International Christian Concern I Insider’s View: Afghanistan in Crisis

Bandaging and building the persecuted Church since 1995

Nowhere to Run

Christians in Afghanistan are in extreme danger as the Taliban target them.

A Death Sentence

There more than 10,000 Christians in Afghanistan. Almost all are converts from Islam.

According to the Taliban, Christians are apostates and under a death sentence.

ICC is working behind the scenes to help them.

An Insider’s View: The Taliban Takes Over

Here’s What We Know:

With all civilian flights out of Afghanistan canceled indefinitely and the borders controlled by the Taliban, Christians are in extreme danger.

  • The Taliban are going door to door to identify Christians.
  • Christians are getting phone calls from the Taliban saying, “We’re coming for you.”
  • Many Christians are in hiding.
  • Several judges and government officials have been murdered.

Stay tuned for updates.

Prayer Points:

Afghan Christians have a long, dangerous, and even deadly road ahead of them. As one body of believers, we must join in prayer for our vulnerable and suffering family.

Please Pray for: 

  • Safety—especially for the known Christians that have been open about their faith.
  • The underground Church workers.
  • Those who will face the ultimate threat: turn back to Islam or die.
  • Wisdom for those of us serving the believers and how best to help.
  • Those who we have been in touch with inside the country.

You Can Help Now!

Contact your US Representative to call attention to Afghan Christians

We encourage everyone to call his or her representative in Congress to support the rescue of persecuted Christians in Afghanistan. As a resource, we have provided this script to guide your message. Please share to encourage others to take action.

We desperately need your help to serve our struggling brothers and sisters in Afghanistan. Will you come alongside us in this crucial mission?

Rescue an Afghan Christian

How you can help:
  • Prayer | Follow our social media accounts to know how you can pray for our brothers and sisters.
  • Contact your officials | Call your representatives in Congress to label Afghan Christians as an at-risk group to be granted refugee status. Find a script to guide your message here.  
  • Give | Give to our Afghanistan Fund below.
Their cries are urgent. Please Help Now!

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The defeat of ISIS in Iraq came at the cost of strengthening militias. The pandemic has given many regional governments an opportunity to centralize authority.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: July

COVID-19 continues exacerbating the challenges already faced by the Nineveh Governorate. Lockdown restrictions have increased expenses and worsened living conditions.

The Man with Long Hair Who Changed My Life

Testimony of Mahlil Ahmad, a mocker turned worshiper By ICC’s Indonesia Correspondent 08/02/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – My […]

Christians in India’s Haryana State Concerned by Potential Anti-Conversion Law

On June 16, Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of India’s Haryana state, announced his intention to propose the addition of a Freedom of Religion Act to his state’s legal code.

Discriminated by Default: The Story of an Indonesian Christian Civil Servant

As part of the Millennial generation that grew up being shaded by the government, Cahaya aspires to serve the country by taking an entrance exam to become a civil servant.

Kidnapped Christian Man Still Missing in Turkey

A 71-year-old Assyrian Christian man, Hurmuz Diril, who lived in a village in southeast Turkey, has been missing since he and his wife Simoni were kidnapped on January 11.

Pakistani Christians Endure 80 Incidents of Persecution in the First Six Months of 2020

The first six months of 2020 proved to be another challenging time for Christians in Pakistan. Despite lofty claims made by the PTI-led government…

Today, We Mourn Hagia Sophia

A sword will pierce her heart, yet she ponders. Such is the legacy of Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is a legacy re-encountered within the history of Hagia Sophia.

Recent Killings Have Indian Christians Fearful of a Deadly New Trend

In just over a month, four Christians, including a woman, a teenager, and a pastor, were killed in India because of their faith.

Egypt’s Collision of Security and Freedom: Part 3

Security issues in Egypt also run parallel to issues surrounding racism and discriminatory police measures. It is a subject that hits many Christians hard. They are not just Christians. They are also Coptic.

Egypt’s Collision of Security and Freedom: Part 2

As Egypt grapples with terrorist insurgencies and the outbreak of COVID-19, security measures have grown. While the country’s safety is essential, many Egyptians fear…

Egypt’s Collision of Security and Freedom: Part 1

Since the rise of ISIS in 2014, the extremists have remained committed to targeting Middle East Christians. In Egypt, churches across the country were attacked.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: June

June marks the anniversary of ISIS’s capture of Mosul, the capital of the Nineveh Governorate, in 2014. Six years later, the challenges which contributed to the rise of ISIS remain…

Incidents of Christian Persecution Spike as India Emerges from Lockdown

As India gradually emerges from its national lockdown, International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented a sudden spike in attacks on Christians across the country.

Church in Muslim-Majority Country Faces Trouble for Providing COVID-19 Aid

Knowing that many families are impacted by the current pandemic, a pastor and his church in a Muslim-majority country in Southeast Asia have been diligently…

Libyan Conflict Puts Christians in the Crosshairs

The vast deserts of Libya are mostly empty of Christianity. Pockets of underground Christians exist, but they are shrouded in secrecy.

When the Smoke Clears, What Remains?

Once again, the crops of Iraqi Christian farmers have burned. Charred earth spreads seemingly forever near Karmalesh, a small Christian village devastated by ISIS’s genocide.

Not Yet Recovered – Two Years After Surabaya Bombings

By ICC’s Indonesia Correspondent 06/19/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – For many, the Sunday morning on May 13, 2018 […]

Meeting the Needs of the Body: ICC’s COVID-19 Response

06/16/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Three months after COVID-19 pushed the United States and many other countries into lockdown,

The Disappearing One Country Two System Promise for Hong Kong is a Threat to Religious Freedom

By Gina Goh   06/09/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – When tear gas, rubber bullets, and arbitrary arrests become […]

Two Christian Pastors Attacked in Northeast India Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 9, Tirpan Oraon was brutally attacked by his younger brother, an attack reportedly instigated by radical Hindu nationalists.

The Samaritans: Sharing the Gospel with Those Who Hate Us

Acts of persecution against Christians could not stop his calling. After praying and seeking godly advice for 11 years, Pastor G. finally moved to northeastern Kenya in 1997.

Denied by Family for Standing with Christ

After converting to Christianity, Yasin Bakari, a father of two living in coastal Kenya, fears that he will be killed.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: May

COVID-19 has further restricted humanitarian access to the Nineveh Plains. ISIS attacks are frequent and life-threatening, though not as common as…

Meeting the Needs of the Body: Pakistani Woman Receives COVID Relief

In the past three months, International Christian Concern documented at least four incidents of Christians denied food aid in Pakistan.

Equality Before the Law Merely a Slogan for Indonesian Christians

By ICC’s Indonesia Correspondent 05/30/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Recently, another case of intolerance towards Christians occurred in Cikarang Sub-District, Bekasi […]

Christian Families in India’s Chhattisgarh State Brutally Displaced

On May 20, three Christian families in India’s Chhattisgarh state were brutally attacked and displaced by radical Hindu nationalists.

Pastor’s Daughter in Laos Trapped with Dilemma

By ICC’s Intern for Southeast Asia R.R   05/27/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Communist nations in South East Asian […]

Church in Kenya Crushed by Community and COVID-19

Distraught by the plight of his church family, John, a pastor in Mandera, Kenya, says that Christians in the northeastern county are being denied aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Christians React to USCIRF Recommending India as a Country of Particular Concern

Last month, the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom recommended India be designated a Country of Particular Concern in its 2020 Annual Report.

