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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Christians living on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, located off of Tanzania's east coast, are living in a state of high alert after a month of church bombings in February. According to reports, at least three churches across Zanzibar were bombed in the month of February. Fortunately, only minor injuries were sustained by the victims of these attacks. Despite the lack of casualties, many Christians on Zanzibar fear that the attacks could escalate soon. Many are demanding the local authorities bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice soon, before they are able to carry out even deadlier attacks.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Christians living on Tanzania's costal island of Zanzibar fear that a new wave of persecution is coming after a series of church bombings this past week. Two churches located on the island of Zanzibar and a restaurant were bombed earlier this week. Many suspect Islamic extremist to be behind the attacks. So far, no reports of casualties has been reported, but many Christians fear this is only the beginning of a larger assault on Christianity in Zanzibar.
Monday, January 27th, 2014
Islamic extremism continues to drive Christians persecution on Tanzania's semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar. On January 11, a mob of more that 100 extremists broke into a church during a Sunday service and brutally beat the visiting pastor. The mob stated that their intention was to use violence to drive the Christians out of their neighborhood. Police briefly arrested some of the assailants, but they were later released. Please pray for Christians living in Zanzibar, who are daily facing growing persecution.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Christian churches continue to be forced in Tanzania, despite assurances by the government that it is addressing the situation. Christian leaders participated in a government-sponsored peace dialogue with local Islamic leaders. However, continued threats, provocations, and church burnings - without a government response - have led many to believe that the dialogue is ineffective. In protest, Christian leaders have withdrawn from the conference and called for an independent and direct dialogue to be established.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
The brutal murder of a youth Pastor in Tanzania confirms suspicions of an ongoing campaign of Christian persecution in the region and raises concerns over the rise of radical Islamists in East Africa.
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Christians in Tanzania are experiencing a dramatic increase in targeted persecution. Several attacks have occurred over that last six months targeting Pastors, Churches, and individuals. This latest attack is believed to have been carried out by Islamist as part of an ongoing campaign of religious cleansing.
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
On September 13, as a Christian priest left an internet café on Tanzania's eastern Zanzibar Island, suspected Muslim extremist threw acid on the 60-year-old priest. According to reports, this is only the latest in a series of acid attacks taking place on Zanzibar. After throwing the acid, the extremist declared that Zanzibar was only for Muslims, not Christian before driving away on a motorbike. The priest, who was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, has survived the attack and is said to be in stable condition. Please pray for the recovery of this persecuted priest.
Monday, September 16th, 2013
Elderly Catholic Priest Joseph Mwang'amba had acid thrown over his face and shoulders after leaving an internet café last week on Tanzania's island of Zanzibar. Tensions between Christians and Muslims has continue to remain high on the island that claims a Muslim population of close to 99%. Attacks against Christians on Zanzibar have increased over the past year, including an attack on another priest in February. The priest was followed to his church and shot in the head by two unknown gunman suspected to be connected to Islamic extremists. A mass text was sent to many Christian priests and pastors after the February murder from an Islamic extremist group taking credit for the murder and threatening further attacks.
Sunday, September 15th, 2013
A Catholic priest on the island of Zanzibar has reported that he has become the third priest to have had acid thrown on him in just two months. Christians living on the island of Zanzibar have faced fits and starts of perfection over the past year, including the murders of two priests living on the island. Please pray for the persecuted in Tanzania.
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Blasphemy and defamation of religion laws continue to repress the Christian faith in countries across the world. Known for inciting violence, accusations and prosecutions on the basis of blasphemy or religious defamation have proven detrimental to the free exercise of religion and harmful to minority Christian communities throughout the world. Social hostilities, advanced by cultures of impunity, continue to pose a serious threat to Christians worldwide.
Friday, July 5th, 2013
Following several recent attacks perpetrated by radicalized Islamists against both Christians and civilians, Tanzanians, officials, and advocates alike, bear growing concerns regarding what could be rises in both imported and home grown terrorism in the predominantly Christian nation. Acts of terror have primarily been concentrated to semi-autonomous Zanzibar and the Tanzanian-Kenyan border, but recent instances of violence more internal to the East African Nation draw fears that radical Islam could be growing its roots and expanding its networks in the heart of the country—which, some argue, could pose a serious threat to Christians and religious minorities throughout Tanzania.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013