Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse and other humanitarian organizations have sent emergency medical teams to West Africa to deal with a major outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has claimed 390 lives so far, making it the deadliest in recorded history.
"This is one of the most deadly diseases in the world, and it must be contained as quickly as possible," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "We're sending a team of highly skilled doctors and nurses, and we want to do all we can to help bring this outbreak under control."
The World Health Organization has said that at least 600 cases and 390 deaths have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, since the outbreak started in March. Up until now, no single outbreak had claimed more than 300 lives. more >>
Following accusations that she forged her travel documents as her family attempted to leave Sudan, Meriam Ibrahim has been freed.
According to The Associated Press, Eman Abdul-Rahman, Ibrahim's lawyer, confirmed on Thursday that she had been released from a police station after foreign diplomats lobbied to free her.
Ibrahim was released from prison on Monday, where she had been sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for her Christian faith. Her case has provoked international outrage. more >>
Christian mother turned global persecution icon Meriam Ibrahim could possibly spend another five years in prison after escaping death row Monday, if Sudanese officials convict her of forging the South Sudanese travel documents she tried leaving that country with on Tuesday.
The mother of two whose death sentence for renouncing Islam for Christianity was lifted Monday, was arrested and charged with fraud at a Khartoum airport Tuesday as she hurriedly tried to leave Sudan for the U.S. with her American-South Sudanese husband Daniel Wani using a South Sudanese passport issued by the embassy of South Sudan.
Sudanese officials have argued, however, that Meriam is flouting their laws as her marriage to Daniel Wani, a Christian, isn't recognized as a valid marriage under Sudan's Islamic laws where most of the people are Sunni Muslims, according to The Guardian. more >>
A Nigerian man who came out as an atheist to his ultra-conservative Muslim family claims he was badly beaten, then committed to a psychiatric ward and placed on medication for his loss of faith, according to his lawyer.
A report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union said the man, Mubarak Bala, is being held against his will and has been on medication since June 13, at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital's psychiatric ward in Kano state, Nigeria.
The report said he contacted human rights activists through a secret smartphone, explaining that he was detained at the hospital for having a "personality change" which renounced Islam and adopted atheism. more >>
Ongoing fighting in the city of Bambari, Central African Republic over the past few days has resulted in 50 casualties, mainly among Christian and Muslim militia members.
The recent death toll began to escalate Monday, when a mainly-Christian militia group attacked Bambari, located about 236 miles northwest of the CAR capital of Bangui. According to the Associated Press, 18 members of the predominately Muslim village were killed in the attack. Subsequent backlash from Muslim youth in the town have contributed to the growing death toll count of 50.
Ibrahim Alawad witnessed Monday's gruesome attack by the Christian militia, also known as the "anti-Balaka." He described that violence and the reprisals that took place afterward. "Some had been cut to pieces, some had their hearts cut out. I saw about five children and six women." more >>
Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim, who was recently released from death row for being a Christian, was banned from leaving Sudan Tuesday after she was charged with fraud for trying to leave the country with documents bearing her Christian name and not the Muslim name she was assigned at birth.
According to a MailOnline report, just hours after Ibrahim was relieved of the death sentence hanging over her head, she tried leaving the country Tuesday but was arrested and charged with falsifying travel documents.
"It is understood that the authorities told her she should have used the Muslim name she had when she was born, not the Christian name she uses after choosing to worship that faith," noted MailOnline. more >>