Cut Off from Family for Christ

In September 2019, Bwambale Abraham and some of his friends decided to attend a Christian outreach event in their hometown of Kisinga, Uganda.

The Samaritans: Evangelism in East Africa

Kilonzo Musili was killed on February 19, 2020, when the Somali-based militant group, al-Shabaab, attacked a bus traveling from the border town of Mandera in northeastern Kenya to Nairobi.

How Will the Coronavirus Impact Egypt?

COVID-19 has brought the globe to a grinding halt. But as each country addresses the pandemic, new trends are emerging which could provide clues as to…

Local Police Complicit in Obstructing an Indonesian Church’s Construction

Although a constitutional right in the Republic of Indonesia guarantees the freedom to embrace and practice worship according to each citizen’s religious convictions, Indonesian security officials…

God’s Miracles Strengthen an MBB’s Faith in Indonesia

Born a Muslim, an ethnic Buginese Indonesian woman became Christian due to her husband’s faith and “just for fun.”

Christian Family in Pakistan Continues to Suffer Following Recovery of Abducted Daughter

For Christians in Pakistan, abductions, sexual assaults, forced conversions, and forced marriages continue to be a significant abuse faced by their community.

Christians in Rakhine State Stuck Between COVID-19 and Armed Conflicts

“Will this civil war ever end? I cannot even look up to God because everything seems hopeless. I cannot think ahead for myself, let alone my children.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: April

While COVID-19 dominates most of daily life in the Nineveh Governorate, sectarian tensions are further defining the landscape.

Impacting India One Bicycle At A Time: Pastor John’s Testimony

In November 2018, ICC launched an ambitious campaign to help bring the Gospel to India’s rural and unreached communities.

Christian Leaders Face New Challenges Amid India’s COVID-19 Lockdown

“My rations will run out in three or four days,” Pastor Radhe Kishan, a church planter from India, recently told International Christian Concern (ICC).

Controversial Burmese Pastor Tested Positive for COVID-19, Perception of Christians Worsened

Along with COVID-19, Christians are increasingly being put in the spotlight in Myanmar, mostly thanks to the fact that despite Christians being the minority in the country…

Flee for Your Lives: Elderly Woman Breaks Both Hands in Nigeria

“We were asleep when we heard gunshots! We woke up suddenly and began to flee!”

The Samaritans: Sharing the Gospel with Those Who Hate Us – Part 2

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

How Will the Coronavirus Crisis Impact Iraq?

COVID-19 has brought the globe to a grinding halt. But as each country addresses the pandemic, new trends are emerging which could provide clues as to how the country will evolve in the coming months or years.

Pakistan’s Most Oppressed and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Like many other countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed Pakistan and much of its population on lockdown.

Forever Amen: Iranian Christians React to COVID-19

Iran is gripped within the most challenging crisis since its inception 41 years ago. The consequences of COVID-19 are profound.

The Samaritans: Sharing the Gospel with Those Who Hate Us

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Only God Knows: DRC Priest Martyred for Christ

Two months ago, an Anglican priest was killed in Eringeti village by members of the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamic rebel group that targets Christians in the DRC and Uganda.

Christian Leaders Face New Challenges Amid India’s National Lockdown

Across India, pastors and evangelists serving in rural and more impoverished communities are suffering.

Locked in a Room: Part 2

Ali kept his faith hidden from his family for years. During that time, Iraq’s Christian population decreased rapidly, and there were no other Christians that he could develop relationships with.

Locked in a Room: Part 1

“Stay home for the Muslims!” It is a chant that has become a normal cadence in Egypt, where Christians joke that they hope the stay at home mandate includes them too, lest they are accused of infecting Muslims.

Christians in India’s Karnataka State Endure Spike in Persecution

Since the beginning of 2020, there has been a dramatic escalation in Christian persecution in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

An Indonesian Church’s Quest to Obtain a Building Permit

In the primarily Muslim nation of Indonesia, it is never an easy task for any church to successfully obtain a building permit.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: March

The Nineveh Governorate has come to a grinding halt because of COVID-19, impacting the ability of returnees to maintain whatever life they had developed post-ISIS.

Iraqis’ Faith Grows as Churches Close

Chaos has unfolded throughout every decade of Iraq’s recent history. Today, a virus keeps the country closed, leaving the vulnerable unable to access basic resources.

Abducted Pastor, Who Was Presumed Dead, Released by Arakan Army

International Christian Concern rejoices at the news that Burmese pastor U Tun Nu, who was abducted by the Arakan Army and presumed dead, was released on March 8 after 14 months of detention.

My Persecuted Family in East Africa

The first half of December 2019 is a blur to me. I covered at least 1,750 miles in less than two weeks, visiting some of the most remote areas I have ever seen.

The Building Permit Problem that Curses Indonesian Churches

Religious activities in Indonesia receive an apparent constitutional guarantee. Written in the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia, “The state guarantees the freedom of each citizen…

Pastor in India Continues Ministry in the Face of Escalating Persecution

On February 2, leaders of the Hindu nationalist group VHP held a press conference claiming they identified 30 locations in India’s Uttar Pradesh state where religious conversions were taking place.

2019: Another Difficult Year for Christians in Pakistan

The year 2019 proved to be another challenging year for Christians in Pakistan. Despite lofty claims made by the PTI-led government, the country’s Christian community continued to suffer.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: February

February was marked with subtle tensions underlying several different aspects of the Nineveh Governorate as Iraq continues to wrestle with the consequences of a government in chaos.

President Trump’s Missed Opportunity in India

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump made his first state visit to India. From the outset, the two-day affair was billed as a grand show of partnership and cooperation between…

A Wuhan Church Finds God’s Grace Amid Coronavirus Scare

By Gina Goh 03/01/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The Root and Foot Christian Church (RFCC) is situated at the very center […]

Iraq Protests Continue, But Where Is the Hope?

It seems like a lifetime ago. When Iraq’s protests first began 150 days ago, the country was filled with hope.

The Suffering of Christians in Aceh, Indonesia

Anxiety, worry, fear and happiness flared up in my heart when I learned that I was going to visit one of the provinces that is very distinct in my country, namely the province of Aceh.

India’s Persecuted Christians Look Ahead to a New Decade

“Year after year, the situation is going from bad to worse,” Pastor Suryam recently told International Christian Concern (ICC).

Evin Prison, Iran’s “Torture Factory,” Sanctioned

Last February, International Christian Concern (ICC) requested that the United States Treasury Department issue Global Magnitsky sanctions against Iran’s Evin Prison.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: January

The New Year opened with an unexpected airstrike in Baghdad that substantially changed the tenor throughout Iraq…

Christians in Southern India Attacked, Harassed, and Displaced by Extremists

“I felt at one point that it is better to die than going through [this] terrible pain and trauma,” 46-year-old Siddesh Bhovi recently told International Christian Concern (ICC).

Sanctioned: Iranian Judge Mohammed Moghiseh

Last February, International Christian Concern requested that the United States Treasury Department sanction Iranian Judge Mohammed Moghiseh, a known human rights abuser…

Persecuted Church in China Brings Hope Amid Coronavirus Epidemic

A new respiratory virus with origins in the Chinese city of Wuhan has now infected 8,200 people across the world, and has claimed nearly 200 lives.

Iraqi Christians Pause Their Education – Again

When Iraq declared the Islamic State (ISIS) territorially defeated in 2017, it followed three years of violence which displaced most of the country’s ever-shrinking Christian community.

