Church Building in Tanzania Demolished Without Notice

ICC Note: Early this year, authorities in Zanzibar demolished a church building without notice to its congregants. Christians make up 1% of the island’s population and face great hostility from their Muslim majority neighbors.

2/24/2018 Tanzania (Morning Star News) –  A congregation on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar has been without a place to worship this year after local authorities demolished their church building, the pastor said.

Local government officials gave no prior warning to church leaders before a bulldozer arrived on Jan. 7 and razed the building in Zanzibar Town to make way for a state university to use the land, pastor Charles Madama of Zanzibar Pentecostal Church of Jesus said.

“It came to us as a big surprise when the bulldozer pulled down the church building without prior notice, and we lost everything,” the pastor told Morning Star News. “This is a calculated move here in Zanzibar of total disregard and disrespect to Christianity. It has been extremely difficult for us as a church to assemble for worship.”

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