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Saturday November 28, 2015

Two Converts from Islam Slain in Yemen

Both Christians had received threats; one from Muslim family members, the other from Al Qaeda.By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, November 25, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in Yemen, both converts from Islam, have been ambushed and killed because of their faith, according to sources close to the victims.
In a city in southwest Yemen, at least one member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ambushed a Christian man in the city and shot him 15 to 20 times in early September. A second Christian was shot once in his home on Oct. 2, sources said. The second victim may have been killed by a Muslim extremist group or by members of his own family, they said.

Due to security threats in Yemen, a 99.9-percent Sunni Muslim country ruled by sharia (Islamic law) and embroiled in a civil war, the names of the victims and the sources cannot be released.

Both men were openly confessing Christ. A Yemeni friend of the second Christian said the convert was involved in evangelism, though he tried to keep his activities low key.

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Wednesday November 25, 2015

Burma (Myanmar) Military Offensive Displaces Kachin Christians

In spite of elections and reforms, no end in sight for conflict with ethnic minorities.By Our Burma Correspondent
YANGON, Burma, November 22, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Artillery and air strikes by Burma (Myanmar) government forces on rebel bases in Kachin state in the past week displaced hundreds of ethnic Kachin, a predominantly Christian people long targeted in part because they are not Buddhist.
The Rev. Lama Yaw of the Kachin Baptist Convention, who visited areas near Mohnyin where the offensive intensified on Nov. 15, told Morning Star News by phone that 200 civilians took shelter in area churches after attacks by a jet, helicopter gunships and artillery against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Another Christian leader in Mohnyin told The Irrawaddy newspaper that some 300 villagers had fled their homes on Thursday (Nov. 19) and were taking shelter in his church.

Pastor Yaw said area Christians were shaken by the attacks, which continued through the week, as they have long seen civilians and church buildings targeted by government weaponry and soldiers.

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Wednesday November 25, 2015

Armed Muslims Take Wife, Children from Christian in Kenya

Also in coastal region further south, two church buildings gutted.By Our East Africa Correspondent
NAIROBI, Kenya, November 20, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A secret Christian in coastal Kenya escaped Muslim in-laws who last week sought to stab him and took his wife and children, less than two weeks after Islamic extremists further south torched two church buildings, sources said.

Former Muslim Hassan Ali said he narrowly escaped death when Muslim neighbors and in-laws armed with knives and a dagger known as a “Somali sword” on Nov. 11 knocked on his door in Witu, Lamu County at about 8 p.m.

“I thank God that I am alive,” Ali said. “I know they were out to kill me. I am praying that my wife will not lose her faith in Christ.”

He said area Muslims may have come for him after noting his lack of mosque attendance.

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Thursday November 19, 2015

China Detains Christian Attorney, Activist Fighting Harassment of Churches

Officials seek to silence, neutralize advocates for freedom of religion/speech.By the Editor
November 18, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A Christian activist writing against harassment of churches in China’s Zhejiang Province was temporarily detained and threatened this month, and an attorney representing some of the fellowships remains missing.
The detentions are the latest signs of a government crackdown on at least 230 human rights lawyers and activists since July.

China’s National Security Bureau on Nov. 3 raided the home of writer Zan Aizong, who had been blogging on violations of religious freedom and the destruction of crosses on church buildings in Zhejiang Province that officials have undertaken since last year, according to the South China Morning Post. Authorities accused Zan of inciting subversion of national security, and they threatened and intimidated him before he was released.

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