A Restrictive Christmas for Christians in India

Although the number of persecution incidents reported in India around Christmas 2019 appears to be lower than many expected, the level of religious intolerance translated into fear and intimidation.

Leave Islam, Lose Family: A Common Choice in Western Uganda

Abdallah Kule Josephat, who grew up in a strict Muslim household in Kamahango, Kasese District, Uganda, was forced to pack his belongings and leave his father’s home together with his wife, Biira Merciline, for leaving Islam.

Christians Stuck in Egypt’s Generational Chasm: The Established Voices

The generational gap in Egypt can feel like an ever widening chasm. The older generation sees the youth as rebellious, reckless, and unrestrained.

Iran Responds to IRGC Assassination

If Iranian State Media is to be believed, the country is in deep mourning following the US assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani…

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: 2019 in Review

The year 2019 brought mixed outcomes for Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate. The Islamic State (ISIS) suffered serious setbacks, but an unknown number of militants remain at large in the governorate.

China Announces New Measures to Govern Religious Groups

By Gina Goh 12/31/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On December 30, China’s state-run media Xinhua reports that as of February 1, […]

Hope House Kids Dare to Dream

A melody of voices floats through the hallways, followed by the rushed patter of children’s feet running into classrooms.

Christian Volunteers Smuggling Bibles Moved by Lao Christians

Volunteers delivering Bibles to Christians in Laos. *Photo rendered for security reason. By Gina Goh 12/23/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian […]

Emotional Re-Entry as Seven Innocent Christians in India Receive Bail

“I consider coming out of jail after 11 years like receiving a new life altogether,” said Duryodhana Sunamajhi.

Christians Prepare for Another Not So Merry Christmas in India

As many of the world’s Christians prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday, Christians in India are struggling with a growing sense of fear.

Iraq Cancels Christmas

Wearing a gas mask, Santa strolls down the streets of Baghdad. He carefully treads through flurries of shredded trash strewn across dirt blackened by nearly three months of ongoing protests.

Prayers Needed for Early Rain Covenant Church on Crackdown Anniversary

This house church in Sichuan always knew that persecution might eventually show up at its doorstep. Yet the members were never deterred by it.

Persecuted Pastor Counts the Cost of Ministry Among India’s Unreached

“All of the sudden, my life, family, and church were broken into pieces,” Pastor Tukaram Chavan, age 32, told International Christian Concern (ICC).

Christians Stuck in Egypt’s Generational Chasm: The Youth’s Voice

The generational gap in Egypt can feel like an ever widening chasm. The older generation sees the youth as rebellious, reckless, and unrestrained.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: November

Iraq remains gripped by protests, but the violent response of the government toward those asking for their rights has created an environment of uncertainty.

Increased Assaults Reveal Vulnerability of Christian Women in Pakistan

In the first nine months of 2019, International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented 34 incidents of abduction, assault, rape, and forcible conversions against Christian women and girls in Pakistan.

Indonesia Church Might Be Able to Worship in Its Own Building Soon

Indonesia has 263 million people, 87% of whom are Muslims, making it the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

Are Religious Minorities Safe in the BJP’s India?

“The rights of minorities are absolutely safe in India and are being protected by the BJP-led government.” This is what India’s Minister for Minority Affairs…

Forsaken by His Earthly Family, Loved by His Heavenly Family

Mumbedde Sula, born to a Muslim family, converted to Christianity in June 2019 following the witness of Robert Muhando of the Church of God in Uganda.

Literacy Education Changes Mothers’ Lives

The ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood has defined many villages in Upper Egypt. Violent attacks against Christians are common, but persecution here is defined by more than violence.

Suffering Leads a Christian Back to a Terror Zone

Musee Kiema worked as a manual laborer in Elwak, Mandera County, Kenya, before a September 2018 attack left him seriously injured.

Nigeria’s Scattered Flock: John Bulus

Ancha village of Plateau State, Nigeria was teeming with all kinds of life. The land is fertile for the agrarian community, supplied with water from local streams and lakes.

Religious Persecution Hides Among Political and Ethnic Tensions in Southern Ethiopia

Pastor Peter, a Kenyan preacher living in Nairobi, has been taking trips to serve Christians in Ethiopia for seven years now.

Rejected by Family After Losing Husband to Terrorism

Only a year after losing her husband in Mandera, Kenya, Agnes Mwatha has also been rejected by her husband’s family.

Is All Truly Quiet in Egypt?

“Security; it is like a fist. All is controlled, but not all is monitored.” Such is a sentence whispered repeatedly throughout Egypt’s Christian communities.

Widow Shares Her Faith After Losing Her Husband to al-Shabaab

Moving through the steep Kenyan countryside, International Christian Concern (ICC) met a jovial Peninah Ngui, looking after her herd of goats.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: October

The death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 26 was followed five days later with an announcement by ISIS via Telegram that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi will…

Finding Salvation in the Midst of Persecution: Kamcha’s Testimony

“Until the night of January 8 this year, I was dead against the Christian faith and used to hate people who follow Christianity, including my husband.”

Iraq Stands Together in Symbol of Hope

The streets in Iraq are flooded with people. Rockets flare overhead as bullets fly into the crowd. People quickly scatter, only to return in stronger numbers.

Bibles & Bikes for India: One Year Later

Last year, International Christian Concern (ICC) launched an ambitious campaign to help bring the Gospel to India’s rural and unreached communities.

Surviving Execution: Haunted by the Memory of a Near Death Experience

“The memories of the night attack are still fresh on my mind. It has been like a film that you watch now and then. It was gruesome.”

ICC Documents 43 Cases of Persecution Against Pakistani Christians in Three Months

On September 27, Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, made lofty claims about protecting religious minorities as he addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Rejected by Family, Harassed by Community, Accepted by Christ

For many in the West, following Christ was an easy decision. One made while young and often with the support of family.

Hong Kong Formally Withdraws Extradition Bill

On October 23, Hong Kong’s legislature formally withdrew the extradition bill that led the autonomous region into a four-month long period of unrest.

Double Standard of Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law: The Case of a Controversial Muslim Cleric

Ustadz Abdul Somad, 42, was born in North Sumatra.  The controversial Islamic preacher is known for causing religious issues, especially with the study of Hadith and sharia in his lectures.

Attacks Become the “New Normal” for Christians in Jharkhand

“There is absolutely no rule of law, whatever the Hindu radicals say, the police execute.” This is the unfortunate reality for many Christians in India’s northeastern state of Jharkhand.

Hong Kong Christians and Their Roles in the Ongoing Protests

I could not remember the last time I heard a hymn that’s been repeated this many times, until I stepped into the prayer vigil held in front of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

Pakistan’s Christians Concerned by New Reports of Discrimination

Recent reports of religious discrimination have many Christians in Pakistan concerned about their future status in the country.

Gospel Broadcast Saves Iranian Woman from Abusive Marriage

The phones are constantly busy at a Christian Iranian broadcasting center, where a team is always available for calls coming from over 6,000 miles away.

Bible School in Myanmar Raided for Using Walkie-Talkies

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that in the early hours of September 26, the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) and government authorities raided a Kachin Christian Bible school in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina.

Christian Girls in Pakistan Targeted with Forced Conversions

International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented seven cases of Pakistani Christian girls being forcibly converted to Islam in just the first six months of 2019.

Nigeria’s Scattered Flock: Manasa Family

Boko Haram menacingly roams northeastern Nigeria in search of those who fail to follow their strict moral code.

