Persecuted Church

Asia | Jan. 21 2021

Christian girl, 12, kidnapped, forced to marry

FAISALABAD, Pakistan — A 12-year-old Christian girl kidnapped last year and forced to marry a 45-year-old Muslim man was found chained... [READ MORE]

Africa | Jan. 14 2021

More Christians killed in Nigeria than other countries

Nigeria has moved into the top 10 on Open Doors’ World Watch List due to the number of Christians there who are being killed for their faith.... [READ MORE]

Asia | Jan. 14 2021

Each year 1,000 Pakistani girls forcibly converted to Islam

Neha loved the hymns that filled her church with music. But she lost the chance to sing them last year when, at the age of 14, she was forcibly... [READ MORE]

International News | Jan. 14 2021

Viral spread of persecution: Extremists use COVID-19 to perpetrate persecution

Across the globe, extremists have used COVID-19 to expand their atrocities against Christians and other religious minorities, according to Open... [READ MORE]

Africa | Jan. 3 2021

Ugandan pastor killed after radio broadcast comparing faiths

ADUKU, Uganda — Muslim extremists in Uganda killed a pastor Oct. 31 following a radio broadcast in which he compared Christianity and Islam.... [READ MORE]

Africa | Dec. 22 2020

Christmas holiday bus attacks in Kenya bring condemnation from Christian and Muslim leaders

Nairobi, Kenya — Christians traveling on buses for Christmas holiday close to the border with Somalia have recently become targets of the Somalian... [READ MORE]

Africa | Dec. 21 2020

Boy, 7, hospitalized after Muslim teens attack him for father’s faith

DHOBLEY, Somalia — A 7-year-old boy was hospitalized for three days after male Muslim teenagers attacked him for his father’s Christian faith.... [READ MORE]

Africa | Dec. 14 2020

Pastor, two women in Nigeria captured by Islamic extremists

JOS, Nigeria — Islamic extremists captured a pastor and two women Oct. 19 who were traveling from Jos to Gombe, Nigeria, to participate in... [READ MORE]

Africa | Dec. 9 2020

State Department adds Nigeria to list of most serious religious freedom violators

The U.S. State Department has added Nigeria to its list of countries deemed to have the most egregious violations of religious freedom. Sam Brownback,... [READ MORE]

Asia | Dec. 7 2020

Christian father in Pakistan acquitted of blasphemy charges

LAHORE, Pakistan — A Christian sentenced to death for a blasphemy conviction was acquitted Oct. 5 by a Pakistani high court. Sawan Masih, a... [READ MORE]