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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Christians face a rising level of religious freedom around the world, and especially in the Middle East. Two recent studies from respected research organizations, Pew Forum and Open Doors, have highlighted the massive scale of the issue. Many are pushing for the United States to make the protection of religious minorities a core part of foreign policy, which the administration says that it already is. The problem has been in the failure to back the rhetoric with action. While there are political issues involved, it is imperative that the positions that exist to protect religious minorities be quickly filled if the United States is to have any credibility behind its claims to be a defender of religious freedom.
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Lawmakers listened to testimony from experts and religious leaders highlighting the persecution of Christians that is rampant across the Middle East. As a representative from the Vatican stated, Arab Christians “find themselves the target of constant harassment for no reason other than their religious faith.” The United States has an important role to play in leading the conversation to find solutions to religiously based discrimination and persecution.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
A newly released study documents that more than 2,100 Christians were killed as “martyr’s” in 2013. The greatest increase was seen in Syria. With a reported 1,213 deaths, Syria alone eclipsed the global total of 1,201 from 2012. The report is intentionally narrow in its definition of “martyr” and tries to distinguish between Christians killed in the midst of broader conflict and those killed explicitly for their faith. Nine of the ten worst persecuting countries are Muslim-majority states. As a whole, the report finds that “Islamist extremism is the worst persecutor of the worldwide church.”
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
Reports suggest there are some 2,500 indigenous Christians in Yemen, most of who worship underground, the Gatestone Institute reports. According to human rights activist, Abdul Razzaq al-Azazi, "Christians in Yemen cannot practice their religion nor can they go to church freely. Society would work on having them enter Islam." This article analyzes the status and persecution faced by Christians in the country.
Sunday, June 17th, 2012
June 12 marked three years since the kidnapping of nine foreigners in Yemen. Three of them were murdered shortly after and two were released in May, 2010. There is still no news of the remaining four. Christians in Yemen and Middle East Concern has asked the church to continue to pray.
Sunday, June 17th, 2012
The stories of Jeremiah Small and Joel Shrun, two American Christian teachers killed for sharing their faith with Muslims in northern Iraq and Yemen.
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Raymond Ibrahim writes for the Gatestone Institute that, “Saudi Arabia's highest Islamic legal authority decreed that churches in the region must be destroyed… American teachers in the Middle East were murdered for being Christian or talking about Christianity; churches were banned or bombed, and nuns terrorized by knife-wielding Muslim mobs.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
“Gunmen fatally shot an American teacher (Joel Shrum) in the Yemeni province of Taiz on Sunday,” CNN reports. “In a text message sent to Yemeni media outlets, [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror network's affiliate in Yemen] said the victim was spreading Christianity, calling him one of the biggest missionaries in the country.” The International Training and Development Center, where Joel worked, denied accusations that Joel was proselytizing.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
“Al Qaeda-linked militants who claimed responsibility for the death of an American teacher in Yemen yesterday said he was targeted for being ‘one of the biggest American proselytizers’ in the Arab nation,” the Christian Science Monitor reports.
Sunday, February 19th, 2012
“Islamic law is increasingly used by authoritarian governments and extremist forces in the Muslim world to acquire and consolidate power, experts say, which is becoming an increasing threat to religious minorities, especially Christians,” the Christian Post reports.
Saturday, December 17th, 2011
“Monday… [marked] two and a half years since the kidnapping of nine foreigners in Saada, north-west Yemen, three of whom were murdered shortly afterwards… There continues to be no news of Johannes and Sabine (a German couple), Simon (their son, aged 3) or of Tony (a British man),” Middle East Concern reports.
Monday, December 12th, 2011
“[Political Islam] may prove to be one of the most lasting legacies of the Arab spring,” The Guardian reports.
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
“12th June 2011 marks the second anniversary of the kidnapping of nine foreigners in Saada, north-west Yemen, three of whom were murdered shortly afterwards,” Middle East Concern reports.
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
On June 12, 2009, nine Christian foreigners were kidnapped in Saada, Yemen. Three were murdered soon after, and two were released unharmed on May 17, 2010. Middle East Concern reports that four foreigners are still missing and asks for prayer on their behalf.
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Middle East Concern mobilizes prayer for three Christian foreigners still believed to be held hostage after the kidnapping of nine foreigners in Saada, Yemen on June 12th, 2009. Days after the kidnapping, three were found murdered, and on May 17th, 2010 two were released. Continue to pray for those still missing.
Friday, May 21st, 2010
Young Christian girls Lydia and Anna Hentschel were flown back to Germany after living for nearly a year as hostages in northern Yemen before being rescued by Saudi security forces. The fate of their parents, who served at a Protestant-run hospital before the kidnapping, is still unknown.
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
"Saudi Arabian and Yemeni security forces rescued two German girls yesterday, 11 months after the two young sisters, their parents, brother and four other Christians were taken hostage in Yemen," reports Compass Direct News.
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Two German Christian girls held hostage in Yemen’s northern mountains have been rescued by Saudi security forces.
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Middle East Concern gives update and requests prayer for the nine foreigners kidnapped in Yemen.
Friday, January 15th, 2010
"Yemeni tribesmen have demanded two million U.S. dollars for releasing a German family of five and a Briton whom have been held since June 2009."
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
Government Claims to Know Whereabouts of German Family and British Engineer
Monday, January 11th, 2010
"The agenda of Muslim leaders [is] to impact every part of Western society with Islamic doctrine and the implementation of shari'a Law."
Sunday, January 10th, 2010
A call to pray for Christians in Yemen
Friday, January 8th, 2010
Six Christian hostages in Yemen are reportedly alive.
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
"In the last 15 years at least 200 foreigners have been kidnapped in Yemen."
Sunday, July 19th, 2009
Relatives of the kidnapped Christian aid workers pleaded for their release. Please pray for the release of all the aid workers who were kidnapped in northern Yemen.
Friday, July 17th, 2009
Officials in Yemen don’t allow for burial of Christians in the country. Names of deceased Christians must be changed to Muslim names before burial.
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
According to experts, Al Qaeda is responsible for slaughtering of three Bible school students in Yemen.
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Please pray for Christian expatriates in Yemen who are worried about their security following the recent killings of foreigners in the country.
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Two Germany Bible school students are among foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Yemen.