At least 15 Muslims were arrested in the Egyptian village of Abu Yacoub on Saturday for setting fire to Coptic Christians' homes and a nursery, allegedly because they feared they would be used as churches.
The persecution of Christians has been on the rise in Egypt this past year, with similar attacks being reported in other villages. The state-owned Ahram Online reported that five buildings, along with a nursery, were attacked and burned down Friday night by the Muslim mob that wrongly believed the homes and nursery would be used as Christian houses of worship.
The Ministry of Endowments has reportedly sent representatives to Minya to talk to local villagers in response to the arson attack, and encourage them to avoid violence and instead choose "love and cooperation." more >>
Although a ceasefire has been declared in South Sudan following days of devastating fighting, a humanitarian emergency has gripped the nation with untold numbers massacred, and thousands more seeking refuge inside churches.
"It was a massacre although the number of victims is still unknown," church sources in the area told Fides News Agency. "The humanitarian issue is the most urgent, starting from the lack of drinking water. Thousands of people have taken refuge in churches and much is being done to offer them assistance, despite a thousand difficulties. The International Red Cross has managed to send their teams in the two main hospitals."
President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar declared a ceasefire in Juba on Tuesday, The Guardian reported, following five days of heavy fighting marking the five year anniversary of the formation of the world's youngest nation. more >>
A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.
According to local reports, 41-year-old Eunice Olawale, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria and an evangelist, was murdered in the early morning hours on Saturday while she was out evangelizing near Nigeria's capital of Abuja.
Olawale's husband, Olawale Elisha, told local media that his wife had left their home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning to preach in the neighborhood but she never returned home. more >>
Africa is a continent of wonder. But with the question of safety, it is easy for people to set aside the beauty of visiting the lands. Contrary to belief, Africa is not entirely dangerous, it just depends on which part you decide to go to. There are places that are categorized as unlikely to receive people well but there are also places that are viewed as safe for everyone to discover.
Taking that into consideration, AnswersAfrica has listed down 10 of the safest places to visit in Africa. We'll be listing down 5 of those which are deemed safe for tourists, travelers and the locals alike.Botswana – Based on AnswersAfrica, Botswana is definitely one of the safest in the continent and is viewed as such by the public. It is known for the kindness of the locals and also for its stable growth and development which is seen in the country's governance and infrastructures. Just a few of the many places to visit here are Okavango Delta, which is one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, Gaborone, a center for nightlife, shopping, golf and gambling, and Maun, which is a site for campers. Namibia – Namibia was a country that's deemed dangerous before but was transformed into 'a haven of peace', according to AnswersAfrica, all thanks to the proper governance of the people in authority. Namibia is a neighboring country of Botswana. Places to visit here are Etosha National Park, Windhoek and many more. Seychelles – What makes this country special is their great government-people relationship. This has kept the peace in the land for a long time. This mark of great governance can be seen in the way people perceive the country, as it is not often to be related to bad news or stories. Seychelles' beaches like Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue are sure to captivate your heart with its beauty. Cote D'Ivoire – Despite being surrounded by countries clouded by conflict, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is known as one of the safest countries in the continent, beside being known as the largest cocoa beans producer in the world. The growth of the arts in Abidjan, and other destinations such as Yamoussoukro, and Tai National Park will convince you of the good experience you will get once you visit this country. Tanzania – The personal belief of the locals here is what makes this country safe and harmless. Based on AnswerAfrica, the "Ujamaa" mentality, which means "Communism" has kept the safety of the lands. This mentality of helping one another and caring for one's neighbor is the best factor that will convince you to feel safe in this country. The ever popular Serenggeti National Park is found in Tanzania, along with other spots like Unguja beaches, and Lake Manyara National Park.
Taking precaution in traveling is a given, regardless of the place you're about to visit. Africa has so much more to offer, and given the right knowledge of the continent, we will find that wandering through it will be a fun and educational experience. more >>
A mob of 300 Muslims has torched at least four Coptic Christian houses in the Kom El Loofy village in Samalout, Upper Egypt, because the Christians wanted to build a church on their land.
"The torching of Coptic homes in Kom El Loofy underscores once more the urgent need for Egypt's House of Representatives to enact a law regulating the construction and renovation of houses of worship in a manner that guarantees the right of Christians to worship in community with others," said Christian Solidarity Worldwide Senior Press Officer Kiri Kankhwende.
"We echo the Bishophric of Samaloot in condemning the imposition of reconciliation meetings as a replacement for the rule of law because they impose ad-hoc, unjust and often un-constitutional conditions on the victims of sectarian violence and perpetuate impunity for the perpetrators. Rule of law must be upheld, and must include security services nationwide serving every community without discrimination on the grounds of religion." more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee and his family have continued their recent global ministry tour by visiting for the first time Johannesburg in South Africa, with Kong stating the impressive revival in the country has "exploded" something inside them.
"Sun Ho (Official), Dayan and I have been so blown away during this first-ever ministry trip of ours to Soweto, a township of the city of Johannesburg in South Africa, which borders the city's mining belt in the south. We have spent the past days with Bishop Mosa Sono and his really amazing congregation at Grace Bible Church Soweto," Kong wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"What Sun has said in this video perfectly describes all we have felt so far --- we have EXPLODED inside us ... the revival that is happening here in South Africa is real and they are truly winning the lost," he added, noting that he sees a "openness and spiritual hunger for Jesus and His Word" in the country. more >>