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Leah Nathan Sharibu remains hostage for refusing to renounce Christ.
The Nigerian Information Minister says that 101 of the 110 girls abducted have been freed. Reports say that a Christian girl is still in captivity because she refused to convert to Islam.
A short film shows the work of Pastor Gennaro Chiocca among victims of trafficking in Italy, the European country with the highest rate of prostitution.
Intolerance against Christians is highest in Central and Southeast Asia, after North Korea. The situation worsens dramatically in Africa. In Europe, two people were murdered bacause of their faith last year.
Fulani militants gunmen attacked Christian carollers while they were singing in a church of Southern Kaduna, Nigeria. Ten are still injured.
One aim of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition is that extremists no longer “tarnish our beloved religion”.
Rebeca, a Nigerian Christian, was kidnapped for 2 years, raped and got pregnant with the son of a terrorist. Her faith made her strong to endure the terror.
Salama Baptist Church in Ancha lost 19 of its members in the massacre, nine children. “We found that those killed were from three households”, a survivor said.
“This demolition was done out of injustice and discrimination”, said Rev. Musa. Six more churches are due to be demolished.
Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders said 21 aid workers died. Air Force admits the original target was a Boko Haram camp in the region.
Thousands attended the ordination of a well-known Pentecostal leader. The President of the State is among the survivors.
I ask the Lord - who bore our griefs and pains - to erase the scars of the wounds and the pain of our Nigerian girl. And to show her that, for him and for all of us, she is a precious stone.
Besides the killings, hundreds of Christians have been displaced. Houses, worship centers and crops that were ready for harvest have all been destroyed.
Church leaders say attacks on Christian communities by Muslim herdsmen constitute a war “by Islam to eliminate Christianity” in Nigeria.
Another concern is the governmental regulation of religious groups to stifle the freedom to worship. The report also takes aim at the genocide against Christians carried out by Daesh and Boko Haram.
Institute for Economics and Peace says global deterioration “was driven by increased terrorism and higher levels of political instability.” Europe is the most peaceful region in the world, but Ukraine is the second country whith a bigger deterioration.
The IOM informs that 206,400 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea the first 5 months of 2016. Only from May 25 to June 3, 1,457 are dead or missing.
Two church buildings burnt in the state of Niger. Rioters killed the believer “on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media.” Troops try to control outbreak of violence.
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.”
Suicide attacks on two predominantly Christian communities in northeast Nigeria. Many displaced Christians refuse to return to their homes, evangelical pastors told Morning Star News.
“It is amazing how these people are still happy, despite everything they have gone through”, director Fernando De Haro explains.
“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.
“My mother struggled with the gunmen until they finally shot her and the three kids,” Rose Monday’s explained. “She died trying to save the three children.”
Northern Nigerian city of Yola has twice been hit by deadly bomb attacks this year. 80 have also been wounded.