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Use of Blasphemy Laws Spreading Across Muslim World

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

According to a recent report, more and more Muslim majority countries are beginning to enforce Islamic blasphemy laws to the determent of religious minorities. In many cases, the people who suffer the most under blasphemy laws are religious minorities. Many believe that blasphemy laws are not compatible with international human rights standards because the violate individuals religious freedom and free speech right.  

March Fails to Break an Alarming Trend of Death and Destruction

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Prayer for Executed Mother’s Orphaned Daughters

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Egypt’s Christians Place Their Faith in Al-Sisi’s Presidential Bid

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Many of Egypt’s Christians have turned their support to Egypt’s former defense minister, who has stepped down in order to run for president. He certainly appears as a welcome alternative to the Islamist rule of Mohammed Morsi, but there remain fears about whether he will be able to lead Egypt towards a society that protects the rights and freedoms of all of its citizens, or if it will descend into a military-led dictatorship.

Another Egyptian Christian Found Murdered In Bengahzi

Monday, March 31st, 2014

In at least the third separate incident in the past few weeks, an Egyptian Christian working in Benghazi, Libya has been killed. The latest, Jad Abdulmasahi Abdulmalik was found with multiple gunshot wounds. There appears to be an increased targeting of Egyptian Christians by militants in Libya who come to find work in Libya.

Kenya Says It Will Bring Church Attackers to Justice

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Last Sunday, Islamic militants connected to the al-Shabaab terrorist network in Somalia attacked a Christian church in the Kenyan city of Mombasa. According to reports, the militants attacked the unarmed worshipers with automatic weapons, killing six and wounding many others. The Kenyan authorities have made it a priority to bring these attackers to justice declaring all people who attack unarmed worshipers are devils. Please pray for justice to be done in this case.

Muslim Background Believer Beaten by Family in Uganda

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Across the Muslim world, converting from Islam to Christianity is a difficult if not impossible task. Many willing to convert face social isolation, family hostility and in more extreme locations the threat of death. For one Muslim Background Believer in Uganda, it meant facing the wrath of her father and community. Please pray for this individual as she begins he walk with Jesus Christ. 

Millions in Nigeria Suffer because of Boko Haram Violence

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Millions of Nigerians from Nigeria's northern and central states are suffering due to the uprising of the Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram. Boko Haram began its armed insurgency in 2009 and has since targeted government institutions and Christians as the mainstay in its campaign of terror. Church bombings, drive-by shootings and armed raids on Christian villages are among the deadliest terror tactics Boko Haram employs to force Christians out of northern Nigeria.

The Copts Choice: Where Do Coptic Christians Stand On Egyptian Politics?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

As Egypt prepares for a presidential election, the situation for Christians remains unclear. Christians saw persecution rise across the country under the Muslim Brotherhood. Churches see positive steps being taken to start creating a more unified country, not hardened along religious lines. Unfortunately, Christians continue to be the target of violence, especially the increasing numbers of kidnappings throughout rural Egypt.

Violence Against Christian Copts in Egypt Continues Despite Fall of Muslim Brotherhood

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Violence Egyptian Christians have been described as “endemic forms of violence and abuse” throughout many parts of Egypt. A recent report highlights that the nine months since the removal of Mohamed Morsi has been a time of intense persecution of the Coptic minority community.

Aid Proposed To Stop Christian Persecution In The Middle East

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

America needs to do more to address the persecution of Christians, was the takeaway from a panel on the issue. The Center for American Progress organized the event that brought together a panel of researchers to address the issue, that in the words of Paul Marshall “is getting much worse.” The reality is that a wide-range of actors, including government and non-government organizations need to be active to support churches and address the issues that foster religious persecution.

Death Toll Goes Above 150 Following Last Week’s Attacks on Christian Villages in Nigeria

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The death toll following last weeks attacks on Christian villages in central Nigeria has risen above 150 according to local government officials. Attacks on Christians in Nigeria' northern and central states has dramatically increased in 2014. Christians are being attacked almost on a weekly basis. Fulani herdsman, who are mostly Muslim, and the extremist group Boko Haram are at the forefront of perpetrating these attacks on Christians. What can be done to stop the violence?

Death Toll Rises To 150 in Attack on Nigerian Christians, Including Pastor’s Wife And Three Children

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Mombasa, Kenya Church Gun Attack Kills At Least Six, Injures 21

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The death count in a violent attack on a church in Kenya has now risen to six. There were at least 21 injured when gunmen opened fire in the Joy Jesus church in the city of Likoni, Kenya. Included among those killed is an Assistant Pastor Philip Masela Ambesta. There still has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Women’s Harrowing Tale Of Escape From Boko Haram

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Two women give an incredible account of their time being held captive by the Boko Haram, an Islamic-based terrorist group in Northern Nigeria. One of the women was told to convert to Islam so that she could be married to a man. This rare inside look into Boko Haram provides a worrisome view of the terror group, made up of many who were known by those who they are now terrorizing.

Kenya Church Attack: Two More Die In Mombasa

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The total killed in a brutal attack on a Kenyan church near Mombasa, Kenya has now risen to 6. 2 more victims died from wounds received when gunmen opened fire in the Joy Jesus church in Likoni, near the popular port city of Mombasa.

