Jul 18 2018

Ingo Breuer

Gunmen Storm Church in Pakistan to Settle Property Dispute

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Christian Leaders Fear Church Attacks Becoming Common Trend

07/18/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) www.persecution.org– International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a group of armed Muslims attacked a Catholic church on July 13 in Chak 165-GB at Harssa Kot, in Samundari in the district of Faisalabad, approximately 75 miles from Lahore. While local police have arrested the assailants, local Christians fear that widespread discrimination against their community will prevent justice from being done in this case.

A local Christian resident, who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, told ICC that five people belonging to a single Muslim family, including Muhammad Jawad, Muhammad Changaiz, Nasreen Bibi, and others, attacked the Christians of Chak 165-GB when they were gathered for worship in the small church. The attackers stormed the church, carrying guns and kerosene oil, and attempted to set the church on fire.

“A group of armed Muslims abused Christianity and desecrated the church stuff,” the local Christian said. “Around 50 men and women were praying in the church when the group of Muslims did aerial shots, attacked the church, beat men and women, damaged windows, altar, pulpit, chairs, and desecrated Christian literature.”

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Jul 17 2018

Ingo Breuer

Consequences of Southern Protests Felt Across Iraq’s Nineveh Plains

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Christians Forced to Contribute to the Needs of Iraq’s Richest Province Due to Protesters’ Demands

07/16/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) www.persecution.org – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Nineveh Plains, the traditional homeland of Iraq’s Christians, is experiencing increased infrastructure challenges because of governance disputes and violent protests in the country’s southern region. Most of the Nineveh Plains’ existing infrastructure was destroyed by ISIS.

On July 12, an armed force entered a church in Bartella and destroyed their internet devices. It is believed that the armed force belongs to Hashd al-Shaabi, an Iranian-backed militia that controls a significant part of the Nineveh Plains. “This began as a problem of internet providers,” explained a local Christian source. “The central government is trying to provide internet; however, because the internet towers in Bartella and Qaraqosh take their providers from the KRG, an armed force from that ministry attacked all the towers there.”

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Jul 17 2018

Ingo Breuer

Third Attack Against Egyptian Church Worries Local Christians

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Islamic Hardliners Violently Attempt to Prevent Legalization of Church in Upper Egypt

07/17/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) www.persecution.org – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 13, 2018, a mob of Islamic extremists formed in Sultan village, outside of St. Karas Church. Islamic hardliners were responding to reports that the church was seeking legalization. This was the third time in recent weeks that a mob has formed against Sultan’s Christian community.

Sami, one of the local villagers, explained, “Two and a half years ago, a church was built on a 100-meter area. From then on, religious ceremonies and decrees were held [there], but two months later, the church erected another building in a 200-meter area. It has four floors for services and rituals.”

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Jul 17 2018

Ingo Breuer

Indian Christians Suffer Fifteen Attacks in Fourteen Days

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New Wave of Persecution Has Leaders Concerned for Future of India

07/16/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) www.persecution.org – International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented at least 15 separate anti-Christian incidents across India in the past 14 days. These incidents include physical assaults, a church demolition, forced conversions, false accusations of forced conversions, and social boycotts.

On July 2, 35 Hindu radicals attacked 150 Christians who were gathered for prayer in a meeting hall in Raikashipur village located in the Pratapgarh District of India’s Uttar Pradesh State. More than 20 Christians were injured in the assault, including several suffering broken limbs.

On July 6, six Christians were forcefully converted to Hinduism in the Kunti District of India’s Jharkhand State. On the same day, six Christian families from a village near Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, were given an ultimatum to recant their Christian faith by July 15 or face “severe consequences.”

On July 7, 25 Christians in the Dumka District of Jharkhand State were arrested after local villagers falsely accused them of attempting forced conversions. Sixteen Christian have been formally charged and sent to jail. The Christians were accused after participating in a public preaching event held in Phulpahari village.

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