Blasphemy Charge Devastates Christian Family in Pakistan

Bail granted, but father, wife and children apart and in hiding.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Pakistan this month granted bail to a Christian falsely charged with blasphemy, but he and his family have separated and gone into hiding amid threats to their lives, sources said. Haroon Shahzad, 45, was released from Sargodha District Jail on Nov. 15, said his attorney, Aneeqa Maria. […]

At Least 10 Christians Slain in Taraba State, Nigeria 

Massacres continue to terrorize farmers.

ABUJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Suspected Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists on Friday (Nov. 24) attacked villages in Taraba state, Nigeria, killing at least 10 Christians, sources said. The assailants attacked an area from the Yangtu Special Development Area near Takum to villages in Ussa County at about 6 p.m., area residents said. “Rampaging Muslim […]

Religious Hatred Motivated Murder in Pakistan, Father Says

Gaza conflict said to have heightened killer’s anger.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The father of a 20-year-old Christian who was gunned down in Pakistan this month said the confessed killer was driven by a strong hatred for Christians and Jews. Farhan Ul Qamar was shot to death in his house in Talwandi Inayat Khan village, Pasrur tehsil of Sialkot District, Punjab Province, […]

Two Christians Beaten after Muslim-Christian Dialogue

Attack leaves them hospitalized.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in eastern Uganda were hospitalized after hardline Muslims beat them for their presentation at a religious dialogue, one of the victims said. Musa Kirongosa, 32, and Swidiki Buyinza, 27, of an undisclosed church in Nawaikoke, Kaliro District, were the first to speak at the Christian-Muslim dialogue organized by […]

Pastor Slain, Wife Kidnapped in Kaduna State, Nigeria 

Violence against Christians continues.

ABUJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Armed assailants in Kaduna state, Nigeria on Friday (Nov. 17) killed a pastor and kidnapped his wife, sources said. The Rev. Joshua Amako Maraya of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), 2, in Damakasuwa town was killed at night by “bandits,” said the Rev. Romanus Ebenwokodi, spokesman for ECWA in […]

Fire at Worship Building in Pakistan Set by Church Leader

Elder’s arrest shocks Christians.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Christians in Lahore, Pakistan were shocked to learn on Saturday (Nov. 18) that a church elder confessed to setting fire to their worship structure after initially blaming it on a Muslim extremist group, sources said. Police arrested church elder and treasurer Zubair Akhtar Khokhar after confronting him with video evidence […]

Christian Shot Dead in Pakistan for Unknown Reasons

Religious minorities again left without answers or justice.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim gunned down a 20-year-old Christian in Pakistan on Nov. 9, the latest case of a religious minority victimized for unknown reasons with police slow to act, sources said. In Talwandi Inayat Khan village, Pasrur tehsil of Sialkot District, Punjab Province, Farhan Ul Qamar was killed in his under-construction […]

Pastor in Nepal Fears Conviction Sets Ominous Precedent

Supreme Court upholds prison sentence and fine.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – As he awaits prison after a wrongful conviction for proselytizing, Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya fears his case will set a precedent for authorities in Nepal to incarcerate other Christians, he said. The 35-year-old pastor said he fears police and judiciary will cite his case as an example to send Christians […]

Muslim Husband Sets Wife on Fire for Accepting Christ

Mother of three hospitalized with third-degree burns.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A woman in eastern Uganda has been hospitalized with serious burns after her Muslim husband discovered she had converted to Christianity and set her on fire, area sources said. Hajara Namwase, a 32-year-old mother of three children in Kenkebu village, Budaka town, is still receiving hospital treatment for third-degree burns […]

Christian Buildings Targeted in Military Conflict in Sudan

SPEC church structure in Omdurman left in ruins.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – At least two Christian buildings were bombed last week amid fighting between rival military factions in Sudan, sources said. On Wednesday (Nov. 1) a Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) building in Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum, came under heavy shelling from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) at […]