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  • Pastors jailed in Sudan as government muscles church control

    August 30 2017 by Morning Star News, Sudan Correspondent | with 0 comments
    Pastors jailed in Sudan as government muscles church control

    Police arrested and interrogated seven Christian church leaders in Sudan for refusing to turn over leadership of their church to the government. The Sudanese Church of Christ leaders were interrogated for six hours and released on bail, charged with refusing to comply with an order to turn over leadership of their congregation.

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  • Sudan called ‘disaster for religious liberty’

    July 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sudan called ‘disaster for religious liberty’

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. State Department not to ignore religious freedom and persecution issues before possibly lifting sanctions on the government of Sudan. The State Department has included Sudan in its list of “countries of particular concern” since the designation was first used in 1999.

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  • Two jailed Christians pardoned amid Sudan persecution

    May 17 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Two jailed Christians pardoned amid Sudan persecution

    A pastor and another Christian unjustly imprisoned in Sudan are free after presidential pardons, but their release came just days after the government destroyed the last Christian place to worship in Soba al Aradi, a suburb of the capital Khartoum.

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  • Five WHO aid workers nabbed in Somalia

    April 13 2017 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Five WHO aid workers nabbed in Somalia

    Somali-based extremist group al-Shabaab has abducted five World Health Organization (WHO) employees working in the country, security officials said. The report comes as aid workers responding to the humanitarian crisis in some parts of the continent battle security risks. “We are now pursuing them to free the abducted men,” Deeq Abdi Khaliif said.

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  • Humanitarian emergency: Africa’s famine & drought

    March 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Humanitarian emergency: Africa’s famine & drought

    Hunger and thirst often prevent members of Kamakowa Baptist Church in Kimusu, Kenya from attending worship, pastor Tom Ogalo Ngoya said in an appeal for aid to the country where drought is a national disaster. “It’s [disheartening] to watch your children beg for water and food,” Ngoya stated in an email.

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  • Gardner-Webb divinity alum brings hope to Sudan

    March 21 2017 by Gardner-Webb Communications | with 0 comments
    Gardner-Webb divinity alum brings hope to Sudan

    The people of South Sudan flee their war-torn country looking for refuge in Uganda. Mostly women and children, they experience the trauma of losing husbands, fathers, siblings and their own self-worth. Jamie Elizabeth Efird, a graduate of Gardner-Webb University, has worked with mission groups to bring them a message of hope.

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  • 25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

    February 22 2017 by Morning Star News, Sudan correspondent | with 0 comments
    25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

    State officials in Sudan plan to demolish at least 25 church buildings in the Khartoum area, according to Christian leaders. The government reportedly claimed the churches were built on land zoned for other uses, but Christian leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity.

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  • Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    February 1 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    Persecution against Christians is ranked “extreme” and “severe” in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the U.S. Six of the countries are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest.

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  • Christian pastor freed in Sudan, others still charged

    January 4 2017 by Morning Star News, Sudan correspondent | with 0 comments
    Christian pastor freed in Sudan, others still charged

    A court in Khartoum, Sudan, released a pastor from prison Jan. 2 after acquitting him of charges punishable by the death penalty, sources said. Kwa (also spelled Kuwa) Shamaal was acquitted of charges ranging from spying to inciting hatred against the government, his attorney Muhanad Nur said.

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  • ISIS sends child slaves on suicide missions

    September 8 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    ISIS sends child slaves on suicide missions

    Though Turkish officials are still investigating who is responsible for a recent suicide attack that killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding, they initially thought the bomber was a child, likely linked to Islamic State (ISIS). Whether the claim proves true, evidence shows ISIS exploits boys and girls as bombers, combatants, and sex slaves.

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  • South Sudanese soldiers assault Western aid workers

    August 25 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    South Sudanese soldiers assault Western aid workers

    South Sudanese troops raped and assaulted several foreigners and aid workers in a hotel complex, singling out Americans, after winning a battle last month against opposition forces, witnesses told The Associated Press. United Nations peacekeepers and several embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, failed to respond to the calls for help.

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  • South Sudan’s crisis stirs call to prayer

    July 22 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    South Sudan’s crisis stirs call to prayer

    With South Sudan on the brink of renewed civil war, a Southern Baptist-led relief organization and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary remain unrelenting in their ministries there, amid what one aid worker called “a bigger humanitarian crisis than Syria.” “There is no hope other than Jesus,” said Ann Rao, founder of Living Water Community Transformation.

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  • Sudan releases church leader held since Dec.

    May 12 2016 by The Sudan correspondent, Morning Star News | with 0 comments
    Sudan releases church leader held since Dec.

    Telahoon Nogose Kassa, head of discipleship at the embattled Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, was released May 10 after Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services arrested him without charges Dec. 13, 2015. He was one of two church leaders jailed without charges.

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  • Sudan releases pastor held without charges

    February 2 2016 by Morning Star News/Sudan Correspondent | with 0 comments
    Sudan releases pastor held without charges

    Sudanese authorities have released one of two pastors detained without charges since December 2015. Kwa Shamaal, head of missions for the Sudanese Church of Christ, was arrested Dec. 18 and released Dec. 21, but had been required to report daily to the office of the National Intelligence and Security …

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  • 2 Sudanese Christian leaders arrested

    December 22 2015 by Morning Star News staff | with 0 comments
    2 Sudanese Christian leaders arrested

    Security officials have arrested two Sudanese Christian leaders near Khartoum and are seeking to re-imprison two pastors who were freed in August, Morning Star News has reported. The National Intelligence and Security Services arrested two leaders of the Sudan Church of Christ at their respective homes Dec. 18.

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