Uttar Pradesh Becomes Radicals’ Favorite Hunting Ground for Christians

Sunday worship services have become an increasingly taboo topic for Indian Christians in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Four Cases of Police Abuse Documented in Two Weeks in Pakistan

International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented four cases of police torture, harassment, and discrimination against Pakistani Christians over just two weeks.

ICC Calls for Religious Freedom at State Department Event

July 2019 witnessed the largest human rights event in State Department history: the 2nd Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: September

During the month of September, irregular military forces existing within the Nineveh Plains increased demonstrations of strength.

Disbanded Indonesian Church Continues to Meet

On August 25, when GPdI (Indonesian Pentecostal Church) Efata Church was having its Sunday service outside of the home of its pastor, the Inhil District Civil Service Police Unit came and stopped the worship.

Moderate Burmese Monk Advocates for Religious Peace

In the primarily Buddhist nation of Myanmar, religious minorities, who often hail from ethnic minority groups, are subject to discrimination and attacks by radical Buddhists who justify their actions as protecting the nation.

Sole Christian Woman in Indian Village Attacked Over Faith

Deep within the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh is the tiny, rural village of Kokoda Juganar. For the past five years, that village has been home to only one Christian family.

Nigeria’s Scattered Flock: Helen Moses

Helen, a widow, and a mother of four, is currently living at the City of Refuge, a refugee home for widows and orphans in Jos, Nigeria.

Christians Ponder Egypt’s Slow March Away from Diversity

Extreme poverty. An absent education. Exposure to radical Islam. Seventy years ago, Egypt was a different country. People were poor, but secular.

China Deports Korean Missionaries Serving North Korean Defectors

By ICC’s Representative for North Korea China has been cracking down on the Church with a “Sinicization” campaign. President Xi […]

Strength in Spite of Physical and Mental Scars

“‘Women, come out! Women, come out!’ We came out and started fleeing, then realized that Fulani herdsmen militias were already coming into the village to attack.

Christian Activists in Pakistan Under Threat

In the past month, International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented multiple cases of Christian activists in Pakistan being targeted for speaking out against the oppression of their community.

Lingering Questions Follow an Escape from Syria

A question mark follows Lina wherever she goes. She doesn’t know who kidnapped her husband the first time. She doesn’t know who threatened to kill her son.

Kachin Pastor Sued by Burmese Army Pursues Justice

The leader of the Kachin Baptist Convention, Rev. Hkalam Samson, was sued by a Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) officer on August 26 over comments he made…

Indian Christians Attacked Following Rumors of National Anti-Conversion Bill

A new wave of religious violence against Christians has swept over northern India in recent weeks.

Hate Speech Wins in Iraq

Iraq’s Christians have learned the importance of caring about words. In a country torn by decades of violence, a few brief words can quickly differentiate friend from foe.

Series of Sexual Assaults Highlights the Vulnerability of Pakistani Christian Women and Girls

By ICC’s Pakistan Correspondent 08/30/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “Oppression exists in different layers for Christian girls in […]

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: August

August marked the five-year anniversary of the Islamic State (ISIS) sweeping into the Nineveh Plains and engaging in a policy of genocide.

A Long Journey of Faith: The Testimony of Two Kandhamal Prisoners

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the event that triggered India’s worst instance of Christian persecution.

Egyptian Christians Held to a Higher Standard

Social media is often present during the best of times — and the worst of times. In Egypt, where only 40% of its nearly 100 million population have access to social media, the situation is flammable.

Livestock Projects Bring Hope to the Persecuted in Kenya

ICC recently assisted four families through livestock projects in Lamu, Kenya to help those who lost loved ones and all of their possessions in the 2017 terror attacks in the Jima and Maleli villages.

A Slow Strangulation: Turkey’s Disappearing Christian Leadership

A melody is slowly quieting in Turkey. For centuries, the soft chanting of psalms flowed across churches flooded with worshipers.

Christians Face New Threat Along the Boni Forest in Kenya

On July 12, 2019, in the Maleli village of Nigeria’s Lamu County, Benson Karisa Shida, a Christian crop farmer, was attacked by the nomadic Orma herders who are a predominantly Muslim sect.

Christian Communities Shaken by Series of Attacks in Southern India

In July, International Christian Concern (ICC) recorded six attacks on Christians in just one state in India. The attacks recorded included beatings, threats, vandalism…

Do Not Forget Missing Chinese Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

August 13, 2017 was the last day that the prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was seen at his cave dwelling in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi.

Single Christian Mothers in Iran Say #MeToo

“Single moms are looked upon as prostitutes. Society doesn’t care for them. They are outcasts, someone to be used. It is different in Iran than other parts of the world…”

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: July

Iraq faced heavy international pressure during the month of July to disentangle from Iranian influence.

ICC Provides Rent Assistance for Former Islamic Extremist

Dadang* used to be a radical Muslim consumed with hatred and zeal. He fervently supported a caliphate type of government in Indonesia.

India’s Informal Churches Caught in the Crosshairs

“For the first time in 45 years, I feel like I don’t have the right to live as a Christian in my own country,” Pastor Sheeja Thomas, a house church leader in Hyderabad, India, told International Christian Concern (ICC).

Kachin Pastor Shares His Ordeal in Prison

At the Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, hosted by the State Department last week, a pastor from Myanmar’s Kachin ethnic group recounted his ordeal…

The Dismal State of Religious Freedom in Pakistan

This week, US President Donald Trump will meet with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Discriminated in Death: Egyptian Christian Soldier Pays Ultimate Sacrifice

The memory of Christianity is all that is left in the Egyptian city of al-Arish, a Sinai village once home to approximately 450 Christian families.

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: June

Frustration among victims of the Islamic State (ISIS) continues to mount as flames and militia harassment became the defining features of Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate throughout the month of June.

ICC Hosts Advocacy Event on Capitol Hill

International Christian Concern (ICC) held its largest-ever Policy Day last month on Capitol Hill. Members of the House and Senate and their staff members, officials from the State Department, representatives from…

The Old Has Gone, The New is Here

The red carpet was adorned with white petals. The rotunda ceiling showcased a bright sky with doves ascending. Roses bursting with color sat on pedestals, warmly welcoming joyful guests.

Ramadan in the Middle East: 2019 Report

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a tense time in the Middle East. As a predominantly Islamic region, observance of the Ramadan fast is culturally, and even at times legally, required.

Pakistani Christians Continue to Face Deep Discrimination

Christian persecution in Pakistan is unfortunately some of the worst in the entire world. This year, Open Doors ranked the country as the fifth worst persecutor of Christians…

Overcoming Abandonment in Egypt: Part 2

When Salma married her husband, she never imagined that he would one day convert to Islam and threaten their family’s well-being.

Overcoming Abandonment in Egypt: Part 1

Bustling villages are commonplace in Upper Egypt. Amidst the expansive desert, Muslims and Christians squeeze into the thin ribbon of fertile land along the Nile.

Series of Attacks Leaves India’s Christians Concerned About the BJP’s Re-election

A series of persecution incidents has raised concerns for many Indian Christians following the re-election of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report

The Islamic State (ISIS) has adopted a strategy of insurgency in areas previously under the militants’ control during the height of its so-called Islamic Caliphate.

India’s Christians Reflect on Another Five Years of BJP Rule

India’s national elections concluded with another thumping victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Turkey’s Culture of Genocide Continues

The past two months were somber for Turkey’s historic Christian communities. Each in their turn gathered in remembrance of their ancestors who were murdered, or somehow barely survived…

Imprisoned Indonesian Pastor Released on House Arrest

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on April 26, 2019, Pastor Abraham Ben Moses was released from prison to reunite with his wife and daughter at home.

