester – one of several bishops protesting against Iran’s treatment of Christians. Photo: Diocese of Gloucester

Persecution of Christians in Iran is getting worse, said four bishops as a ‘Free Iran’ international protest took place in Paris on 9 July.

Almost 80 British and American church leaders supported the protest, one year after economic sanctions on Iran were lifted. They demanded government action to prevent persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Islamic state. Read More

US accused of Iran cover-up

June 7, 2016 |
Saeed Abedini after his release earlier this year

Saeed Abedini after his release earlier this year

The law firm that successfully lobbied for the release of Christian pastor Saeed Abedini from Iran says the US administration ignored hostages in Iran while negotiating a nuclear deal with the country.

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Iranian prisoner encourages the faithful

June 7, 2016 |

The current crackdown on Christians in Iran has targeted the leaders of house churches, but an imprisoned convert has managed to sneak out a message to encourage Iranian Christians. Read More

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