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February 27, 2017 Featured – 27/2/17 Bartu Urawn lived in the tribal Indian village of Kubuaa where the people worship according to the native religion of Sarna Dharam. Thus, when Urawn and his family converted to Christianity ten years ago, they became targets of hate and oppression. Urawn died last month after he and his wife were forced […]

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Iraq’s Remaining Christians Promise to Stay and Rebuild

August 8, 2016 Featured News

By Hannah Tooley – AINA- 8/8/16 Christians still in Iraq are pledging to stay in the country and help rebuild it after Islamic State (IS) is defeated. They have spoken out two years after thousands of believers were forced to flee their homes in the Nineveh plains by IS. A new report found most of […]

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Egyptian Christians Face Harassment, Violence in Attempting to Rebuild Church

March 15, 2015 Featured News

Open Doors – 15/3/15 Coptic Orthodox Christians in the small village of Samalout, 137 miles south of Cairo, unexpectedly received permission from local authorities to rebuild their destroyed church building. Permits to build or rebuild local village churches in Egypt are rarely granted and usually bring strong Muslim opposition. However, when the construction work started […]

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Persecution Crisis: Christians in the West Need to Intervene Now

July 4, 2014 Featured News

4/7/14 In less than two weeks Iraq went from a semi-functioning democracy to a land divided into regional factions ruled in many areas by the extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is imposing Sharia law after driving Christians out of Mosul and other cities in Iraq. Syria lies in tatters as […]

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HELP Pregnant Sudanese Christian Woman Sentenced To Death – Open Doors USA

May 23, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Meriam Yahia Ibrahim is a 27-year-old Sudanese doctor due to have her second baby next month. She has been condemned to death by hanging, after refusing to renounce her Christian faith, despite pressure on her to do so, even in court. Would you join with us in helping to keep this brave Christian woman […]

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Persecution of Christians to hit record high in 2014, group claims

January 29, 2014 Featured News

29/1/14 OTTAWA – This  year could bring record levels of religious persecution around the world, say international experts – especially for Christians. “I think in 2014, unless there’s a drastic change in the current trend, we’re going to continue to see things get worse,” said Isaac Six, advocacy officer for International Christian Concern, a Washington D.C.-based, non-denominational watchdog […]

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The Existential Elephant in the ‘Christian Persecution’ Room

January 18, 2014 Featured News

  Raymond Ibrahim – 17/1/14 CBN News Open Doors USA recently released its widely cited 2014 World Watch List—a report that highlights and ranks the 50 worst nations around the globe persecuting Christians. The one glaring fact that emerges from this report is that the overwhelming majority of Christian persecution around the world today is being committed at […]

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Eritreas Human Right Abuses Condemned

November 10, 2013 News

By Press Release Opendoors, Open Doors – November 2013 Last week we reported the death of Wehazit Berhane Debesai who succumbed to pneumonia in an Eritrean prison. Wehazit, an Eritrean Christian, was denied medical attention because she refused to renounce her Christian beliefs. In a separate event around the time of her death, approximately 70 […]

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Eritrea Punishes High School Students for ‘Commitment to Christ’

August 12, 2013 Featured News

12/8/13 Eritrean authorities have arrested 39 high school students for their Christian faith, excluding them from a graduation ceremony and subjecting them to beatings and hard labor. According to Christian support organization Open Doors, the students, including 11 girls, have been arrested for their “Christian beliefs and for their commitment to Christ” after completing a […]

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Archbishop decries persecution of Syrian Christians

July 11, 2013 Featured News

Susie Turner – 11/7/13 “It’s absolutely clear that Christians in Syria are being persecuted,” the Archbishop of Canterbury said this week. The Most Reverend Justin Welby was speaking at a fringe event hosted by Open Doors at the Church of England’s General Synod in York. Open Doors is running a ‘Save Syria’ campaign encouraging Christians […]

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In Eritrea, ‘Persecution greater than ever and getting worse’

June 7, 2013 Featured News

June 2013 ALSO READ:The Detained Patriarch, Persecuted Christians and a Dying Church Religious persecution in Eritrea is at its “highest level ever and getting worse”, an Eritrean Christian leader, who cannot be named for security reasons, has told the Christian charity Open Doors International. Thirty-seven Christian students from the College of Arts and Social Sciences […]

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Open Doors Impacting Dislocated Syrian Christians

March 23, 2013 News

23/3/13 Emily Fuentes, Communications & Public Relations Coordinator, Open Doors USA, 949-413-6721,  SANTA ANA, Calif., March 21, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — In the midst of the horrible Syrian civil war, Open Doors and its church partners are putting warm clothes on needy children. For three long months this winter, children of a church in Aleppo have had […]

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Syria At Threshold Of Religious War

January 12, 2013 Featured News

By Konstantin Garibov and Alexey Lyakhov – 12/1/13 A report recently published by international Christian human rights organization “Open Doors” says that at present, Syria is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians to live in. The report says that many Christians in Syria have become victims of violence and that […]

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Syrian Christians Fear for Their Future if Extremists Take Control

July 23, 2012 Featured News

23/7/2012 Jerry Dykstra, Open Doors USA, SANTA ANA, Calif., July 23, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — With Syrian President Bashar al-Assad possibly losing his grip on power and rebels making major inroads, a possible end to the bloody civil war may be in sight. The United Nations estimates more than 10,000 have been killed in […]

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Open Doors explosive church growth in Iran

March 16, 2012 News

16/3/2012 Iran (MNN) ― Middle East Open Doors staff members recently reported that church growth is “explosive’ in Iran; they even speak of a revival. Iran is the fifth country in the world on Open Doors’ World Watch List for the persecution of believers. The president and the supreme leader of the country openly speak […]

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Syria: Christians Afraid To Go Out At Night, Ask For Prayer

February 25, 2012 News

Eurasia Review 25/2/2012 In the wake of a year of protests and violence, the volatile situation in Syria has brought great suffering to the entire population. Syrian Christians say their greatest need right now is prayer, according to Open Doors, an international ministry supporting persecuted Christians and religious freedom around the world. The danger has […]

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Inside Embattled Syria: More Hostility Towards Christians

December 6, 2011 News

6/12/2011 Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 6, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — While much of the world’s attention is focused on the Egyptian elections and American troops withdrawing from Iraq, the situation inside Syria is getting worse, especially for Christians. There is unrest and chaos in Syria for various […]

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Vanishing Christianity

November 17, 2011 Featured News

Milena Faustova 17/11/2011 Christians are one of the most persecuted groups in the world, a recent study by the human rights watchdog Open Doors said. Over hundred millions believers are reportedly suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. A fresh annual Open Doors report is titled “2011 Martyrs, a Book on Christians’ Persecution”. The most […]

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Eritrea: 3 More Christians Die Inside Military Prisons; Toll Now at 21

October 27, 2011 News

26/10/2011 Three more Christians imprisoned for practicing their faith have died while inside military prison camps in western Eritrea, said officials from an international persecution watchdog group. The number of believers in Christ now dying in the country while serving time in prison for their belief totals 21, said officials at Open Doors USA. Terhase […]

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Christian Deaths Climb in Eritrean Prisons

August 11, 2011 Featured News

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent 10/8/2011 ASMARA, ERITREA (Worthy News)– Three Christians imprisoned for the testimony of Christ have died during the past months in Eritrea, including a 42-year-old man in solitary confinement Friday, according to a Christian support organization. Sources told Open Doors that Mehari Gebreneguse Asgedom died at the Mitire Military Confinement […]

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