International Christian Concern (ICC)

• NEWS | Protesters Flood the Yemeni Capital in Attempt to End the Civil War
For the last two years, Yemen has been subject to the horrors of a civil war reported to have displaced millions of civilians and taken the lives of over 7,600 people. As the desperate country is now reporting a severe famine, tens of thousands of protesters flooded Yemen’s capital to plead for an end to…

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• Several Religious Groups Meet to Pray for Abducted Pastor in Malaysia
ICC note: Despite a ban by the Malaysian government, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims met to pray for the rescue of Raymond Koh, a Christian pastor who has not been heard of since his abduction weeks ago. It is believed he has been captured by extremist Muslims. Pastor Koh and his family had previously received…

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• Extremism is Influencing Indonesia’s Elections
ICC Note: Asia Times says that pre-election tension mixed with growing Muslim extremism is increasing the risk for violence in Indonesia. Unfortunately, these extremists often have strong government ties. The article calls the Islamic Defender’s Front tactics as taking the nation, “back to the pre-democracy period under former dictator Suharto…” The situation in Indonesia is…

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• Protesters Flood the Yemeni Capital in Attempt to End the Civil War
ICC Note: For the last two years, Yemen has been subject to the horrors of a civil war reported to have displaced millions of civilians and taken the lives of over 7,600 people. As the desperate country is now reporting a severe famine, tens of thousands of protesters flooded Yemen’s capital to plead for an…

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• ISIS Uses a Young Boy as Suicide Bomber to Attack Refugees
ICC Note: Iraqi forces released a video showing them disarming a young boy wearing a suicide vest. The boy was walking in a group of refugees evacuating war-torn Mosul and raised suspicion as he walked alone holding his stomach. ISIS is continually reported to be brainwashing children not only as suicide bombers, but as executioners…

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• Pakistan Reports that Facebook Removed 85% of Blasphemous Content
ICC Note: Pakistan continues its social media censorship. According to government officials, Facebook removed 85% of blasphemous content after Pakistan requested the removal. While that report has not been confirmed, the Pakistani courts have postponed the hearing on whether or not to ban social media sites that provide platforms for blasphemous posts to March 31.…

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• Pakistan Restricts Job Applicants to Religious Minorities for ‘Dirty’ Jobs
ICC Note: In Pakistan, Christians are considered the lowest members of society. A recent government job advertisement demonstrates the blatant social discrimination experienced by religious minorities. The government is seeking applicants for street sweepers, the worst job in society and the job notice singled out religious minorities including Christians and Hindus as the only ones…

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• Oklahoma House Approves Bill That Would Return Ten Commandments to State Capitol
ICC Note: Following the advancement of a bill within the Oklahoma House of Representative, a monument of the Ten Commandments could return to state capitol grounds. This highly contested monument has been the subject of debate for years and was removed from government property in 2015. The bill notes the historical significance of the Ten…

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• Nine Arrested with Links to IS in Malaysia
ICC Note: Malaysia has just arrested nine men suspected of ties to the Islamic State only weeks after a Christian Pastor has disappeared in a kidnapping. Although these two events are independent of each other, they both point to increased radical Muslim activity and such that could threaten the safety of Christian minorities in Malaysia.…

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• Palmyra, Syria is a Ghost Town Since ISIS
ICC Note: Palmyra, a city in the middle of Syria, used to house 75,000 people and iconic structures like the 2,000 year-old Arch of Triumph. Now, it’s a ghost town thanks to ISIS’s initial capture, loss, and recapture of Palmyra over the course of several years. Ruins replace homes, silence replaces the bustling, and soldiers…

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