CIC Persecution News Headlines

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 1 Corinthians 12:26a


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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending March 19, 2022


This Week At ChinaAid: Jailed Pastor John Cao's 'Three Joys'

ChinaAid published another letter from jailed Pastor John Cao to his mother detailing his thoughts about life once he's free from jail. 

Christian missionary abducted by Russians in Ukraine

Reliable sources inside Ukraine have reported that a Ukrainian aid worker affiliated with CBN’s Orphans Promise ministry has been abducted near Mariupol.

INDIA | Villagers Forced to Worship Idols

Five families in Nawagarh village, Janjgir District, in India’s Chhattisgarh state, were harassed, beaten and forced to worship Hindu idols by a group of right-wing Hindu fundamentalists between March 2 and 3.

Ukraine teachers help students begin to process trauma

James Elder, spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), says that children fleeing the crisis in Ukraine could fall prey to traffickers as the children cross borders.

Russian state media obscures invasion detail

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dominated world headlines for three weeks.

Five ways to help Afghan Christians

The Persian New Year begins Sunday, but there’s not much to celebrate in Afghanistan.

Please pray for Pastor Matthias Haghnejad and other Christians imprisoned in Iran

At the start of the year, we asked you to pray for nine Iranian Christians who had been released from prison, pending a review of their sentences.

USCIRF Warns of Potential for Significant Religious Oppression in Ukraine

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is appalled by the incalculable suffering already caused by Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, and warns that religious communities across Ukraine will likely be targeted with violence and oppression under any Russian influence.

USCIRF News Digest - March 15, 2022

China: Wife of activist under house arrest for trying to visit husband

Xu Jincui, the wife of human rights activist Xing Wangli from Xinyang, Henan province, was forcibly placed under house arrest by local government officials.

Russian believers fear conscription

Civilians continue to pay the highest price in Russia’s war on Ukraine.

In Ukraine, civilian death toll rises

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has failed to make much progress in two weeks.

Hunger suicides spike in Afghanistan

With global attention riveted to Ukraine, crises in places like Afghanistan go largely unnoticed.

China Follow up: Christian activist taken away by police for voicing concerns over chained woman case

ChinaAid sources report that Li Yu, a Christian human rights activist in Zaozhuang, Shandong province, was threatened by Zaozhuang national security officers and held under designated residential surveillance for over 10 days.

Young Woman Who Left Islam Killed in Iraq

Outspoken convert was preparing to be baptized.

Nuns’ Convent Damaged by Tatmadaw’s Bombing in Demoso

Two days after a Catholic church in Kayah state was attacked by the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) in an airstrike, the junta again launched another airstrike against a convent in the same township.

Three Coptic Christians Brutally Murdered in Egypt

On March 1, three Coptic Christian brothers were brutally murdered by a group of six Muslims who claimed the attack was a “revenge killing” after the death of their own family member seventy years ago.

Young Nigerian Man Killed on Way Back from Church Meeting

A 25-year-old man, Sheriff Yongo from the Demsa area of Adamawa State, Nigeria, was killed in an ambush last week.

Mob of 600 Break into Sri Lankan Church

Last Sunday, a mob of around 600 people broke into the Mercy Gate Chapel in Sri Lanka and demanded all religious activities cease and the church be closed.

Ukraine: Watershed Days

In the words of long-time war correspondent Chris Hedges (27 Feb 2022), 'War is not politics by other means. It is demonic.'

Editorial: Pray for Believers Appointed to Positions of Authority in Christian-Minority Contexts

On March 4 Priya Rajan, a 28-year-old Christian woman, was sworn in as the mayor of Chennai (Madras), India’s fourth largest city and the state capital of Tamil Nadu.

Dalit Christian Woman Becomes Mayor of Chennai, India

A Dalit Christian woman has become the youngest ever mayor in the history of Chennai, India’s fourth largest city.

Nigerian Christian Hacked to Death Walking Home From Church Convention in Adamawa State

Nigerian Christian Sheriff Yongo, 25, was ambushed and murdered by suspected Fulani militants as he walked home at night from a church convention in Adamawa State.

Three Siblings Killed in Shelling After Church Damaged in Airstrike in Kayah State, Myanmar

Three children in the same family were killed by an artillery shell in the village of Le Htwel, Kayah State, on the afternoon of 8 March.

Myanmar Military Roadblocks Put Thousands of Displaced Civilians at Risk of Starvation

Thousands of civilians displaced by conflict in Myanmar are at risk of starvation because of roadblocks enforced by the Myanmar military (also known as the Tatmadaw).

CUBA | Religious Leader at Risk of Deportation

A prominent Cuban Baptist leader and his two sons were blocked from boarding a flight to Nicaragua on Feb. 27, leaving them in legal limbo in El Salvador. 




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