4 Killed in Attack on Kenyan Church

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Sunday morning, multiple gunmen stormed the packed Joy Jesus church in Likoni, Kenya, located near the large tourist city of Mombasa. Two individuals were proclaimed dead at the scene, and another two were killed as a result of their injuries, Cyrus Ombati, of Standard Digital, reported from Mombasa. Police responded quickly to the attack, but the two gunmen were able to escape, according to the earliest reports from Reuters.

The Missing Girls: Christian Girls Kidnapped in Egypt

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On February 28, Amira Hafez Wahib and her mother went to the morning prayer service at St. George church in Luxor, Egypt. Amira, age 15, asked her mom if she could go to buy something at a nearby store. Her mom agreed, urging her to hurry back once she was finished. But Amira did not come back. She has not been seen since.

Ethnic Cleansing Could Lead to Mass Exodus of Middle East Christians

Friday, March 21st, 2014

As religious and political leaders look at the trends from recent days, it is hard not fear that violence against Christians may continue to drive large numbers of them to seek refuge outside of their homelands. The level of violence has many looking back some 1300 or 1400 years to find a historical equivalent. Yet, far too often, when world leaders do speak on the issue, they fail to ever accompany those words with actions.

Government Helpless To Stop Massive Christian Cleansing

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The continued attacks by terrorist groups and other gunmen have caused massive damage throughout both Northern and Central Nigeria. Despite efforts to implement a state of emergency the attacks have only accelerated in pace and severity.

‘God Has A Solution for Egypt’ – Coptic Bishop

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Egypt has witnessed an intense period of turmoil over the past few years. In many cases, the divisions in the country seem to be hardened along ethnic or religious lines. For Egypt to move forward, there must be the freedom for all Egyptians, regardless of religious identity to freely worship and participate in public life. There needs to be intentional efforts to create a sense of unity, Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic church highlighted in an address to the UK Parliament.

Christian Mother in Somalia Beheaded in front of Her Daughters

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian mother of two and her cousin were beheaded by al-Shabaab Islamic extremists once their Christian faith was discovered. The extremists beheaded them publicly in front of her daughters and many of the villagers in the town square.

We Depend On the Christians of the Middle East

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Why does it really matter if Christians stay in the Middle East? Why don’t they just leave? These questions cut to the heart of what is happening politically across the region. The vast majority of those living in the Middle East want to establish a system of governance that is inclusive off all peoples, regardless of their faith or other markers. If religious extremists are able to drive Christians out and establish an Islamic state, it will not be long before that same ideology will be applied on all those who fail to hold the extremist’s interpretations.

Nigerian Christians Live in Fear as Attacks Against Them Drastically Rise

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that attacks against Christians in Nigeria over the weekend claimed the lives of over 150 people. With such incidents on the rise in 2014, the current instability of the country is evident.

Islamists Behead Two Christian Women in Somalia

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Islamists beheaded two Christians, one of them a mother of two, in front of the townspeople. The killers, members of Al-Shabaab, are quoted as saying they intend to "wipe out any underground Christian" living in their territory.

More than 100 Christians Killed in Village Attacks Blamed on Muslim Herders in Nigeria

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

100 Christians, including a Pastor and his family, were attacked and killed by Muslim herders in Nigeria.

Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead Two Christians

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The terrorist group Al Shabaab has reportedly publicly executed two Somalis because of their Christian faith. The mother of two girls and her cousin had previously lived in Kenya, a majority Christian country, and according to neighbors “did not take Friday prayers seriously.” Al Shabaab has made a public statement that they want to wipe-out any Christian fellowships in the area.

Nigeria’s Churches Will Not Stay Silent During Violence, Leader Says

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The absolute horrors being committed throughout Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram have devastated the country. The Christian community continues to speak out, despite a military enforced “state of emergency” the attacks continued unabated. On March 8, three more churches were burned to the ashes. Weekly attacks have occurred throughout the region and the death toll just in the month of February exceeded 400 in three states alone.

Egyptian Christian Shot in Libya Near Death

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

An Egyptian working in Libya remains in critical condition after he was shot on March 2. Salama Fawzy Tobia was working as a produce salesman in Benghazi. This was the second attack on Egyptian Christians in the span of a few days. There has been an increase in the targeting of Christians by extremists in Libya in recent weeks. Many Egyptians have gone to Libya to find work, but now it is becoming increasingly dangerous for those who can be identified as Christians.

Are Egypt’s Christians persecuted? Copts’ answers vary

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

What is persecution? Does it affect all Christians in a country in the same way? These are important questions to consider. In an interview with a number of Egyptians, each of them speaks about their own situation. In the past few months some have seen their Muslim neighbors warm to them and even apologize for the actions of extremists who have been responsible for attacks on hundreds of Christian owned churches and buildings. As you pray for Christians in the areas where hostility is present, do not forget those who are not persecutors, but in many cases are part of the solution.

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ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, we are working in many other areas to provide practical assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our other projects page to understand more of our work and keep up to date on our current projects.