May 23, 2019

ERITREA: More Than 140 Arrested

The War Memory Square in Massawa - Photo: Wikipedia / Dawit Rezene www.world66.com/africa/eritrea/massawa/lib/gallery
The War Memory Square in Massawa.
Photo: Wikipedia / Dawit Rezene (c)

As Eritrea begins week-long celebrations leading up to their Independence Day on May 24th, efforts to prevent any sign of dissent have resulted in the detainment of more than 140 Christians. The arrests happened at a private gathering in the Mai Temenai area of Asmara on May 17th. Of those arrested, 14 were children.

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NEPAL: Assaulted Pastor Recovering from Trauma

Pastor Dhurba - Photo: Morning Star News
Pastor Dhurba is still recovering from the attack.
Photo: Morning Star News

More than a month after Pastor Dhurba Kumar Pariyar was attacked by Maoist rebels, he remains in pain and faces mental trauma. Despite that, he has found strength in the Scriptures, as well as the testimonies of others who have suffered for their faith.

Pastor Dhurba was riding a motorcycle on his way back from distributing toys and supplies to poor children when he was stopped by two other motorcyclists. After confirming his identity, the pastor was pulled off and dragged towards the jungle. The attackers accused him of preaching a foreign religion and bribing people to convert. While beating him, they threatened his life if he did not hand over any American money that was with him at the scene. The men fled when a vehicle passed by and the headlights fell on them.

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BURKINA FASO: Multiple Attacks Against Christians

Siméon Yampa - Photo: Fides www.fides.org
Siméon Yampa was killed in the May 12th attack.
Photo: Fides

On April 28th, a church in Sirgadji was attacked by armed assailants who pulled six Christians, including a pastor, behind the building and then shot them. (For more information about this situation, see our previous report.) Since then, the violence has continued, with at least two more deadly attacks taking place during church gatherings.

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