Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi

As the world’s doors close

Coronavirus | Will we remember those who shelter in place with no shelter?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/24/20, 12:25 pm

As the epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic moved to the United States—with the number of new cases doubling every two days—a hush moved into the streets. It’s a quiet eerily similar to what I first experienced in the Middle East, walking streets of cities and towns ISIS had emptied. A city without people is like a graveyard, one of the soldiers on patrol told me then. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Vahid Salemi

Iran combats COVID-19 with prison release

International | Seven Christians and an American are among the 85,000 temporarily freed
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/23/20, 04:47 pm

IRAN: Ramiel Bet Tamraz is one of seven Christians among 85,000 jailed Iranians temporarily released to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

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Associated Press/Photo by Andrew Medichini

The pandemic’s march

International | News and notes from around the world about the spread of the coronavirus
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/19/20, 01:41 pm

GLOBAL: A reporter-friend noted to me, “There’s no place to go for outside perspective. Everyone is in this.” So true, and it’s a unique moment in my three decades of journalism, and we’ll try to keep you abreast of some of the too many latest events related to the coronavirus (including some heavenly perspective), plus the usual mix of mayhem and redemption. What it looks like when the world empties.

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