As the Syrian civil war and the forces of President Bashar Al-Assad continue to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrian mothers and fathers, charities and orphanages in Turkey are doing the best they can to provide children whose parents have been killed with new lives and listening ears for the horror stories those children have to tell.
As a telling example of the brutality displayed by government soldiers during the country's four-year civil conflict, the director of one Turkish charity explained in an interview with the Daily Mail that his organization is providing housing to one family of children whom Syrian government soldiers forced to witness their own father being doused in gasoline and burned alive.
Abdul Al Kader is the director of the Khatayn charity in the Turkish town of Reyhanli, an organization that looks after 70 Syrian children in Reyhanli, rents homes for family groups, and gives $50 a week to the guardians of 30,000 orphans inside Syria. more >>
Imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini has finally been allowed a visit by a family member in Iran after two months. His wife, Naghmeh Abedini, who was told about the visit, said that having to watch his two young children grow up only through photos is taking its toll on the pastor after nearly three years in prison.
In an update provided by the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing Naghmeh, the imprisoned American's wife noted that the visit was "bittersweet," with Abedini being denied the opportunity to attend his grandmother's funeral, who died in the last few weeks.
What is more, Abedini also missed out on his daughter Rebekka's ninth birthday, and has come to realize how much of his children's growing up he has been away from. more >>
The Center for Medical Progress released its 10th undercover Planned Parenthood video Tuesday morning, which purports to show high-level officials discussing how the absensce of national PPFA guidelines for organ and tissue compensation allows affiliates to profit off the sell of babies' body parts, and keeps them from being "bullied by ridiculous laws."
As it's a federal crime for any person to profit off of the sale of aborted babies' tissue going to research, the latest video in the CMP investigative series features Planned Parenthood's national director of its Consortium of Abortion Providers, Deb Vanderhei, explaining that some "independent colleagues" do "generate a fair amount of income" from the compensation for aborted babies.
While independent colleagues could refer to unaffiliated abortion providers, Vanderhei explains Planned Parenthood's own national guidelines on tissue procurement. She says that the nation's largest abortion business intentionally lacks national compensation guidelines in order to let affiliate clinics decide whether their tissue donation policy will be "mission-based" or if they "want to engage in remuneration." more >>
Anglican leader Justin Welby, as well as Christian persecution watchdog groups, have warned that U.K. government policies on granting asylum are discriminating against Christians who are avoiding entering formal refugee camps populated by Sunni Muslims amid fears of attacks by Islamic radicals.
"As countries like the U.K. debate how to deal with the refugee crisis, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said that their policy will discriminate against Christians. The policy takes those who are in camps, but many Christians fearing discriminant, violence, and intimidation have not been willing to enter formal camps that are largely populated by Sunni Muslims," International Christian Concern said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
The statement reflects concerns raised by Welby, who according to The Telegraph, warned British Prime Minister David Cameron last week that the refugee policy is discriminating against Christians. more >>
As the United States prepares to grant thousands of Syrian refugees asylum in the next fiscal year, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson warned over the weekend that the United States shouldn't allow any refugees into the country until a stricter refugee screening process has been implemented.
While appearing on ABC's "This Week," Carson was asked to explain how he would handle the current Syrian refugee situation, which the U.S. government announced last week that it will prepare take in up to 10,000 Syrian asylum seekers in the fiscal year 2016.
The retired neurosurgeon explained that the United States should create more thorough screening procedures to ensure that asylum seekers being let into the country don't turn out to be radical extremists like the the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who immigrated to the United States as refugees from Kyrgyzstan and then carried out the 2013 bombing that killed six and injured 280. more >>
A conference of human rights activists who focus on Christian persecution in the Middle East has called upon Congress to pass a resolution declaring recent actions committed by the Islamic State "genocide."
As part of the annual conference, members of the group In Defense of Christians lobbied elected officials on Capitol Hill to pass Concurrent Resolution 75, which was introduced last week.
Sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, H. Con. Res. 75 calls upon Congress to label recent acts of intolerance against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as "crimes against humanity" and "genocide." more >>