Three aid workers were among the 22 killed in a brutal attack in the Central African Republic on Saturday, allegedly carried out by Seleka rebels, the same militia faction that overthrew the country's government last year.
The attack happened Saturday when Seleka rebels entered the town of Nanga Boguila, located about 280 miles north of the country's capital of Bangui. Rebel forces reportedly entered the town and proceeded to attack a local medical clinic, where a meeting was being held among 40 community leaders and members of the international humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) to discuss local health care.
The rebels were attempting to rob the medical clinic and some fighters began to fire heavily into the crowd of community leaders and MSF aid workers. According to Reuters, 15 local chiefs and three doctors working with MSF were killed in the attack. more >>
I am the son of Holocaust survivors. Most of my family perished in the Holocaust, either in the crematorium or they were shot dead on the street. Like many children of Holocaust survivors I never had grandparents. I became a rabbi as a concept of never again. I vowed that I'd do everything in my power to stop evil and to make certain that people that are like the Nazis, demons that they are, would never succeed.
When I viewed the film, "That Jew Died For You," I recognized it as a movie of compassion. I am not a stranger to this subject having just authored a new book The Holocaust as Seen Through Film, one of the many books that I have written with a Holocaust theme.
I do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but I do believe he was a Jew. I am completely non-judgmental with regards to anyone's religious observances. I don't judge anybody because I did not go into the clergy for religious sake. I went into clergy for humanity's sake. There are not too many Holocaust survivors' kids around that think the way I do. more >>
Three American hospital workers for a Christian charity, among them a father and a son, were shot dead by an Afghan security guard on Thursday in Kabul. The suspected killer shot himself but survived and is currently in custody, officials said.
CURE International and the U.S. embassy confirmed the deaths.
"We are grieved to confirm, as has already widely been reported, the CURE Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, was the site of a shooting this morning. Three individuals, including a doctor who served at the hospital, were killed, and two others were injured," the Christian nonprofit said in a statement. more >>
A Syrian Christian mother said the country's civil war is continuing in full force, with street bombings and deaths an everyday occurrence. The mother said she is praying to God constantly, but is getting "tired of praying" and "tired of crying" in the midst of the hopelessness of the situation.
"Sometimes it seems like there is no end to all this misery. I know God is in control, but sometimes I feel so hopeless. I regularly fall on my knees and cry out to Him about why all of this is happening," the mother, identified by persecution watchdog Open Doors USA as Hanna, said.
Open Doors USA, which is providing help to Syrian refugees, noted that at least 120,000 people have lost their lives in the past three years in the war between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces determined to take down his government. more >>
Palestinian Christians are complaining that Israeli authorities have intentionally excluded them from Holy Week celebrations in East Jerusalem by limiting entry permits to the week's festivities.
According to a report from Radio Bethlehem, the government requires special entry permits for Palestinians hoping to join Palm Sunday celebrations, but arbitrarily distributes them. Consequently "in many cases, when families apply to get permits through their churches, Israel deliberately grants some family members permits and denies permits to others, and therefore, the whole family won't be able to attend."
Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped nearly 200 girls from a boarding school in northeastern Nigeria.
"They took away my daughter," said one woman from Chibok, who asked for anonymity due to the uncertain fate of the children, according to AFP.
"I don't know what to do," the mother added. "They should not allow our daughters' dreams to be shattered by these murderers." more >>