A Christian mother living in Sudan, pregnant with her second child, was sentenced to 100 lashes and death on Mother's Day for adultery and apostasy, a persecution watchdog group revealed.
"We grieve today at the sentencing to death of a mother, pregnant with her second child, for the expression of her faith and legal marriage to a practicing Christian," said International Christian Concern Regional Manager William Stark.
"The handing down of such an extreme punishment under a law inspired by the al-Turabi radicalism of the early al-Bashir regime brings into question the direction Sudan intends to head following South Sudanese succession. Having embraced policies of Islamization and Arabization in the past, ICC fears Meriam could be the first of many more Christians to suffer under an increasingly radicalized Sudanese government intent on enforcing Shari'ah (Islamic) law throughout the land." more >>
As Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Crimea for the first time since it was annexed from Ukraine amid military parades and celebrations, fears are growing that other Ukraine territories might also break away.
"I do believe that the danger of territories breaking away is very real," said Dustin Mullenix, who serves with Christian Missionary Fellowship International in Lviv, Ukraine, in an email to The Christian Post on Friday. "If they hold the referendum on Sunday as planned, and if the vote, whether legitimate or not, is for secession, then I think that it will be very difficult for Kiev to maintain … the breakaway territories."
Mullenix said he was not surprised that Putin showed up in Crimea. He called the visit "unfortunate," though, "as it adds somewhat of an external legitimacy to Russia's annexation of Crimea." more >>
The over 270 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants Boko Haram have likely been raped and face a life of sexual slavery if not rescued, a human rights group in Africa said.
"We can safely assume that the abducted girls have been raped by their captors, if not worse," said Rona Peligal, deputy director for the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, according to FoxNews.com. "If they return home, they could be traumatized and stigmatized if they are known to be raped, pregnant or with child from their abductors. What happens if they're trafficked would likely pale by comparison."
The Nigerian girls, most of them Christians, were taken last from an all-girls school in Chibok, Borno State, last month, after armed Islamic militants stormed in with trucks. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans praised the U.S. government after it announced that it will send forces into Nigeria to help rescue over 270 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. The association has called for more urgent action on the issue.
"We acknowledge that yesterday President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. would be setting up a Coordinated Cell within the American embassy in Nigeria to provide intelligence and investigation assistance," CANAN President Dr. James Fadel said at a press conference on Wednesday. "We have heard as well that the Nigerian government has accepted this offer. We are grateful."
Fadel urged the U.S. to "use every available tool within its arsenal to trace, track and terminate the funding and operations of Boko Haram which has claimed responsibility for this horrendous abduction." more >>
Islamic militants opened fire on a market, killing over 300 in the northeast city of Gamburu in Nigeria this week, a local senator claims. The senator believes the attacks are from the terror group Boko Haram, which recently sparked international outrage when it took responsibility for kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls, threatening to sell them into slavery.
Nigerian Sen. Ahmed Zanna has recalled the devastating attack on Gamboru Ngala that allegedly took place Monday afternoon, when Islamic militants entered the village dressed in military uniforms and wielding rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The attackers first entered the local market where they began opening fire randomly on shoppers. They then moved to other parts of the village, successfully sacking the local police station, where 14 officers were later found dead.
Sen. Zanna told NBC News that he believes the attackers involved in Monday's siege were a part of the Boko Haram terror group, comprised of Islamic militants who have reportedly received training from al-Qaeda. more >>
WASHINGTON – A group of about 150 Christian clergy, leaders, and Congressmen have signed a pledge to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Meant as a stance of solidarity with Christians in Syria, Iraq, and Egypt, the pledge was entered into the congressional record by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.).
"Now facing an existential threat to their presence in the lands where Christianity has its roots, the Churches in the Middle East fear they have been largely ignored by their coreligionists in the West," reads the pledge in part. more >>