Barnabas Briefs 20 November 2013

November 26, 2013 by  
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NORTH KOREA: PEOPLE CAUGHT WITH BIBLES AMONG 80 KILLED IN PUBLIC EXECUTIONS

People caught with bibles among 80 killed in public executionsPeople caught in possession of a Bible were among 80 killed in public executions in seven North Korean cities on 3 November.

Witnesses of one of the executions, in Wonsan, said that eight people were tied to stakes at a local stadium, had their heads covered with sacks and were then killed by machine-gun fire. Around 10,000 people, including children, were forced to watch.

Those executed were mostly accused of minor “offences” such as watching or illegally trafficking South Korean films. “Accomplices” or relatives who were implicated in the “crimes” were sent to prison camps.

SOMALIA: CHRISTIAN FATHER OF FIVE SHOT DEAD BY SUSPECTED AL-SHABAAB MILITANTS

Al-Shabaab militantsA Christian father of five, whose wife is pregnant with their sixth child, was shot dead by suspected al-Shabaab militants as he was coming home from work.

Abdikhani Hassan was killed by two gunmen on 20 October after closing his pharmacy in the Dharkenley district of the capital, Mogadishu.

Before the shooting, one of the attackers told Abdikhani’s Muslim neighbour, “We have information that Hassan is spreading wrong religion to our people, and we are looking for him.”

Al-Shabaab, which has vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity, is believed to be behind the murders of numerous converts from Islam in the country.

IRAN: CHRISTIAN PRISONER IN CRITICAL CONDITION TOLD TO MAKE UP TIME SPENT IN HOSPITAL

Christian PrisonerA Christian prisoner in Iran who is in critical ill-health has finally been allowed to undergo urgently needed surgery – but has been ordered to make up the time away from prison.

Vahid Hakkani, whose sentence of three years and eight months was upheld by an appeal court last month, was suffering internal bleeding that had progressively deteriorated during his time in detention. At times he was losing 300cc of blood in a single day.

He was told months ago by prison doctors that he urgently needed surgery, but officials refused to arrange a transfer to hospital. A two-month leave permit was eventually granted by a judge on the condition that Vahid post bail of around US$70,000 and make up the time he spends in hospital.

– morning star news / barnabas team

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