Barnabas briefs: Vietnam, Kenya, Cameroon & Iran

January 9, 2014 by  
Filed under newsletter-world, Persecution

VIETNAM: CHRISTIAN GROUP BLOCKED FROM GIVING BLANKETS TO ORPHANS; LEADER TORTURED

Vietnam ChristiansA group of Christian volunteers were blocked from delivering Christmas gifts to orphans; police ordered them to turn back, and the group’s leader was beaten and tortured by a local Communist Party leader.

The church members were trying to give out blankets to orphans and the poor in the mountainous area of Kontum province on 17 December and were halfway to their destination when they were stopped by the police.

The group’s leader was hospitalised with multiple internal injuries sustained in the assault by the official.

KENYA: CHURCH BUILDING DESTROYED IN CHRISTMAS DAY BOMBING

Kenya ChristiansPetrol bombs were thrown at two churches in Kenya on Christmas Day; one of the buildings was completely destroyed.

The attacks in the predominantly Muslim port city of Mombasa happened in the early hours of 25 December following late-night Christmas services.

Church members had previously reported threats from youths who had ordered them to close down. Moses Andayi, a member of Christ Outreach Church, which was destroyed, said:

To do this on Christmas Day is an attempt to send a very strong message to us.

Police are investigating suspicions that the attacks were carried out by youths linked to militant Islamist group al-Shabaab and/or supporters of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council, which wants the Muslim-majority coastal region to secede from Kenya.

CAMEROON: FRENCH CHURCH LEADER KIDNAPPED BY BOKO HARAM RELEASED

Cameroon ChristiansA French church leader who was abducted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Cameroon has been freed.

Georges Vandenbeusch (42) was seized from his home on the night of 13 November. He was released on New Year’s Eve and arrived back in France the following day.

A Boko Haram source said that the minister was freed on “compassionate grounds” and had offered his medical expertise to members of the group who were unwell during his captivity.

Both the French government and Boko Haram denied that a ransom had been paid.

IRAN: CHRISTMAS HOUSE CHURCH GATHERING RAIDED; FIVE CHRISTIANS ARRESTED

Christians in IranFive converts from Islam to Christianity were arrested in a raid on a house-church Christmas gathering.

The Christians had congregated at the home of Mr Hosseini in eastern Tehran on Christmas Eve. Armed, plain-clothes security officers raided the premises, insulted and searched those present and seized Christian books, CDs and laptops as well as a satellite TV receiver.

Mr Hosseini, Ahmad Bazyar, Faegheh Nasrollahi, Mastaneh Rastegari and Amir-Hossein Ne’matollahi were arrested and taken to an unknown location.

– barnabas team

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