Conversion, Trials, and Provision: The Story of Sarah Ayu Ibrahim

International Christian Concern has obtained approval from Sarah, the wife of imprisoned Indonesian pastor Abraham Ben Moses, to feature her testimony that she shared recently at an Indonesian church in New York.

Over 50 Chin Villagers Kidnapped by Arakan Army

On February 2, 2019, 54 Kangtlang villagers were abducted by the Arakan Army (AA) to the AA base located between the Myanmar and Bangladesh border.

The Plight of Iraq’s Elderly Christians

A colorful Rubik’s Cube sits in the wrinkled hands of an elderly Iraqi woman, her fingers playing softly with the edges as she puzzles over her next move.

Muslim Mob in Kenya Destroys Churches and Christian Shops

Nearly two weeks ago, a disagreement between Muslims and the local community in Kiamaiko, Nairobi, culminated in a mass attack by young Muslim men.

Four Christians Hospitalized Following Brutal Assault on Church in Southern India

“I was worried about the elderly people who were in the church that day,” Pastor Philip Rangasamy, pastor at Praise the Lord Church in Kanjapalli, explained in a recent interview with International Christian Concern (ICC).

China Wants the House Church to Vanish

In the 2018 superhero film Avengers: Infinity War, when the villain Thanos snaps his fingers with the preeminent Infinity Gauntlet, half of the world vanishes, leaving an “ideal world” for the 50% who survive the snap.

Deported for Christian Kindness: Kazakhstan Remains in Question

In 2000, Victoria Charbonneau left her home in Richmond, Virginia to travel to Kazakhstan with a desire to help other people.

Egypt’s Constitution Changes—Now What?

In the weeks leading up to Egypt’s constitutional referendum on April 19, life appeared peaceful and harmonious.

Remembering Pakistan’s Most Vulnerable Blasphemy Victims

As the world celebrates the long awaited release of Asia Bibi, it’s important to remember that she is not the only individual to suffer under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws.

India’s Christians Hope for Change

India is in the process of electing the next government that will be tasked with leading the world’s largest democracy.

Iranian Militias Plague Iraq’s Nineveh Plains

The fatal ferry collapse in Mosul on March 21 was a tragedy felt across all of Iraq.

Nigerian Woman Witnesses the Murder of 10 Family Members

During my latest trip to Nigeria, I had the privilege of meeting a young woman who suffered an unimaginable tragedy.

The Greatest Enemy to My Christian Faith Is My Father: Part 2

Charles Mudasir’s life radically changed in 2014 when he met a Christian missionary. He accepted Christ, despite his upbringing and adoption by a very strict Muslim.

The Greatest Enemy to My Christian Faith Is My Father: Part 1

Earlier this year, Charles Ndingi Mudasir met a childhood friend in Mombasa, and together they made their way to a cyber café to check emails.

Indonesians Ready to Cast Their Votes

Today, the fourth most populous country and the third largest democracy in the world, will elect its leader for the next five years.

Faith-Driven Pursuit of Democracy Leads to Jail in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is on the trajectory of losing its promised autonomy to Beijing. Through manipulated elections, financial incentives, and legal means…

Extremists Single Out Coptic Christian Farmers

For many in Upper Egypt, livestock are not simply animals. They live as part of the family, and when the time comes, are sold.

Christian Tribal Beheaded for His Faith in India’s Odisha State

Anant Ram Gond, a 40-year-old Christian, was found beheaded in February in Nabarangpur, Odisha in India.

Pakistani Minorities Call for Legislation to Combat Increased Forced Conversions

For years, Pakistani Christians have raised their voices against increasingly frequent incidents of forced abductions, conversions, and marriages of Christian girls.

Students’ Education Interrupted Due to Persecution in Kenya

It is midday and children are making their way into the government settlement camp in Katsaka Kairo, Kenya under the scorching coastal sun.

Kenyan Schoolboy Rekindled Dreams After Losing Father to al-Shabaab

Fifteen-year-old Joseph Mwangangi lost all hope of attending secondary school after his father was killed and his family was displaced by al-Shabaab.

Turkey Attempts to School Christian Teachers

Although technically living in a secular nation, Turkey’s teachers are entrusted with the care of ensuring that children are raised as good, Turkish Muslims.

Past Tragedies Create Tension for Pakistani Christians Celebrating Lent

As Christian communities across the world observe Lent, individual Christians commemorate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ…

Christians in Indonesia’s Papua Province Increasingly Under Threat

In predominantly Muslim Indonesia, its largest and easternmost province, Papua, a place where over 80% of the population identifies as Christian…

Henan Pastor Criminally Detained for Opposing Unlawful Church Crackdown

On February 20, Pastor Juncai Li of Yuanyang Country house church and his coworkers, Raoyun Wu and Yanfang Ma, were detained after being accused of disrupting public service.

Disabled Iraqi Christian Woman Overcomes Persecution

Although the reconstruction of Mosul is slow, following its three-year occupation by the Islamic State (ISIS), the city’s bustling university provides hope for the future.

Christians Left Voiceless Amidst Land-Grabbing in Pakistan

Christians in Pakistan have a history of being discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens.

Egyptian Family Weathers the Storm of Blasphemy

A blasphemy charge changes everything. “We didn’t feel safe anymore, I was scared for my sons, you can feel that all the people around you want to kill you or throw you out of the village,” recalled Maria.

Even If My Father and Mother Abandon Me, the Lord Will Hold Me Close

In a country like Indonesia, which holds the world’s largest population of Muslims, every story of enduring faith matters.

Family in India Continues to Worship Despite Warnings and Attack

“I was terrified for a moment when I saw a group of people with wooden sticks furiously making their way into the church,” Ashok Vachan told International Christian Concern (ICC).

Children Bear Witness to Turkey’s Educational Discrimination

For Christians living in Turkey, living and sharing their faith is increasingly difficult.

ICC Blesses Four Families Adjusting to Living Without Breadwinners

For the families of Daniel Wekesa, Philip Okumu, Alfred Muganda, and Joshua Ooko in Kenya, 2018 was the worst year they can remember.

Islamic Regime Initiates Wave of Persecution Against Rasht’s Church of Iran

This past month has seen a significant increase of targeted persecution against Iranian Christians living in the city of Rasht, located north of Tehran, near the Caspian Sea.

Bibles and Bikes: Halfway to Our Goal

Imagine stepping outside of your door anticipating that you may be persecuted for preaching the Gospel. For pastors in India, this is their reality.

Pastor in Myanmar Faces Legal Battle with Radical Buddhist Monks

Every year, during the Christmas season, many Christians are compelled to share the Gospel and express their love with people from other faiths.

Judge Moghiseh’s Gavel Slams Hard Against Iranian Christians

The title of Hajj does not come easily. It denotes a Muslim who has made a pilgrimage to Mecca, a challenging journey for Iranians who believe a different version of Islam than their Saudi counterparts.

Judge Zargar Dashes the Last Hope of Iranian Christians

The two are commonly seen in pairs. Whenever Judge Ahmadzadeh singles out Christians in his courtroom, Judge Ahmad Zargar* is often not far behind.

Intense Persecution of Pakistani Christians Continued into the Second Half of 2018

Incidents of Christian persecution in Pakistan continued into the second half of 2018, painting a grim picture for the small minority community regarding their religious freedom rights.

