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Hundreds of thousands to help

Myanmar | Christian missionaries offer assistance to Rohingya Muslims amid a state-driven humanitarian crisis
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/08/17, 07:38 pm

In Shamlapur, a fishing village in Bangladesh, 52 Rohingya Muslim families pitched their tents in the backyard of a local fisherman’s home. A communal well and latrine stood in a corner. Smoke from burning firewood wafted through the air. They all had terrible stories to tell: how Myanmar’s military killed their villagers and family members, how families had to separate to escape, how they struggled to pay for an expensive and risky boat ride across the Bay of Bengal into neighboring Bangladesh.

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Indian Christians charged with kidnapping, forced conversion

Persecution | Advocates say persecution of religious minorities is rising in India
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 8/01/17, 12:31 pm

As persecution intensifies in India, government officials in the state of Madhya Pradesh have charged six Christians, including some pastors, with kidnapping and forced conversion for chaperoning children on the way to church camp.

Local police arrested the group in May along with more than 70 children en route to a summer Bible camp, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).

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Too cozy for comfort

Features | Popular Muslim leaders in America have friends in all the wrong places
by Jill Nelson
Posted 6/14/17, 08:33 am

GARDEN GROVE, Calif.—The Islamic Society of Orange County mosque in many ways reflects the prosperous heart of Southern California where it’s located. As congregants waited for a guest imam to speak, grandmothers scolded noisy children and teenagers texted on their cell phones. Two teenage girls in the women’s prayer room said their favorite pastime is shopping. Another teen called a friend, trying to convince her to dig through her closet for an abaya, a loose-fitting garment, and join her at the mosque for the fundraising talk and dinner.

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