Muslims in Zanzibar, Tanzania Jail Pastor in Child Abuse Allegation Scheme, Group Says

Church leader could face 30 years in prison.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Muslims in Zanzibar have re-opened a child abuse case dismissed more than two years ago as a pretext for jailing a pastor on the semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania, church leaders said. Police in November 2014 had closed the case against pastor Yohana Madai of the Free Pentecostal […]

Burning of Pastor’s House in Zanzibar, Tanzania Leaves Family of 11 Homeless

Muslim extremists suspected in attack on church leader’s home.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A pastor, his wife and their nine children have been sleeping on the floor of their small church building on the island of Zanzibar since Muslim extremists set their house on fire in August. Pastor Damson Maonesho has seen his 9-month-old baby contract pneumonia since his family had to […]

Three Church Buildings Torched in Tanzania

Frightened congregations without places to worship.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Three church buildings were set ablaze on Tuesday (Sept. 22) in an area of northwestern Tanzania where Muslim extremists have issued threats, pastors said. A pastor of one of the three churches whose buildings were gutted, Vedasto Athanas of Living Water International church, said area Christians are worried and frightened […]

Muslims in Zanzibar Take Worship Hall, Bleed Another Church with Court Costs

Pastor forced to change homes four times in two years.

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Muslims on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania have driven a pastor and father of five into hiding and taken over his church’s rented worship hall, he said. “I have changed my place of residence four times since 2012” due to threats from area Muslims, […]

Churches Targeted in Bomb Attacks in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Separatist Islamic extremists suspected.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Suspected Islamic extremists bombed three church buildings on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar in February, with one of the blasts injuring several Christians, sources said. A bomb exploded near the door of the Evangelistic Assemblies of God Zanzibar (EAGZ) church building on Feb. 23 in Kijito Upele-Fuoni, outside Zanzibar City, […]

Suspected Muslim Extremists Throw Acid on Priest in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Assailants claim 'Zanzibar is only for Muslims,' café worker says.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Asserting that Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island is not a place for Christians, suspected Muslim extremists threw acid on a 60-year-old Catholic priest on Friday  (Sept. 13), sources said. The Rev. Joseph Anselmo Mwangamba stepped outside an Internet café on the outskirts of Zanzibar City, capital of the semi-autonomous island in the […]

Anti-Christian Hostility High in Zanzibar as Tanzania Mainland also Heats Up

Demolitions, land grabs continue unabated on semi-autonomous island.

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist attacks and land grabs on this semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania have continued unabated even as violence has increased on the mainland. The May 5 bombing of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Arusha killed a 45-year-old woman, a 16-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl. Of […]

Explosion Kills, Injures Worshipers at Inaugural Mass in Tanzania

At least two dead, dozens wounded in blast.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Fear and grief rocked a predominantly Christian area of northern Tanzania yesterday after an unidentified man reportedly hurled an explosive device at the inaugural Mass of a new church building, killing two worshipers. The Vatican ambassador to Tanzania, Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, was in attendance as Mass was about to […]

Pregnant Mother in Tanzania Forced Out of Home for Putting Faith in Christ

Unable to pay school fees and supplies, her children stop attending classes.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – By the time Lukia Khalid, mother of three and nearly seven months pregnant, was baptized on March 30, her Muslim husband had already forced her out of their home in western Tanzania for becoming a Christian. That was a week after the 38-year-old Khalid and her husband, Kassim Khalid, received […]

Islamic Extremists Suspected in Killing of Catholic Priest in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Second priest shot on the Muslim-majority archipelago in less than two months.

NAIROBI, Kenya  (Morning Star News) – Suspected Islamic extremists on Sunday (Feb. 17) shot and killed a Roman Catholic priest on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, area sources said.   Two assailants on a motorbike approached the Rev. Evaristus Mushi as he arrived in his car to the Mass he was about to officiate in the […]