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Open Doors reported that a Vietnamese man and his wife and daughter were attacked by their own family members for refusing to leave their newfound Christian faith. Khan had received threats from the local government that they would not receive social services if they did not recant their faith, but Khan refused.. “The following evening,” Open Doors USA reports, Khanh’s brother Thanh came to his house to persuade him to forsake his faith, but Khanh refused. Enraged, his brother began to beat Khanh and destroyed some of the property in Khanh’s house. Khanh’s daughter was also hurt in this incident.” Vietnam often follows closely in the footsteps of China with regards to religion. Although their policies are not identical, both countries purport to protect religious freedom and allow people to practice their faiths. In reality, however, people of faith are often severely persecuted, imprisoned, or even tortured for their faith.

5/2/2017 China (Open Doors USA) – In a province in Northern Vietnam, Khanh endured a beating from his own brother on the evening of March 29 that left him bloodied and injured, with wounds on his leg and head.

Khanh, 28, and his wife and his daughter, became followers of Jesus just five months ago. They have been meeting with other believers from another village regularly for their own spiritual growth. On March 28, the village leaders held a meeting and warned Khanh that if he did not leave his Christian faith the government would cut the social services his family is receiving, including important services such as access to health care and education for his daughter. The village leader, Mr. Duy, also warned that they will be expelled from the community if they continue to believe in Jesus.

The following evening, Khanh’s brother Thanh came to his house to persuade him to forsake his faith, but Khanh refused. Enraged, his brother began to beat Khanh and destroyed some of the property in Khanh’s house. Khanh’s daughter was also hurt in this incident.

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