International Christian Concern (ICC)

· Boko Haram, Islamic State, and the Underlying Concerns for West Africa
ICC Note: Boko Haram and the Islamic State (IS) are theoretically aligned, but the actual and operational effects of this pact remain hard to trace. On the one hand, IS and Boko Haram maintain separate brutal military campaigns fighting state actors and persecuting Christians in similar horrendous ways, but geographically separated in different corners of…

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· Enugu Attacks Recap: Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacres Reach Southern Nigeria
ICC Note: Another week and another set of appalling Fulani herder attacks in Nigeria. This reality has tragically become the new normal for Christian farming communities in central Nigeria. However, with at least 48 people murdered in Enugu State this past Monday, the brutality spreads south. The following report from Morning Star News runs down…

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· The Real War on Women
ICC Note: The reality of war for women in the Middle East is a fate worse than death. Women of the Christian, Yazidi and Shia faiths are locked in packed halls as ISIS soldiers torture and rape them time and time again. Being part of minority religions means that the lives of these women have…

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· Christians on the Brink of Extinction Amid Unrelenting Genocide in Iraq, Syria
ICC Note: The Christian communities of Iraq and Syria are facing existential threat as The Islamic State terror group continues to destroy their lives and history. Hundreds of ancient Christian churches and places of worship have been demolished, thousands have been killed, while even more have fled for their lives. These are the oldest Christian…

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· Michael’s Story: Egyptian Christian’s Mysterious ‘Suicide’
Osama Gamal knows his brother Michael did not commit suicide because Osama knows his brother. Michael Gamal Mansour was a happy 22-year-old Christian who dreamed of opening a carpentry business, getting married, and having children one day. Why would he kill himself only three months out from the end of his contract with the Egyptian…

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· NEWS | Heartbreak in China as Wenzhou Church is Demolished for Improperly Built Cross
According to China Aid the Island Head Christian Church in Wenzhou was declared illegally built due to the cross being placed too high. Demolition crews proceeded in demolishing the church and the cross after church members protested its destruction. Over the weekend, President Xi Jinping told a conference of religious leaders that Party members must…

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· Algerian churches still fighting for freedom of worship
ICC Note: Despite recent constitutional revisions in Algeria, churches are still facing harassment from the authorities. On April 24th, a Church in Maatkas was ordered to cease all religious gathering based on a breached 2006 regulatory law. The new constitution passed in February 2016, however, has established freedom of religious worship in compliance with the…

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· Threatened with throat-slitting and slaughter: Christian persecution in Swedish asylum centres
ICC Note: Swedish asylum centres are proving to be unsafe as Christians and other religious minorities suffer persecution within. Detailed death threats and escalating harassment has made living conditions unbearable for some Christian refugees. In one specific case, threats came from a man claiming to have fought with jihadist groups in Syria. 04/29/16 Sweden (Christian…

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· Persecuted Christians in Eritrea: ‘The Guards Offered to Let us Go if We Renounced Jesus. We Said No’
ICC Note: Eritrea represents one of the toughest places on earth to be a Christian. The following report from Christian Today recounts testimonies from believers who suffered through extreme torture for their faith in Christ and stood firm without denying Jesus. Eritrea imprisons Christians who worship outside of the four legal state religions and treats…

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· Enugu Fulani Herder Attacks: Southerners in Nigeria ‘Have Been Targeted for Decades’
ICC Note: In the wake of brutal Fulani herder attacks on Enugu State in Southeast Nigeria, a prominent political voice from the region says the radical Islamists have been targeting Christians for decades. Emmanuel Enekwechi, prime minister in exile of the separatist Biafran region says the recent attacks evidence an expanding Islamist takeover bleeding into…

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