March 21, 2019

NIGERIA: Attacks Against Christians Persist

One of many buildings destroyed in the ongoing violence in Nigeria. - Photo: World Watch Monitor
Photo: World Watch Monitor

The violence against Christian communities in Nigeria continues unabated, resulting in dozens of deaths this February and March. As authorities seek how to effectively deal with the attacks, a West African court has ruled that, at least in one instance during 2016, Nigeria failed in its duty to protect citizens.

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PAKISTAN: Disabled Person Accused of Blasphemy

Stephen - Photo: Barnabas Fund -
Photo: Barnabas Fund

Stephen, a Christian man suffering from mental impairment, has been arrested under the country's blasphemy laws after a neighbour overheard a family argument. On March 11th, the accused got into a heated discussion with his brother-in-law over fasting and prayer during Lent and ended up losing his temper, shouting loudly -- a common symptom of his disability. A neighbour overheard the argument, barged into the home, and began beating Stephen. When the family attempted to intervene, the neighbour claimed that Stephen had committed blasphemy.

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IRAN: Cleric Warns Against Rapidly Growing Church

Tehran - Photo: Pixabay / Frank Furness

Islamic cleric, Hujjat al-Islam Naser Rafiei, delivered a speech in Qom, warning against the spread of Christianity throughout the country. He specifically named house churches and evangelical networks as an attraction for Iranian youth.

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