Inside the Genocide: Pray for Nigeria

Nigeria is experiencing a major election season this February 16. The results of this election will determine the country’s next president, as well as numerous seats in the National Assembly.

Inside the Genocide: Nigerian Security Forces Show Caliphate Trend

Nigeria’s security forces have made a mockery of basic human rights by failing to protect its Christian population against a genocidal Fulani campaign of terror that has gone on for twenty years, with little hope for change in the upcoming election.

Inside the Genocide: Boko Haram Returns to Nigeria

Fifteen-year-old Aisha fled her home in northern Nigeria with her family to escape the wrath of Boko Haram in April 2013, but she didn’t make it far.

Indian Christians Look to Upcoming National Election with Hope and Anxiety

We are very anxious about this election and worried what will happen if the ruling government will come back for another term,” Pastor Omprakash recently shared…

Imprisoned Chinese Pastor John Cao Perseveres in Jail for the Lord

Chinese pastor John Sanqiang Cao was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for his ministry in Myanmar in 2018.

Inside the Genocide: 20 Times President Buhari failed to protect Christians in 2018

A nightmarish scene unfolded in front of Rev. Gerison Ezekiel Killa. Shouting and gunshots rang out from the bushes flanked the Benue River. Fellow villagers flung themselves into the river’s murky depths to escape the bullets.

Judge Ahmadzadeh Singles Out Christians in Court

Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh has presided over the trials of many Iranian Christians arrested by the authorities.

Inside the Genocide: Nigeria’s Election Either Way, Christians Lose

Persecuted Christians in Nigeria cling to hope that change will come with every election. However, with two Muslim contestants dominating this year’s race, they don’t have much to hope for.

ICC Restores Shattered Church Community in Nepal

On May 11, 2018, Immanuel Church, located in Kanchanpur, Nepal, was set on fire by unknown individuals.

The Hopeful Lessons Learned from Asia Bibi’s Acquittal in Pakistan

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, spent almost nine years in prison after being falsely accused of committing blasphemy against Islam.

Evin Prison: A Tool of Repression Against Iranian Christians

This month marks the 40-year anniversary of the founding of the modern Islamic Republic of Iran.

Pastor Kidnapped by Local Gang in Myanmar Still Missing

Gospel for Asia (GFA), a ministry that has been serving the least of these in Asia since 1979, has issued an urgent prayer appeal…

Small Church in India Transcends Persecution to Declare the Gospel

“It was very difficult and painful as several new believers were beaten up so badly,” Pastor Ajay Ravi told International Christian Concern (ICC).

Terrorist Bombing of Philippines Cathedral Kills at Least 20

Sunday, January 27, 2019, two bombs exploded at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 100.

Indian Christians Endure at Least 25 Instances of Persecution Over Christmas Holiday

The 2018 Christmas season was discouraging and painful for many Christian communities across India, as International Christian Concern (ICC) documented at least…

Iraqi Curriculum Issues Veiled Threat Against Christian Women

Questions persist throughout Iraq regarding whether ISIS is truly defeated or will rise again, perhaps under the banner of another terrorist organization.

Freedom Is Lost for Many Sichuan House Church Members

He is an 11-year-old boy. He hasn’t seen his parents for a month now after they were snatched away by the police.

Egyptian Convert Stands Firm for Christ Against All Odds

Growing up in Egypt as the son of an Islamic Sheikh, Mohamed’s life was filled with religion. As a Sheikh, his father was supposed to live as a religious man…

Hmong Christians in Vietnam Repeatedly Beaten and Arrested

Due to its ethnic background and high percentage of practicing Christians, Vietnam’s Hmong community is often targeted and harassed by both…

Mother and Daughter Disowned for Converting to Christianity

Adijah is living with a Christian family in Kisinga, Western Uganda, after she was threatened and disowned by her husband for becoming a Christian.

Christians Face Mounting Discrimination in Pakistan’s Schools

Discrimination on religious grounds is very common in Pakistan. Christians and other minorities face discrimination in many facets throughout the country.

Persecution by Poisoning: Uganda’s Victims of Faith

Ayub Maate was a Muslim before he converted to Christianity. He practiced his faith daily, even sounding the trumpet three times a day…

Two Christian Teachers Killed in Kenya School Attack Buried

After weeks of waiting for DNA tests to confirm the identities of Mr. Philip Masinde Okumu and Daniel Wekesa Wangila, their families finally laid them to rest.

Christian Converts Volunteer to Teach at a Faith-Based School in Uganda

Were Ahmed and Mukenye Geoffrey are both former Muslims, now living in a shelter in Budaka District, Eastern Uganda, run by a local pastor.

Iraq’s Christians Ask, Where Shall We Reunite?

“Merry Christmas and happy New Year,” Mazin, a Christian from Mosul displaced by the Islamic State (ISIS), wishes his friends and family.

Indian Christians from Telangana Endure Three Attacks in Five Days

In a matter of only five days, Christians in India’s southern state of Telangana endured three separate attacks.

Community Missing Among Egypt’s Christian Converts

Isolation. For many Muslim-background believers, also known as MBBs, this is one of the first feelings they experience when their faith becomes public.

Quetta’s Christians Remember Those Lost in Last Year’s Church Bombing

One year ago, the Christian community of Quetta was devastated by a terrorist attack.

India’s Christians Relieved as Hindu Nationalists Lose Five Key State Elections

The results of five state elections have come as a massive relief for Christians and other religious minorities in India.

Celebrating Christmas in Exile: IDPs Speak on the Yuletide Season

It is nothing new for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria to experience pain and loss.

Southern Adamawa Villages Still Mourning One Year Later

On December 4, 2018, five villages in southern Adamawa, Nigeria, commemorated the one-year anniversary since attacks by Fulani militants left more than 95 people dead.

Christian Leaders in India Anticipate Difficult Christmas Season

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the Christmas season with joy, things are different in India.

Two Survivors Recall Horrors of the Recent Mandera Attack

Kevin Lomosi and Elijah Nderitu are grateful to God for rescuing them from the claws of armed militants.

Mosul’s Destruction Haunts the Nineveh Plains

Mosul was once a beautiful city. Today, piles of rubble are everywhere.

Pastor Brutally Beaten for Leading Open Air Worship Services in India

Earlier this month, a pastor and his congregation were severely beaten in India’s Bihar state.

Wave of Persecution in Jharkhand State Sees Christians Targeted on Multiple Fronts

It has been just over a year since Jharkhand, a northeastern state in India, added a Freedom of Religion Act, popularly known as an ‘anti-conversion law,’ to its criminal code.

Christian Children Face the Dark Realities of Persecution

“Why does God let these people kill innocent people?” Mariam is only 11 years old, but her question was long expected by her parents.

Young Girl Orphaned in Uganda After Father Converts to Christianity

In a Muslim populated village in eastern Uganda, Rehema lives with her grandmother after losing her recently converted father to persecution.

Persecution and Grace Fill Iran’s Streets

The massive waves of unrest which have plagued Iran this past year point toward the people’s frustration with the moral and economic bankruptcy of a governing Islamic elite.

Tales of Survival and Loss from the Mandera Stoning Attack

Religious discrimination and animosity are soaring drastically in northeastern Kenya.

Two Boys Abandoned After Recently Converted Father Is Poisoned in Uganda

Growing up in western Uganda, Bwambare and Mumbere, two Ugandan boys never imagined a day when they would be separated from their parents.

