Here are a handful of news-bites from around the world included in the March issue of EN. May these encourage us as well as spur us on to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world facing severe persecution.
China: persecution up
ChinaAid, a Texas-based Christian nonprofit organisation that monitors religious freedom in China, said in its 2012 annual report in early February that the Chinese government continues its increase of persecution against Christians for the seventh consecutive year. The report examined 132 persecution cases involving 4,919 people and found that persecution incidences rose 41.9% from 2011. Additionally, the number of people sentenced in cases relating to religious persecution jumped 125% from 2011.
Cuba: at last!
Former prisoner of conscience, Pastor Omar Gude Perez, his wife Kenia Denis and their two children arrived in the US as refugees on January 31. They were finally granted permission by Cuban emigration authorities to leave the island, following an 18-month wait for the appropriate paperwork.
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Iraq: two killed
On January 8, a car bomb killed Ayyoub Fauzi Auyyoub Al Sheikh, a Christian medical student, near the university in Mosul, while the explosion also injured dozens of others. In another incident, the body of Shdha Elias, a 54-year-old Christian teacher, was found on January 7 in an area of Mosul where attacks on Christians had taken place in the past.
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