International Christian Concern (ICC)

· Everything You Need to Know Regarding Boko Haram’s Heinous Schoolgirl Abduction
Case Summary On the night of April 14th, more than 100 armed Boko Haram militants masquerading as members of the Nigerian Army abducted 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School after setting several buildings ablaze and shooting their way past the compound’s security staff. The abduction lasted approximately six hours as the kidnappers hand-selected…

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· Iraq’s Displaced Christians Seek New Identities In Baghdad
ICC Note: Another story of the hardships that Iraq’s Christians have faced as they were driven out and are now trying to restart life, many without even their identification documents. Everything was taken from them as they escaped with only their lives and the clothes on their backs. 11/20/2014 Iraq (Niqash) Many members of Iraq’s…

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· A Christian is sworn in as governor of Indonesian capital despite Islamist protests
ICC Note: When a Christian was voted governor of Indonesia's capital, Muslims rose up in protest saying that an "infidel" could not rule in their country. However, despite their protests, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian, has now been sworn in as governor. 11/20/2014 China (Asia News)-A Christian has been sworn in as governor of Indonesia's capital…

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· Yujiang’s underground bishop released but under police surveillance
ICC Note: China continues to keep Bishops imprisoned. 11/19/2014 China (Asia News)-Mgr John Peng Weizhao, underground bishop of Yujiang (Jiangxi), was released a few days ago. However, he remains under police watch and cannot exercise his episcopal ministry. According to UCANews, the prelate's release occurred on Friday on the condition that he does not travel outside…

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· Demoralized, Syrian Refugees Return Home
ICC Note: The conflict in Syria has created a massive refugee crisis, larger even than Rwanda of the 1990s. Some of those who were driven outside of Syria are returning to a scarred and broken country. As Christians they are facing increased risks from the militants, whose ranks are swollen with Islamic extremists. In many…

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· Facts and Fiction: Report on Post-Morsi Attacks in Egypt
ICC Note: A committee formed by Egypt’s interim government is getting ready to release a report on the violence that followed the removal of President Mohammed Morsi from office in July 2013. This sparked a wave of violence, much of it targeted at Christian communities throughout Upper Egypt. This report aims to shed light both…

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· Nepal Urged to Respect Christians’ Rights in New Constitution
ICC Note: Earlier this month, the chairman of Nepal's National Human Rights Commission recommended that Nepal protect the freedom of conscious and religion when it drafts its new constitution. Nepal, which was a Hindu monarchy until 2008, has been in the process of drafting a constitution for the past 6 years. Many are calling on the…

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· Christians reclaim Iraq village from ISIS
ICC Note: In Iraq, upwards of 200,000 Christians had fled their homes, leaving entire villages empty. Slowly some have been returning, working together with Kurdish forces to clear the areas and drive out ISIS fighters. Being able to return home is a major victory for Iraq’s Christian community, but the fear of an ISIS return…

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· Asia Bibi’s Husband Pleads with Pakistan’s President for Wife’s Release
ICC Note: Ashiq Masih, the husband of blasphemy victim Asia Bibi, wrote an open letter to the president of Pakistan pleading for his wife's release. In October, Asia Bibi's blasphemy conviction and death sentence were confirmed by the Lahore High Court, leaving an appeal to Pakistan's Supreme Court that final option to getting Asia released.…

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· Providing Wheelchairs for Displaced Christians in Iraq
More than 100,000 Christians have been displaced by ISIS. ICC and our partners have been working to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of many of these people. This has included providing basic supplies like food and water, and also things like medicine and wheel chairs. These are helping to tell the Iraqi church…

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