India’s Christians Troubled by Surge in Religious Persecution

India’s Christian community is deeply troubled by the rising tide of religious persecution targeting pastors and their churches.

Remembering the Suffering Church on International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted

Every year, on the first Sunday in November, the Church comes together for the International Day of Pray for the Persecuted.

Two Christian Men Executed for Declining to Recite Islamic Creed

A month ago, the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab flagged down a passenger bus traveling from Garissa to Masalani, Kenya…

Former Imam Turns into Advocate for Muslim-Background Believers in Uganda

Hassan Muwanguzi is a former imam who converted to Christianity in 2003 after attending an interfaith debate.

Pakistani Teenager Severely Tortured After Confronting Islamic Radicals

The persecution of Christians living in Pakistan is severe. With oppression and persecution from radical Islamic groups, fueled by the support of political parties…

Mentally Disabled Pakistani Christian Sentenced to Life in Prison

On September 28, Yaqoob Bashir, a 25-year-old mentally disabled Pakistani Christian, was sentenced to life in prison…

The Rising Tide of Persecution in India’s Chhattisgarh State – Part 2

In the Bastar district of India’s Chhattisgarh state, Hindu radical groups, bent on stopping what they claim are…

Kachin Pastor Beaten by Burmese Militia Recounts His Ordeal

Mading Zai Dan Bawm Ying is one of two Kachin youth pastors beaten by members of the Myanmar army-based Border Guard Force (BGF) last July…

Three-Person Teams Tasked with Monitoring Religious Venues in Wenzhou

In its latest attempt to ensure that religion is under the government’s control, Wenzhou city, also known as “China’s Jerusalem,”

The Rising Tide of Persecution in India’s Chhattisgarh State: Part 1

Christians living in the predominantly tribal Bastar region of India’s Chhattisgarh state are often targeted…

10 Days of Captivity: One ISIS Victim’s Road Back Home

The day ISIS arrived in Karemlash in 2014, Lana was at home, caring for her sister-in-law who was sick with cancer.

Abused and Abandoned: Woman and Four Children Chased Away for Faith in Christ

Two years ago, Dorika Kabuo and her four children were chased from their home by the one they called “protector and provider,” Dorika’s husband.

Why Are Egypt’s Churches So Often Targeted?

In Egypt, reports are constantly flooding in that, once again, Islamic hardliners have gathered to attack churches.

Rwandan Government Enforces Widespread Church Crackdown

This year, authorities in Rwanda have closed down at least 7,000 churches, more than 700 of which were in the capital city of Kigali.

Local Muslims Stone Three Christians to Death During Protest

On September 22, 2018, a family in western Kenya laid one of their kin to rest after he and two other men…

181 Montagnard Refugees Still Detained in Bangkok

More than three weeks have passed since Thai authorities arrested and detained 181 mostly Christian Montagnard refugees…

Are Iraq’s Empty Churches Future Mosques?

Throughout Iraq’s Nineveh Plains lie the ghostly remains of ISIS: crosses scrapped off grave markers, churches destroyed, Bibles burnt.

Largest House Church in Beijing Shut Down by the Government

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on September 9, more than 20 officials from the Chaoyang District Ethnic and Religious Affairs Office…

Pakistani Christians Endure Fourteen Violent Attacks in August

In August of 1947, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, gave his first speech to the constitute assembly.

10 Killed, 20 Wounded in Assault on Syrian Christian Town

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on September 7-8, 2018, several missiles were reportedly fired by al-Qaeda-linked rebels…

Indian Government Responds to Congressional Letter

Earlier this year, International Christian Concern (ICC) worked closely with members of Congress on…

One Year Later: Church in Zanzibar Still Fighting for the Right to Worship

The only mistake that Pastor Amos Kanula and the congregation of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG), Zanzibar, made was…

India’s Radical Hindu Nationalists Gather in Chicago

A few days from now, on September 7, 8 and 9, the World Hindu Congress will take place in Chicago, Illinois.

Indian Christians Forced to Live as Hindus or Face Severe Consequences

“Fifteen families have stopped attending my church in Jhabua in the last six months,” Pastor Singh told…

Violent Incidents Embody Pakistan’s Growing Intolerance of Christians

In August, two Christian families became the victims of Pakistan’s ever-growing religious intolerance.

Turkey Attempts to Mask Increasing Persecution

Turkey’s national propaganda outlets are hard at work, bolstering President Erdogan’s persona and denying the presence of religious persecution.

Egypt’s Thwarted Church Attack Speaks to Deeper Challenges

The attempted suicide attack on August 11 against the Church of the Virgin Mary in Lower Egypt…

Al-Shabaab Attack Victims Continue to Mourn One Year Later

A year has passed since al-Shabaab militants brutally murdered four people in the quiet village of Maleli, Kenya…

Muslims Beat Group of Christians for Protecting Church Property in Pakistan

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a group of Muslims beat a group of Christians, including children…

Voices of Kandhamal: Part 3

Justice delayed is justice denied. This is what seven Christian men have experienced after they were accused…

Counting Down to the Day of Closure

Wednesday, August 8, 2018. No. 176 Beiyuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Longbaochen Commercial Building, Floor 3…

Father and Son Brutally Attacked by Radicals in India’s Madhya Pradesh

“I cried so much and begged them with my hands folded to spare us, as my son already slipped into unconsciousness…

The Voices of Kandhamal: Part 2

In 1997, while in Bible college, Pastor Abasalom Anand received a vision from God to go to the Baliguda area…

Pakistani Christian Brutally Beaten over Arm Wrestling Match

On August 2, Arsalan Masih, an 18-year-old Pakistani Christian, was severely beaten by a group of Muslims…

Pain of Genocide Defines Nineveh Plains

The evil of attempting to annihilate an entire people group because of who they are generates long-lasting consequences.

Pakistani Christians Still Awaiting Justice for Gojra Nine Years Later

Nine years ago, on August 1, 2009, an enraged Muslim mob attacked the Christian community of Gojra…

The Suffering Never Ends for Those Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan

Sections 295 and 298 of the Pakistan Penal Code are commonly referred to as Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

The Voices of Kandhamal: Part 1

They say that time is the great healer. But in this case, a decade has not been enough to erase the pain and suffering of…

Church Demolished as Hindu Radicals Attempt to Create ‘Christian-Free’ Village in India

“All that the Hindu radicals want is for Sangameshwar to be a ‘Christian-free’ village,” Pastor Srinivas Sapa, a 42-year-old Christian resident…

Bullying Tactics: A Daily Occurrence for Egypt’s Christians

Earlier this month, in a village just a few kilometers from Minya City, a group of faithful Christians began planting trees on an empty lot in front of their church.

Vietnamese Christian Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai Begins New Life in Germany

Nguyen Van Dai, a Vietnamese Christian human rights lawyer known for his promotion of democracy and defense of religious minorities and dissidents…

Persecution of Pakistani Christians Ramps Up in First Six Months of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have marked the beginning of another frightening and difficult year for Christians in Pakistan.

Are Iraq’s Christians Facing a Critical Juncture Post-Election?

On July 1, Iraq officially became an interim government without a functioning parliament.

Religious Bias Fuels Christian Persecution in Zanzibar’s Judicial System

The judicial system is contributing to the unequal treatment of Christians in Zanzibar.

India’s Christians Called to Pray as Leaders Anticipate Turbulent Election Season

A nationwide controversy recently arose when two Catholic archbishops in India circulated their annual pastoral letters…

Is Arresting Christian Victims the New Standard in Egypt?

