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Bomb Scare Reignites Christians Fear of Persecution in Mali

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Almost a year after the French military intervened in the conflict in Mali, Christians living in a city in northern Mali have been reminded why Mali was ranked 7th on the list of the world's worst persecutors of Christians. On January 12, Christians discovered a bomb placed outside the building they were using as their church. Although it isn't know if the church was the actual target of the bomb, these Christians who are returning to Mali's northern regions have been reminded of the threat of persecution they face one year ago. Please pray for these brave individuals seeking to bring Christianity back to northern Mali.

Christians in Mali Still Insecure After Rough 2013

Friday, December 27th, 2013

2013 was a rough year for Christians in Mali. Previously unranked on Open Doors top 50 countries that persecute Christians, Mali shot up to number 8 in just one year. This dramatic change developed when Islamic extremist took control of the northern regions of the country and threatened to take over the entire country. Until the French military intervened, many Christians feared that the entire country would be unsafe for Christianity. Although things have calmed down, Christians continue to suffer. 

Islamic terrorism is on the Rise Across Africa; Christians Targeted

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Acts of Islamic terrorism targeting Christians are increasing dramatically across Africa. Sadly, the same gaps in infrastructure and policing capacity which allow Islamists to flourish also make it difficult to protect impacted Christian communities .

Persecuting Christians in Africa – How the Message Gets Out

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Systematic persecution of Christians is increasing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. How do these groups broadcast their beheadings, bombings, and tortures?  And how is the call to violent jihad broadcast to other Muslims on the continent? Tech-savvy terrorists use the same US-made social media that American teens use to plan an outing: FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube. The BBC explains:

Africa Desert Breeds Islamists, from Al Shabab to Boko Haram

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

The combination of ready access to weapons flowing from Arab Spring states in North Africa, and the fact that the Sahel zone is outside the reach of most of the region's military and policing capability, have allowed for the formation of a "petri-dish" for the breeding of Islamists. The lawlessness of the Sahel has allowed the groups operating from to zone to conduct operations against Christian and Western targets with near impunity. The effort of the Séléka in CAR is just one example, where the Islamists are attempting to form a Sharia state despite the population being composed mostly of Christians.

Mass Exodus of Christians from the Muslim World

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

A mass exodus of Christians is fleeing the Islamic world, writes Raymond Ibrahim for Fox News. “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year,” The U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) wrote in its annual report. More than half the Christian population has fled Iraq since the outbreak of war in 2003 while a similar exodus is beginning in Egypt and is expected to occur in Syria’s near future.

Prayer Needed for Suffering Christians in Mali

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Christians Continue to Struggle Amidst the Crossfire in Mali

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Mali Christians Hopeful Despite Extremist Threat

Friday, March 15th, 2013

French military intervention in the conflict over Mali has given Christians and moderate Muslims a brief respite from the persistent Islamist threat of a reign of terror under Sharia law, though the conflict is still far from over.

Mali Christians Hopeful Despite Extremist Threat

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

French military intervention in the conflict over Mali has given Christians and moderate Muslims a brief respite from the persistent Islamist threat of a reign of terror under Sharia law, though the conflict is still far from over.

Christians Return to Cities in Mali after Islamist Occupation

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Christians in Mali Suffer as Battle with Islamists Continues

Monday, February 11th, 2013

In Northern Mali’s War, Al-Qaeda Affiliate Is Directing The Fight

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Western diplomats, military officials and analysts are saying that the war in Mali is directed by the al-Qaeda. Local residents report that the commanders and leaders are all “Arab speakers”. Al-Qaeda leaders have said that a “jihadist Islamist emirate” would be created in northern Mali.

Amid Mali’s Upheaval, Christians Stand Firm

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The warring conflict between Islamist rebels and the Malian military continues to rage in Mali. Most missionaries have fled the country and worry for the Mali believers they left behind. It is known that the Islamist rebels have “sought to eliminate any hint of Christianity.” However, reports indicate that Christians are standing firm, and need our prayers.

Christians in Mali praise French Forces for pushing back Islamic Terrorists

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

 In one year, Mali went from unranked on Open Door's list of the top fifty worst persecutors of Christians to number 7. The collapse of the government and the takeover of Islamic extremists is the reason for this drastic change. When the extremists took over, Christians living in northern Mali were driven south by increased persecution. As the Islamists pushed south, many Christians feared having to leave Mali to survive. Several weeks ago, France decided to intervene in the conflict and has since pushed back the extremists. Many Christians are praising the French for their recent military success.

Christians in Mali Afraid to go to Church

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

French Army Pushes Islamists in Mali Back, Christians Rejoice

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Christians Flee Mali as the Country is Taken Over by Islamic Extremists

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Islamic Extremists Advance South as Christian Persecution Increases in Mali

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Islamic Radicals Find Safe Haven in Mali

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Islamic Radicals Continue to Impose Sharia as International Intervention is Delayed

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

What Will Become of the Middle East’s Christians?

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Like the Jewish people who fled Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries in the 1940s and early-50s, the plight of Christians from the region has now followed suit, Andrew Doran writes for “Across the Middle East, affiliated Islamist movements have undertaken the systematic eradication of religious minorities, especially Christians. From Mali to Egypt, and from Syria and Iraq to Pakistan, millions of Christians find themselves threatened daily with humiliation, extortion, displacement, and murder,” he says.

Christians Fleeing Persecution in Mali

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Islamist Groups in Mali Use Child Soldiers to Fight “Holy War” Against Christians

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Will Anti-American Protest Be Spread to West Africa by Radicals?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Islamic Radicals Implement Sharia Law In Northern Mali

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Muslim radicals have taken over northern Mali. This article describes how the Muslim radicals carried out punishment accourding to the Sharia law. Many Christians have left northern Mali due to fear of attacks by radical Muslims. The government of Mali must stop the radicals from continuing violating the rights of the citizens.

Christian Refugees Flee Mali as Ansar Dine Escalates Terror

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

This story from late last month reveals some of the horror Christians in northern Mali have faced as their country is overrun by Taliban like Islamic radicals. This has led to the flight of Christians from the country, many fearing for their lives.

Christians Fleeing Mali as Local Leaders Try to Create Peace

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Northern part of Mali has come under control of Muslim radicals who are implementing Sharia law. Christians and women are among victims of the law. Many Christians and other victims of the Sharia law are leaving northern Mali. We urge the international community to oust the Islamists from northern Mali and replace the Sharia law with democratic principles that respect the rights of all.

Radical Islam In Mali

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Radical Muslims have taken over northern Mali.  The radicals are implementing strict version of Islam forcing many Christians and Muslims have fled the area and forced to live as refugees.

Boko Haram Largely Responsible For Rise In African Terror Attacks

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Radical Muslim groups are waging war against Christians. This report indicates the activites of anti-Christian groups in Africa.

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