International Christian Concern (ICC)

· Gunmen Kill at Least 35 Coptic Christians in Egypt
  05/26/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that multiple masked gunmen attacked a caravan of Coptic Christians traveling to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in Minya province, Egypt. Minya province is approximately 140 miles south of Cairo. Sources told ICC that two buses and two other…

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· Giving Voice to Egypt’s Palm Sunday Bombings’ Survivors, Part 2
By Amy Penn 05/27/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) visited three martyrs’ families from last month’s Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt. We listened as the families remembered that day including the desperation they felt as they raced to their loved ones’ churches and the sadness they experienced when they…

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· Myanmar Holds Peace Talks with Religious/Ethnic Minority Groups
ICC Note: Armed groups from Myanmar’s ethnic minorities met for a five day peace-building conference in Myanmar. Among the 15 represented groups were leaders from Karen, Chin, and Kachin ethnic groups among which many are Christians. Although no agreement has been reached so far with Myanmar’s religious and ethnic minorities, many hope the conference will…

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· Egyptian President calls security meeting in wake of attack on Christians
ICC Note Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has called a security meeting in the wake of the deadly attack today against Coptic Christians traveling to a monastery to pray. This is another attack in a series of attacks against Coptic Christians that include the Church bombings on Palm Sunday. Although President Sisi condemned the rising violence…

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· The Increase in Strength of Al-Shabab’s Attacks on Christians in Africa Proves Frightening
ICC Note Five police in Kenya were killed in a roadside bomb attack that Al-Shabab militants claimed responsibility for. Their goal in staging these attacks is to get Kenya to withdraw its troops in Somalia serving under the AU mission, so that the Al-Shabab militants can rise to power. This is yet another attack in…

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· Alaa al-Moussawi apologizes to the Christian Community
ICC Note After the uproar caused by a video of Alaa al-Moussawi, head of Iraq’s Shia Endowment Fund, where he seemed to be calling for Iraq’s Jews to convert to Islam or be killed or pay the “Jizya,” he claims his words were taken out of context and misinterpreted. In an attempt to resolve the…

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· U.S. Intelligence Specialist Donates Drones to Somalia Police Force in Hopes of Stifling Militant Attacks
ICC Note A former U.S. intelligence specialist donated drones to the Somalia police by in order to combat further attacks and bombings by al Qaeda Islamic insurgents. The goal is to increase the military in that region of Africa. While there has been a steady increase in complex attacks, the drones will assist more quickly…

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· Attacks in the Philippines Targets Christians
ICC Note This week, there was an attack on Marawi, a city in the Philippines, leaving at least 46 people dead. Jan Yamit, a health worker in the hospital just feet from the attack on Friday, said, “Those who were killed were Christians.” Leading up to the attack on Friday, ISIS led a raid on…

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· Attacks in Jakarta are Steadily Increasing in the Shaky Political Climate
ICC Note On May 24th a bombing at a bus station claimed the lives of three police officers and wounded 12 others. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for these attacks. The attacks on Jakarta have steadily been increasing in advancement over the past year and a half. The timing of this attack, however, cannot…

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· Christians in India Continue to Suffer as Modi Marks 3rd Anniversary in Power
International Christian Concern Documents 361 Attacks on Christians in 2016 05/26/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) –International Christian Concern (ICC) marks the third anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise to power in India with concern over the continued deterioration of religious freedom and security for the country’s religious minorities. Since coming to power in…

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