The Kenyan government has announced its plan to close its refugee camps, which are home to 600,000 refugees, mostly from conflict-torn Somalia. A U.S.-based Christian group working in Kenya warns that the decision could lead to thousands of deaths "if the world doesn't respond immediately."
"It was with great surprise and concern that we learned of Kenya's decision to close its refugee camps, and in turn, to provide an unsure future to over 600,000 refugees, many of which are from war torn countries, like Somalia," said Vernon Brewer, founding president of the Virginia-based World Help group, said in a statement.
Kenya's Interior Ministry has said the refugees living in camps in Dadaab in the east of the country and Kakuma in the northwest will be repatriated to their countries of origin or to third-party countries for resettlement between November and next May. more >>
Volunteers from around the world are risking imprisonment and persecution by smuggling Bibles into a North African country where the scriptures and Christian study materials are banned.
Nonprofit groups that are wokring tirelessley to fulfill the Great Commission say they're being shielded by a never-ending, 13-year prayer session that calls on God to protect them.
Christian Today reports that the global Christian persecution watchdog ministry Open Doors has helped aid the unending prayer gathering in the North African country, which can't be identified for security reasons. more >>
The Islamic University of Al Azhar, the highest academic center of Sunni Islam, has joined the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Egypt in the fight against the epidemic of female genital mutilation.
Fides News Agency reported that Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb, imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint statement on Monday committing their fight against the many abuses children in Egypt suffer.
Statistics show that more than 70 percent of all Egyptian children suffer some form of abuse or violence within their families and communities, Fides added. more >>
Last week, Starbucks opened its first South Africa branch in Johannesburg with people crowding the place for their first try of the hit brews and a week after the launch day, throngs of people are still patiently waiting in line to get their orders.
According to Reuters, Starbucks founder and chief executive Howard Schultz said, "I've never seen a line like this after a week of our opening." The Johannesburg store opened Thursday last week and it is expected the business will keep running smoothly with the number of people still eager to get their hands on the hit brand.
On Friday, Schultz also declared that the coffee chain is planning to open up to 150 stores all across South Africa. BBC News said that city socialites graced the opening day, giving their approval to the luxury brand that is the first in sub-Saharan Africa. more >>
The sons of a slain Ethiopian woman who was beaten mercilessly by her husband after she converted from Islam to Christianity last year have given their lives to Christ after witnessing their mother's strong faith in Jesus.
According to global Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors USA, a Christian convert named Workitu, a mother in her 50s, was killed by her husband and a neighbor at the end of March in the Addis Ababa after she refused her husband's demands to sell government drought relief aid.
Christians in the Muslim-dominated town told Open Doors that prior to Workitu's fatal beating in March, she had already endured a number of relentless beatings from her husband after she converted to Christianity last August. more >>
A footage has been revealed by CNN showing some of the girls who were kidnapped two years ago in West Africa by the Boko Haram as parents of the abducted continue to push the government for answers.
15 girls were shown in the video wearing black robes. Rifkatu Ayuba recognized her daughter in the clip and shed tears as she looked at her daughter, now 17-year-old Saratu, staring blankly at the camera.
"If I could, I would have removed her from the screen," Ayuba said of her daughter. Saratu is just one of the 276 girls kidnapped by the Islamist group on April 14, 2014 in the Nigerian town of Chibok. more >>