May 21, 2020

UGANDA: Christian Woman Seriously Beaten

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A young Christian woman from the village of Luwooko in eastern Uganda was ambushed and beaten on April 7th for sharing her faith. Lydia Nabirye, 23, is the daughter of an area evangelist. In early March, she shared her faith with a young Muslim woman who later came to salvation in Christ. After the new convert was threatened by family members, Lydia's family gave her refuge, along with six other converts from Islam.

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INDIA: Christians Arrested for Preparing Relief Aid

Pastor Ramesh Kumar and his wife - Photo: Morning Star News www.morningstarnews.org
Pastor Ramesh Kumar and his wife.
Photo: Morning Star News

A pastor and seven others were assembling relief packages for the poor in their area when they were assaulted and arrested by police officers. The police falsely claimed the group had gathered for worship in numbers forbidden under COVID-19 restrictions.

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IRAN: Sentence Extended on Retrial

Ismaeil Maghrebinejad - Photo: Middle East Concern www.meconcern.org
Ismaeil Maghrebinejad
Photo: Middle East Concern

When the judge requested a retrial for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, there were hopes that justice would prevail. Ismaeil had received a two-year prison sentence on February 27th for his alleged "membership of a group hostile to the regime" (read more). This sentence was in addition to a previous decision that was made on January 8th, when he was sentenced to three years for "insulting Islamic sacred beliefs."

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