International Christian Concern (ICC)

· Chaldean Bishop: ISIS Wants to Rip Christians From Their Roots
ICC Note: “ISIS wants to rip Christians from their roots in Iraq and Syria,” said Bishop Warduni about the persecution facing Christians. Christians have been living in these lands for nearly twenty centuries, but the advances of the so-called Islamic State have driven them out of their homes. Some 1 million people have been displaced [...]
· Diyabiya Copts Obliged To Worship In Church Courtyard
ICC Note: A congregation in Egypt is now forced to worship in the church courtyard because its building was badly burned by Islamic fundamentalists and the government has prevented them from getting the necessary permit to restore the church. The building has now become “life threatening” and so Christians now gather to worship outdoors. 09/15/2014 [...]
· India Marks Sixth Anniversary of the 2008 Anti-Christian Orissa Riots with Apathy
By ICC’s India Correspondent 9/17/2014 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - The 2008 anti-Christian riots that swept across Orissa’s Kandhamal district still stand as one of the worst incidents of anti-Christian violence in the history of independent India. The events that took place in 2008 shook the entire nation and continue to produce aftershocks even [...]
· Boko Haram On Course to Parallel What ISIS Has Achieved in Iraq and Syria
ICC Note: Recognition that an American was reportedly one of many targeted in Boko Haram's bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria in August of 2011 could have lead the United States government to designate Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization long before doing so in November of last year. Boko Haram has continued its campaign [...]
· Pakistan Declared as Unsafe for Religious Minorities
ICC Note: In a lecture held at Columbia University, an expert on Pakistan declared that it is a country in which religious minorities, including Christians, are unsafe. This aspect of modern Pakistan is a great contradiction to the dream of its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah who envisioned a Pakistan for Pakistanis from all religious backgrounds. [...]
· Three Suspects Arrested in Connection to Assault on Catholic Priest in India
ICC Note: Since the Hindu nationalist party called BJP took power over the Indian government in May, it is estimated that there have been over 600 attacks on non-Hindu. Among these attack, three suspects, likely connected to a radical Hindu group, have been arrested for an assault on a Catholic priest in Changanacherry. As religiously motivated [...]
· UN Takes Over Peacekeeping in the Central African Republic
ICC Note: Monday, United Nations (UN) peacekeepers began the process of taking over the mission in the Central African Republic from their African Union counterparts. Even with the deployment of an additional 1,800 troops, the force will only comprise about 65% of the authorized force number of 12,000. For months, Christians and Muslims have exchanged tit-for-tat [...]
· “What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria”
ICC Note: Following Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau's declaration late last month that militant-held areas of northeast Nigeria were now part of the Islamic caliphate, Boko Haram has reportedly burned down churches, beheaded Christian men, enslaved Christian women and forcefully converted Christian children to Islam. For years Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency designated a [...]
· Christians in India Rally against Dramatic Escalation in Persecution
ICC Note: Since the Hindu nationalist party BJP rose to power in May 2014, non-Hindus across India have been attacked over 600 times, mainly by Hindu radicals. In response to this dramatic rise in violence, Christians and secular groups recently met to speak out against this new wave of persecution. Will their rally change the situation? Only [...]
· Christians in Pakistan Hold “Peace Walk” in Memory of All Saints Church Bombing
ICC Note: Christians in Peshawar, Pakistan participated in a peace walk in memory of the All Saints Church bombing on Sunday, following the service at All Saints Church. On September 22, 2013, two suicide bombers attacked All Saints Church following a Sunday service. When the dust settled, hundreds were dead and more wounded by the [...]

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