A rape victim from the Central African Republic (CAR) has shared her testimony and revealed that only praying to God at night helps her get back to sleep from the persisting nightmares she is experiencing.
"I cannot stop thinking about what happened. I have many nightmares. My grandparents and my foster parents tell me not to think about it anymore and to pray. God was there when it happened. He knew and He saw it. What can I do? God saw. God knows. I leave it to Him," the woman, identified as Suzanne, shared in a statement with persecution watchdog group Open Doors.
"Each time I have a nightmare, I get up and pray. After that, I am able to sleep again. I ask God to prevent others to live through the same things I have lived through. I also pray to God to touch the hearts of the people who are able to help us stop this violence and bring back peace to our country. I ask Him to forgive my aggressors for what they did to me." more >>
A Nigerian bishop addressed rumors that terrorist group Boko Haram has been kidnapping Christian women and forcing them to convert to Islam.
"That there are kidnappings is a fact, but I am not aware that there is a systematic campaign to kidnap Christian women in order to convert them to force them to marry Boko Haram members. This does not mean that there are rapes of war. These things happen unfortunately in conflict zones," Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja, told Fides Agency.
"I am sorry to say but there are people who spread rumors which are not controlled in order to accentuate the sense of persecution of Christians living in areas most at risk in Nigeria. I do not think this helps us. It is always better to tell the truth." more >>
Dr. Abdel Halim Kandil, a prominent Egyptian journalist, expressed his rejection of a quota system for Copts and other religious minorities to ensure their representation in parliament that is being considered in the new draft of the country's constitution.
Kandil insited that they should be treated as Egyptian citizens with full rights with the understanding that Copts in the country have been suffering for centuries.
"Copts have been suffering from religious discrimination since Ottoman rule in Egypt," Kandil told Mideast Christian News. "The displacement of Copts is a major crime," he added. more >>
A testimony from a 19-year-old Nigerian girl proves the terrorist group Boko Haram is kidnapping Christian women to use as slave brides, forcing them to "convert to Islam or die."
Hajja, a 19-year-old from a village in the Gwoza hills of remote northeastern Nigeria, recently shared her account of three months captivity under the rule of a local 14-man Boko Haram tribe that traveled the hillsides of northern Nigeria and forced her to cook and clean for them. Hajja had been kidnapped by members of Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization, while she picked corn near her home in July. She now tells Reuters that although she was never raped, she was treated terribly and ultimately forced to "convert to Islam or die."
"If I cried, they beat me. If I spoke, they beat me. They told me I must become a Muslim but I refused again and again," Hajja told Reuters in a recent interview. "They were about to slaughter me and one of them begged me not to resist and just before I had my throat slit I relented. They put a veil on me and made me read from the Koran." more >>
Radical Islamic group Boko Haram confirmed the abduction of a French priest by gunmen in northern Cameroon on Wednesday with sources revealing he was transferred to neighboring Nigeria.
The French Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday that Father Georges Vandenbeusch, parish priest of Nguetchewe, was kidnapped near the city of Cosa in northern Cameroon.
The ministry added it had formally advised to refrain from visiting the area because of the "terrorist threat and the risk of kidnapping." more >>
The Egyptian Coalition for Minorities (ECM) has called on the Egyptian state to ensure the freedom for all Egyptians to practice their religion and beliefs.
The coalition expressed its "deep dissatisfaction" with the government's decision to close the Hussein Mosque today on the commemoration of the death of Imam Hussein bin Ali, one of the four grand imams of Shiite Muslim community in order to prevent Shiite rituals in celebration of Ashura in a statement issued today.
ECM said this is a "clear violation" of the right to religious worship, and an actual application of Article 219 on the interpretation of Islamic Sharia in the disabled Constitution of 2012. Adding that such action shed light on the extent of the influence of the Wahhabi current on official decisions issued by the government. more >>