Harassment and threats of violence are a routine part of life for Coptic Christians in Egypt.

Kachin: A Heaven or Hell of Dreamers’ Dreams

Beautiful, lush, and deadly, Kachin State sits nestled between the glorious Himalayan Mountains in the northern region of Myanmar – a melting pot…

Pastor Narrowly Escapes Attack by Hindu Radicals in India

The evening of June 5 was just another routine Tuesday for Pastor Mukunda Sagar, age 38, as he carried out his ministry…

Activists Fear Mandatory Quranic Teaching Will Normalize the Marginalization of Pakistan’s Christians

On May 4, 2018, the provincial government of Punjab passed a bill making the teaching of the Quran mandatory in schools across the province.

State Rhetoric Increases Challenges Facing Turkish Christians

Perhaps nowhere else in the Middle East is nationalism more enshrined within a culture than in Turkey, a country which labels itself as a modern secular state.

Ignorance as the Best Defense: Why 30 Percent of CPCs Receive Little Attention

There are two regions in the world that account for 60 percent of the US State Department’s Countries of Particular Concern (CPC).

Telskuf’s Christians: Rebuilding through Resilience

In a country filled with numerous competing militias and anonymous terrorists, Iraq’s Christians are forced to navigate life in a world of smoke and mirrors.

Pakistan’s Justice System Fails a Christian Father Seeking Justice for His Daughter

Due to widespread discrimination, Pakistani Christians are both socially and economically deprived.

Surviving a Deadly Al-Shabaab Attack by a Whisker

We heard gunshots from the nearby quarry and started fleeing for our lives; little did we know that another group of three heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters was approaching our quarry from the gate.

Could Church Attacks in Chechnya Be the New Norm?

Chechnya’s capital city Grozny recently experienced an attack that has left the Christian community shaken.

The Slow Exodus from Baghdad To Escape Violence

The threat of violence defines everything in Iraq. Whether it is the defining feature of how one safely lives or how society organizes to achieve change, the possibility of violence is always present.

No Justice for Florence, Case Continues To Go Unheard

My name is Florence Hosea, 15 years of age. I am [the oldest of six siblings]. On the 23rd day of March, 2018, an unimaginable thing happened to me…

A Holistic Look at the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

In recent months, news outlets around the world have extensively covered the Rohingya crisis in Western Myanmar.

Christians Fear Growing Persecution and Intolerance in Nepal

With recent events, including arson, arrests on religiously divisive charges, and staged shootings, religious liberty in Nepal is on the decline with Christians being actively targeted by Hindu radicals

The 20 Egyptian Martyrs: Home at Last

Twenty brown coffins adorned with white flowers slowly descended the ramp of a Libyan plane that had just arrived in Egypt.

Another Church Attack Demonstrates How Religious Freedom is Under Siege in Pakistan

The state of religious freedom in Pakistan remains adverse in spite of provisions written in the Pakistani constitution.

Imprisoned in Iran’s Torture Factory, a Christian’s Health Spirals Downward

Evin Prison is known by many names: the regime’s torture factory, the black hole of evil, Iran’s most notorious jail, to name a few.

Freedom of Worship Continually Denied to Madota’s Christians

Persecution is not an uncommon experience for Christians living in the Bastar District of India’s Chhattisgarh State.

Terrorists Turn Easter Celebration to Easter Tragedy in Pakistan

Easter is meant to be a joyful time when Christians reflect on the salvation gained by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Christian Family in Pakistan Faces Uphill Battle for Justice Following Murder of Relative

One month ago, medical staff and security guards at the Services Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan beat and killed a Christian man named Suneel Saleem.

Hindu Radicals Force Pastor to Flee Village After Series of Attacks

Chensingh Vasunia, a 26-year-old pastor, was forced to flee his village of Kondri, located in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, after a series of devastating attacks by Hindu radicals on his home and church.

A Story of Resilience and Hope: Esther Soldiers On

In July 2015, al-Shabaab militants stormed a residential estate in Mandera, a town in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border, killing 14 Christian quarry workers.

Indian Christians Endure at Least 10 Incidents of Religious Violence over Holy Week

By ICC’s India Representative 04/09/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The observance of Holy Week in India often highlights […]

Three Years after the Garissa University Attack, Trauma Still Lingers

By Nathan Johnson 04/03/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Three years ago, 145 Christian students, two security guards and […]

Al-Arish Families Speak of Marginalization One Year After Displacement

By Claire Evans 03/28/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – February 2017 will forever remain seared into the memories of […]

Wounds of Pakistani Christians Still Fresh Two Years after Easter Bombing

By ICC’s Pakistan Correspondent 03/27/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Christians in Pakistan still mourn the Gulshan Iqbal park […]

Exponential Increase in Attacks Against Christians in Telangana, India

By ICC’s India Correspondent 03/22/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) –  The southern Indian state of Telangana is no exception […]

Algerians Request Renewed Prayer for the Church

By Claire Evans 03/21/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Algerian Christians are no strangers to persecution. Although the constitution […]

A Voice Calls Out from the Hermit of Africa

By Nathan Johnson 03/20/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – A friend of International Christian Concern (ICC), Joseph*, recently traveled […]

“No Light at the End of the Tunnel”: One Pastor’s Escape from Persecution

By Amy Penn 03/15/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – He spends his time checking over two shoulders, one for […]

Iraq’s Tribes and Christians: The Dangerous Solitude of Rights Erased

By Claire Evans 03/14/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Iraq’s Christians have long pointed toward the absence of law […]

Nigeria’s Middle Belt Report: Fulani Militants Continue Attacks into February 2018

By Nathan Johnson 03/07/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Following the brutality of January’s massacres in Benue and Adamawa, […]

Marked for Life: The Long-Term Effects of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

By ICC’s Pakistan Representative 03/03/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – False blasphemy accusations in Pakistan are often used to […]

Religious Discrimination Inside the Egyptian Workplace

By Claire Evans 02/20/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Persecution of Christians in Egypt  continues to escalate, yet we […]

Fulani Militants Burn Down Village, Including Pastor’s Home

By Nathan Johnson 02/15/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “See those ashes, they are my books!” Reverend Biri Gado […]

Christian Persecution Spikes in India’s Karnataka State as Elections Near

By ICC’s India Representative 02/18/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Anti-forced conversion laws are a source of tremendous grief […]

Searching for Hope Among Fields of Ruin

By Claire Evans 02/16/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Recent heavy rains have muddied the churned and lumpy roads […]

Forced Conversion: Pakistan’s Unrecognized Discrimination of Christians

ICC’S Pakistan Representative 02/08/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Harassment and attempts to forcefully convert religious minorities, including Christians, […]

Oppression of Iranian Churches Leads to Arrests—and Forgiveness

By Claire Evans 02/07/2018 Iran (International Christian Concern) – This year marks the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the […]

Nigeria’s Middle Belt Report: Fulani Militants and Boko Haram Wreak Havoc

By Nathan Johnson 02/05/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In light of the ever escalating violence in the Middle […]

Anti-Christian Mob Violence Leaves Christians in Telangana, India Shattered

By ICC’s India Correspondent 02/01/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The persecution of Christians in India continues to escalate […]

2017 Prepares Pakistani Christians for Another Bleak Year of Persecution

By ICC’s Pakistan Correspondent 01/31/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Over the past six months, there have been few […]

Islamic Students Terrorize Town Due to Arrest of Radical Teacher

By Nathan Johnson 01/31/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “Our Catholic church has been here for over 40 years […]