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Faith amid violence

Burkina Faso | Christians and others in Burkina Faso face attacks from growing insurgency
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/23/19, 02:55 pm

On the first day of December, about 10 gunmen stormed the SIM Evangelical Church of Hantoukoura in eastern Burkina Faso during Sunday service. They sprayed gunfire inside the church and killed 14 people, including the pastor.

In a statement, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and Missions (FEME) condemned the latest of the recurring attacks and called on Christian organizations to engage in the fight for peace.

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Arrests, protests continue in India

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/20/19, 11:01 am

Thousands of protesters turned out in India after Islamic prayers on Friday despite a ban on assemblies and an internet shutdown. The demonstrators are upset over a law that offers citizenship to Christians, Hindus, and other migrants who fled religious persecution but not to Muslims. The death toll now stands at 11 since the protests began this month.

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Watchdog on the web

Persecution | With a network of informants, the website Bitter Winter documents religious persecution in China
by June Cheng
Posted 12/20/19, 08:37 am

Last year, a reporter for the website Bitter Winter captured never-before-seen video footage of the inside of a reeducation camp in Xinjiang, China. The video showed bars and wire netting fitted over the dormitory windows, rooms with double iron doors and a keypad lock, surveillance cameras throughout the campus, and outdoor areas surrounded by chain-link fences. On the exterior of the building were words of appreciation for China’s Communist leader: “Heartfelt thanks for the cordial care of the Party Central Committee, with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core.”

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