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Category: Africa

Christian Families in Nigeria Broken by Boko Haram
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Christian Families in Nigeria Broken by Boko Haram

 Nigeria  – Regina Luka does not know whether it was rogue soldiers or Islamic terrorists who invaded her dual-family dwelling here and killed 10 Christians; she only knows her husband and two young children are dead. The 20-year-old Luka was recovering from gunshot and machete wounds on her legs and back when she spoke with […]

Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya
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Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya

Libya– Last week’s news of four Christian missionaries in Libya placed under arrest, possibly facing the death penalty for “proselytizing,” is apparently the tip of the iceberg. Yesterday, Arabic media reported that over 100 Christian Copts from Egypt, who appear to have been living and working in Libya, were recently arrested in Ben Ghazi—also on […]

Egyptian Christians Allege Torture at Hands of Libyan Islamists
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Egyptian Christians Allege Torture at Hands of Libyan Islamists

Libya – Libyan Islamists detained 48 Egyptian Christians in Benghazi last week, torturing them and using acid to burn off tattoos of the cross, according to family members. The Christians, who are peddlers, were arrested by Islamist Salafists in Benghazi, who said they had Christian icons at their marketplace stalls, according to Mideast Christian News. […]

Gunmen Attack Coptic Orthodox Church in Benghazi, Assault 2 Clergymen
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Gunmen Attack Coptic Orthodox Church in Benghazi, Assault 2 Clergymen

Benghazi – Islamic militiamen attacked Benghazi’s Coptic Orthodox Church on 3 February. During the incident in the capital of Cyrenaica, the gunmen assaulted two clergymen, Fr Paul Isaac and his assistant, whose name was not released, state-owned Libyan News Agency (LANA) reported last night. The foreign ministry said it “strongly condemned Thursday’s attack on the […]

Christians & Muslims Protest in Cairo Against Anti-Minority Violence
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Christians & Muslims Protest in Cairo Against Anti-Minority Violence

Cairo – Thousands of Christians and Muslims demonstrated yesterday in front of the United Nations Information Office in Cairo to protest the continuing violence and harassment of minorities. In a press release, the Maspero Youth Union, an organisation that defends the rights of Christians and young people involved in the Arab spring, slammed the Salafists […]

48 Egyptian Christians Arrested on Religious Grounds
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48 Egyptian Christians Arrested on Religious Grounds

Benghazi – Islamists in Benghazi continue their hunt of Christian workers in the country accusing them of proselytism. The latest case concerns the arrest of 48 Egyptian Coptic Orthodox traders arrested last week in the capital of Cyrenaica. They were detained after a complaint by some Libyans, suspicious of the religious imagery on the vendors […]

More Egyptian Christians Arrested in Libya
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More Egyptian Christians Arrested in Libya

Libya  -Dozens of Egyptian Christians were arrested Wednesday in Libya under charges of proselytization. The arrests were reported by the Facebook page “Yes to Secularism in Libya,” where a video was uploaded showing a group of Coptic Christians crowded into a room, after having their heads shaved by authorities. … One Coptic businessman said, “These […]

Egypt, Christian Churches Abandon "Useless" Dialogue with President
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Egypt, Christian Churches Abandon “Useless” Dialogue with President

Cairo – “The Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Churches have declined the invitation to the eighth session of the dialogue organized by President Mohamed Morsi.” This was confirmed to AsiaNews by Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church. The meeting was held on 26 February in Cairo. It was attended by some opposition leaders. […]

Death for Preaching Christ in ‘Liberated’ Libya
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Death for Preaching Christ in ‘Liberated’ Libya

Libya -Libyans—strongly supported by U.S. President Obama in the name of “freedom”—got rid of Gaddafi but kept the distinctly anti-freedom law. Discussing this case, Libyan security official Hussein Bin Hmeid, trying to justify the Islamic ban on free speech, observes: “Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100% Muslim country and this kind of […]

Christian Arrested for Proselytizing “Tortured” by Libyan Authorities
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Christian Arrested for Proselytizing “Tortured” by Libyan Authorities

Libya  -Libyan authorities continue to imprison Christians under accusations of proselytization. As of last week the number reached to seven in custody, including an Egyptian Copt named Sherif Ramses who sources say has been tortured. … “All the detainees were being held in Benghazi,” the paper noted, though it added that the prisoners have yet […]