Some were not interested in losing their power and corrupt privileges. Others preferred to continue their religious life with a “straw God”.
A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.
Jan Dezort, of Generation 21, analyses the frustrations and success stories of a relocation programme for Middle Eastern Christian refugees in the Czech Republic.
“Compassion and security are not mutually exclusive”, Tim Breene, CEO of World Relief said. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham and other evangelical leaders support Trump.
A German television reports about the measures taken by the authorities to stop violence against refugees converting to Christianity.
Soldiers and priests go into temples for the first time after Daesh (ISIS) lost control of the Christian cities. Courtesy of Open Doors.
Qaraqosh, the so-called “Christian capital”, is among the cities recovered. Christian refugees held a vigil to celebrate it. Experts believe the advance to Mosul will be long and difficult.
Three in ten victims are civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 15,000 children have lost their lives since 2011.
A report launched by the EU Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief analyses the restrictions in 53 countries. “Human rights should not be a hobby, they should be a core task for a diplomat.”
It is the deadliest single bomb attack in Iraq since 2007. 28 people also died in Bangladesh on Saturday, after another Daesh attack in a cafe.
German magazine Stern reports about 80 refugees from Iran and Afghanistan being baptised in Hamburg. New believers are seen with suspicion by those who think they changed their faith for political reasons. They also face threats of other refugees.
Syria, Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, and Vietnam are also among the “countries of particular concern.” For the first time, Western Europe is in the list as a place that “deserve monitoring.”
A group moved to Germany without permission. Interior Minister says the refugees abused Czech solidarity and announces tougher measures.
Local church members “invite refugees to their homes, let their children get to know their children, show them where to get a discount on children’s clothes.”
“This is the closest language to mean ‘genocide’ without using that terminology”, says EEA representative in Brussels Christel Lamère Ngnambi.
“We can be the voice of those who cannot cry out by themselves”, the Director of Open Doors Spain says in an interview. “Nigeria is the country where most people have died because of their faith.”
North Korea is still the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian, according to new report by Open Doors. Jihadism, Hindu and Buddhist extremism are the greatest sources of persecution.
Iraq’s Christian community is opposing a new law forcing children to become Muslims if their father converts to Islam or their mother marries a Muslim.
Christianity is in danger of ceasing to be a global faith as increasing numbers of its followers flee violence and persecution across the Middle East and Africa, new report says.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he doesn't regret bringing down dictator Saddam Hussein, but admits partial responsibility for Daesh (ISIS) rise.
A committee of the security forces will collect information and provide practical measures regarding the violence and abuse suffered by Christians in Iraq.
The boys, believed to be under the age of 18, were killed in Syria and their bodies displayed with placards hung around their necks announcing their “crime".
Despotic rulers may do as they please, they may acquire great wealth and power; but they will all come to an end.
Christianity was born in Bethlehem, in what's now the West Bank. Places like Qatar and Bahrain have seen their Christian ranks surge from basically nothing a century ago to 10% and 13% of their respective populations.