Faith Costs Christian in Algeria His Family, Livelihood

Wife pressured to file charges against him of ‘undermining Islam.’

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A 32-year-old convert in Algeria has not seen much of his two young daughters since his wife divorced him and charged him with undermining Islam more than two years ago. Ahmed Beghal (name changed for security reasons) has legal rights to visit his daughters, ages 4 and 6, but his […]

Authorities Order Closure of another Church Building in Algeria

Local officials have been fighting its presence since 2016.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – The official notice that a village pastor in Algeria received on Sunday (Dec. 30) confirmed what he had heard – his church had been ordered to close. Pastor Rabah Messaoudi had won a legal battle in 2017 after local officials in the Muslim country tried to close his church in […]

Christians in Algeria Acquitted of Conversion Charge

Muslim wife of convert pressured to file accusation, husband says.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Five Christians in Algeria were acquitted on Tuesday (Dec. 25) of the charge of inciting a Muslim to change her religion, sources said. A judge at the court of Bouira acquitted Rachid Ouali, whose Muslim wife had filed the charges against him. Ouali, his friend Ali Laarchi, Laarchi’s wife and […]

Sudan Releases 13 Christians Arrested in Darfur after Torture, Threats

One church member said to be in critical condition.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – After torturing them and threatening to charge them with serious crimes, authorities in Sudan have released 13 Christians arrested in the Darfur Region, sources said. Personnel from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) released 12 of the Christians by Sunday (Oct. 21) and freed church leader Tajaldin Idriss […]

Another Church Building Sealed Shut in Algeria

Compliance with building codes not enough to prevent closure.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Algeria sealed shut a church site on Tuesday (Oct. 16) even after Christian leaders complied with orders to meet building codes, sources said. In Azaghar village near Akbou, about 185 kilometers (114 miles) east of Algiers in Bejaia Province, Kabylie Region, eight policemen sealed shut the doors of […]

Christians in Darfur, Sudan Arrested during Combined Worship of House Churches

Whereabouts of converts from Islam unknown.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News)– Security officials in Sudan last week arrested 13 Christians during a worship service in the Darfur Region, sources said. Personnel from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) interrupted the worship service the afternoon of Oct. 10 in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state in western Sudan’s Darfur Region and […]

Policeman Sexually Harasses Christian Woman in Sudan, Sources Say

Officer says he has mandate to target ‘indecently dressed’ women.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A young Catholic woman has discovered personally that many Public Order Police in Muslim-majority Sudan believe they have a mandate to sexually harass those they deem inappropriately dressed. Nyankiir Kual Mayen, a 24-year-old university student in Al Qadarif in eastern Sudan, filed a complaint with police two days after […]

Christians Face Trial in Algeria over Wife’s Accusations of Evangelizing

Muslim relatives forced her to file complaint, husband says.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in Algeria are facing trial after the Muslim wife of one accused them of suggesting she leave Islam, her husband said. Rachid Ouali and his 67-year-old friend, Ali Larchi, went before a judge in Bouira, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Algiers, on Tuesday (Oct. 9), after […]

Sudan Releases Bible Shipments Detained in Port Years Ago

Country long starved of Arabic-language Scripture.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In a surprise move, Sudan has released shipments of Bibles long held in port, including one detained nearly six years ago, according to the head of the Bible Society in Sudan. The Rev. Ismail Abdurahman Kenani, Khartoum-based director of the Bible Society in Sudan, said port authorities had been […]

Authorities in Algeria Seal Shut Another Church Building

Sober reminder that harassment policy still in force.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Church leaders didn’t get an explanation for why the seventh worship building to be closed in Algeria since November was sealed last week, but they suspect lack of registration was the pretext. It is virtually impossible to register a church in Algeria under current restrictions. Although three of the six […]