International Christian Concern (ICC)

• Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) Condemns Palm Sunday Suicide Bombing of Christian Worshipers in Egypt
FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY                                                                             Contact:    Jeff Beck (202) 225-3765 April 10, 2017 http://chrissmith.house.gov Smith Statement on Egyptian Suicide Bombers WASHINGTON,…

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• The Christian Association of Nigeria accuses governor of marginalizing Christians
ICC Note: Being a Christian in Nigeria is not easy when radicals like Fulanis, Boko Haram and other smaller groups are constantly attacking Christians because of their religion. The government has become an enabler in part because most crimes against Christians are ignored purposely by the authorities and they show no intent to solve them.…

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• ICC Helps Five Easter Bombing Victims Start Small Businesses
By Amy Penn 04/27/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On March 27, 2016, a suicide bomber from an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban attacked Gulshan e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan where many Christian families were celebrating Easter. The attack killed more than 70 people and wounded more than 300 others. Following the attack, a…

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• Trial of Tortured Activist Delayed After Supporters Show Up
ICC Note: China delayed the trial of a human rights activist who has defended Christians after many showed up in his support at his trial. According to Radio Free Asia, foreign diplomats, family, and other activists showed up at the court on April 25th to support Xie Yang, a renowned who has defended many including…

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• Police Stop Underground Catholic Service
ICC Note: Officials stopped an underground Catholic service in Heilongjang province in China. On April 20th policemen entered a service and attempted to detain a Catholic priest. A video clip posted online showed the police arguing with the congregation who was trying to protect him. The video was later removed but the government released a…

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• 500 unaccounted children who are also victims of Boko Haram
ICC Note: On April of 2014, Boko Haram radicals abducted almost 300 schoolgirls from the Christian town of Chibok. Unfortunately, the majority of these girls are still missing and continue to be victims of abuse by these perpetrators. Children are the most vulnerable victims and Boko Haram targets them constantly to manipulate authorities by kidnapping…

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• Pope Francis’ Visit to Egypt Inspires Hope
ICC Note While Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt is seen by many as largely symbolic, it brings comfort to many Christians that the pope would enter such a dangerous area to bring a message of hope and peace. In addition to ministering to the Christian population, the pope is expected to try and work with…

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• Christians Called to Prayer Following Arson Attack on Church in Kathmandu
ICC Note: Christians in Nepal have been called to pray for peace and minority rights following an arson attack on a Catholic church in Kathmandu. Religious intolerance from the country's Hindu majority has grown since the BJP-led government took over the influential India federal government in 2014. After Nepal passed its new constitution declaring itself to…

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• Egyptian Christians Question Support for President al-Sisi
ICC Note In the midst of harsh persecution, observers are questioning Coptic Christian support for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during the 2013 revolution. Many Christians favored Sisi over then president, Mohammed Morsi, believing that Sisi would curb religious extremism and protect Christians. After waves of attacks against Coptic Christians, support is waning. Some Christians are…

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• More Than 1.5 Million Have Been Displaced by Muslim Militants in Northern Nigeria
By Daniel Harris 04/27/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - On April 15, around 7:30 p.m., while villagers were gathered to worship, Fulani militants entered Asso village in Kaduna State and killed 13 people. The security forces stationed nearby did nothing to stop the massacre, repeating the story of so many previous Fulani attacks. The…

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