Somali Christians Fleeing Islamic Extremists Lose Family, Fingers

Converts from Islam in Somaliland, Somalia pay price for faith.

Hargeisa, Somaliland, where leaving Islam is illegal. (Morning Star News)

HARGEISA, Somaliland (Morning Star News) – Desperate to avoid arrest in Somaliland for leaving Islam, one Christian fled to Ethiopia, while another in Somalia escaped kidnappers after losing fingers for his faith. Sharif (full name withheld for security reasons) said he had to leave his wife and four children behind in order to sneak out of […]

Stabbed Pastor in Nigeria Goes into Relapse; Plateau State Christians Protest in Abuja

Two more Christians killed in Plateau state.

Jimmy Pam and family. (

ABUJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A pastor stabbed in April by rampaging young Muslims in Kaduna state has suffered a relapse after an initial recovery, while hundreds of Christians from Plateau state this week traveled to the federal capital to protest ongoing violence in their state. The Christians charged into the streets of Abuja two […]

Death Threats, Forced Conversions of Christians Cited in India

Hostilities continue through long, hot summer under new prime minister.

Painting from northern India, cerca 1700, of Hanuman god. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Heightened hostilities against Christians in India that began late last year continued through a hot summer, with Hindu extremists threatening Christians and forcing them to “reconvert” to Hindusim, church leaders said. In Rajasthan in the northwest, 10 Christian families in Nakhnool village, near Alwar, have fled after intolerant Hindus harassed and […]

Christian in Pakistan Killed, Wife Shot by Muslim Relatives, Attorney Says

Elsewhere, three Christians accused of blasphemy for using Urdu word for ‘apostle.’

Nadia Masih, shot by Muslim relatives for leaving Islam and marrying Christian. (The Voice Society)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Islamist groups are threatening the family and attorney of a young Christian man shot dead by Muslim in-laws who also wounded his wife over her decision to marry him and leave Islam, the attorney said. Aleem Masih, 28, married Nadia, 23, last year after she put her faith in Christ. […]

Freed Pastors Arrive Home from Sudan after Ordeal of False Charges, Travel Ban

NISS had prevented them from leaving country.

The Rev. Yat Michael (L) and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith (R) after church service in Hai Jebel in Juba. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Two South Sudanese pastors arrived home in Juba from Khartoum, Sudan today after an eight-month ordeal of imprisonment, fabricated charges of capital crimes and a ban on leaving the country. The Rev. Peter Yein Reith and the Rev. Yat Michael were acquitted of the crimes calling for the death […]

Sudan Bans Freed South Sudanese Pastors from Leaving Country

NISS said to be behind orders preventing them from boarding plane.

The Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Yen Reith during trial. (ACLJ)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Two South Sudanese pastors released on Wednesday (Aug. 5) after about eight months in jail have been banned from leaving the country, according to one of the attorneys who defended them against crimes calling for the death penalty. The Rev. Peter Yein Reith and the Rev. Michael Yat were […]

Attorneys for South Sudanese Pastors Facing Execution Make Final Appeal for Justice

Charges stem from ‘political’ motives, source says.

The Rev. David Yein Reith. (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Attorneys for two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty made their closing arguments on Thursday (July 23) before a judge who appears to favor the prosecution, sources said. Defense lawyers concluded their case at Khartoum Bahri Court with the assertion that agents from the National Intelligence and Security […]

Two Explosive Devices Planted at Church in Jos, Nigeria

Bomb found in restroom tossed over fence before it explodes.

ECWA Gospel 1 Church in Jos, where bombs were planted. (Morning Star News)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A congregation in this central Nigerian city continued worshiping on Sunday (July 12) after a security man found and tossed over a fence a bomb before it exploded, the pastor said. Authorities later discovered a second bomb on the church premises and disposed of it, said the Rev. Ezekiel Omidiji, […]

Hindu Extremists Instigate Tribal People against Christians in Jharkhand, India

Five families and pastor threatened, banished.

RSS drill in Nagpur during a national camp in May 2011. (Ganesh Dhamodkar Wikimedia Commons)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christian families driven from their village in India’s Jharkhand state have returned home with police help, but tribal people instigated by Hindu extremists are still bent on expelling them, sources said. Hindu extremists last month mobilized tribal groups to banish the Christian families from Kullu village in Chanho Block, Ranchi […]

Catholic Educator Flees Pakistan amid ‘Hate Campaign’ by Islamic Extremists

Separately, judge upholds expulsion of Filipino nuns.

Bernadette L. Dean. (

LAHORE, Pakistan, July 6, 2015 (Morning Star News) – In two cases raising the specter of religious profiling, Islamic extremist threats have forced a leading Catholic educator to flee Pakistan, and a judge has upheld the controversial expulsion of three Filipino nuns. Bernadette L. Dean, an educator on Sindh Province’s committee for curriculum and textbook […]