October 1, 2020

PAKISTAN: Beaten for Refusing to Convert to Islam

Anika Shehzad

Anika Shehzad, an 18-year-old Christian teen, worked as a domestic servant in Ferozwala, Pakistan. She comes from a poor family and took on the job to help support them. However, after a few days, Anika began to face pressure to convert to Islam. The more she resisted, the more the employers pressured her, until she could no longer work in the home.

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VIETNAM: Pastor Released After Four Years in Prison

Pastor A. Dao - Photo: USCIRF
Pastor A. Dao

On September 18th, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom announced that Pastor A. Dao had been released from prison after being incarcerated for over four years. This decision came 11 months before his expected release.

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CHINA: Update on John Cao

John Cao - Photo: Ben Cao
John Cao
Photo: Ben Cao

In a recent letter from prison, Pastor John Cao was able to report that he is in good health and his blood pressure is now normal. While missing family and friends around the world, he asked his mother to pass along greetings, stating that he has not stopped interceding for the health, peace and faith of others.

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