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For several months, The Voice of the Martyrs has been following the plight of a Christian mother in Jordan, Mrs. Siham Qandah, who has been ordered to surrender her children. Because her husband allegedly converted to Islam before his death, Jordanian law states that the children are Muslim and require a Muslim guardian in order to receive their father's death benefits. Mrs. Qandah's Muslim brother was appointed the guardian but he then fought for, and was given, full legal custody of the children. For several months there has been an on-going custody battle.

According to a report received this morning from Middle East Concern, Mrs. Qandah's brother, Abdullah al-Muhtadi, filed an appeal on January 16, asking that she be arrested until the children are surrendered to his care. Yesterday Mrs. Qandah's lawyer filed an appeal, but Mrs. Qandah and her children have again gone into hiding to prevent the children from being taken from her.

Jordanian authorities have indicated to Mrs. Qandah that the reason they have not executed the court order and taken the children is the many petitions made on her behalf. We ask that you continue to pray for this situation. We also encourage you to contact Jordanian authorities, appealing to them to allow this mother to keep her children. The Persecution & Prayer Alert from December 4, 2002 contains more details on this unfortunate case.

Below are addresses and fax numbers to contact authorities in Jordan. We also encourage you to contact the Jordanian embassy in your country. For information on UN and embassy addresses, go to www.vomcanada.com/links.htm.

His Majesty King Abdallah bin Hussein
Office of H.M. the King
Royal Palace
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Fax: 962 6 462 7421
Salutation: Your Majesty

Dr Fayez Tarawneh
Chief of the Royal Court
PO Box 80
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Fax: 962 6 463 1452
Salutation: Dear Dr Tarawneh

His Royal Highness Prince al-Hassan Bin Talal
Majlis El Hassan
Royal Palace
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Fax: 962 6 4634995
Salutation: Your Royal Highness

Country Information

10,909,567 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Jordanian (69.3), Syrian (13.3), Palestinian (6.7), Egyptian (6.7), Iraqi (1.4), Other (2.6)

Religion (%)
Muslim (97.1), Christian (2.1), Buddhist (0.4), Hindu (0.1), Jewish (<.1), Other (0.3)

King Abdallah II (1999)

Government type
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Legal system
Mixed system developed from codes instituted by the Ottoman Empire (based on French law), British common law, and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Jordan

Pray that Christians who face opposition from those around them will remain faithful to Christ.

Pray that the Jordanian government will recognize the religious rights of all citizens.

Ask God to bring forth more church leaders and other servants of the Lord in Jordan to continue His work in the nation (Matthew 9:36-38).


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