- 11th July, 2014722NEW
Persecution of Christians for their religious beliefs is on the rise around the world - a fact documented in the newly-published Church in Chains Global Guide. 60 countries are listed in this second edition of the Global Guide, compared with 52 in the first edition (published in 2008).
Seven of the countries listed in the Global Guide for the first time are from Sub-Saharan Africa, where persecution is mainly caused by armed Islamic terrorist groups.
- 6th June, 2014718NIGERIA:
The families of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists over seven weeks ago continue to wait for definite information as to their whereabouts and the progress of efforts to rescue them.
- 22nd July, 2014726CHINA:
The daughter, son-in-law and baby granddaughter of detained pastor Zhang Shaojie have escaped from China. They arrived in Midland, Texas on 15 July, where they were photographed with China Aid president Bob Fu and his wife Heidi.
- 21st July, 2014725IRAQ:
For the past few days, the remaining Christians in Mosul, Iraq's second city, have been fleeing, following an ultimatum from the Islamic State that they convert to Islam, pay a special religious tax or face death.
- 11th July, 2014723SUDAN:
Meriam Ibrahim, her husband and two small children remain in the US embassy in Khartoum as they wait to be allowed to leave the country. The family is sleeping on camp beds which have been erected in the library of the small building and a member of the embassy staff has been designated to care for them.
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