Barnabas Briefs: Sudan, Nigeria, Vietnam & Indonesia

July 9, 2014 by  
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SUDAN: MERIAM IBRAHIM RELEASED AGAIN, GIVEN REFUGE AT US EMBASSY

Meriam IbrahimMeriam Ibrahim has been released from jail again and given refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum with her husband and children.

The 27-year-old, who was sentenced to death for apostasy in May, was cleared on appeal and freed from prison last Monday (23 June), only to be detained at the airport with her family as they tried to leave the country the following day. She has been charged with forgery relating to a travel document and accused of providing false information.

Meriam was released on Thursday evening (26 June) after a guarantor was found, on the condition that she remains in Sudan.

Her husband, Daniel Wani, who has joint US and South Sudanese citizenship, said that they sought protection at the US embassy because of death threats against Meriam. He said that she and their two children, 22-month-old son Martin and newborn daughter Maya, were doing well.

NIGERIA: CHRISTIANS KILLED AT WORSHIP, CHURCHES TORCHED IN SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM ATTACKS

boko haram leaderSuspected Boko Haram gunmen have carried out more deadly attacks on villages near Chibok, where the militants kidnapped around 270 mostly Christian schoolgirls in April.

The attackers burst into four churches in Kwada on Sunday (29 June) and opened fire on worshippers before setting the buildings – and local homes – alight. They moved on to neighbouring Kautikari, where they also shot dead villagers and torched properties. The villages of Ngurojina and Karagau were also targeted.

The total death toll is not clear, but it is thought that scores of people were killed in the attacks.

Boko Haram militants have been carrying out near-daily assaults around Chibok, a Christian-majority area in the predominantly Muslim north.

VIETNAM: BIBLE SCHOOL STUDENTS BEATEN IN NIGHT-TIME RAID, INTERROGATED BY POLICE

Vietnam ChristiansBible school students were subjected to a terrifying night-time raid by police and hired thugs; they were beaten, punched and kicked before being taken away for interrogation.

Officers swooped into the church compound in Binh Duong province on 9 June from adjacent rooftops, while several vehicle-loads of people were brought to the site to vandalise the building with bricks, stones and sticks.

Police said they were conducting an “administrative search”, but a church leader said that “the overwhelming force and brutality used was aimed at terrorising especially the young among the Christians to dissuade them from association” with the church. Of the 76 detained in the raid, 20 required medical attention for their injuries but were prevented from leaving to find treatment.

Attacks by the thugs on the church compound continued over the next ten nights.

– morning star news

INDONESIA: CHURCH ATTACKED BY MASKED MUSLIMS DURING SERVICE

Indonesia ChristiansA church came under attack during a service on Sunday morning (29 June) by masked intruders dressed in black and shouting “Allahu Akhbar” (“Allah is great”).

Three groups of assailants burst into the building in Pugeran, Yogyakarta, and vandalised property and posters on display.

The incident coincided with the start of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, in Indonesia.

It follows an attack by Islamic extremists on a group of Christians praying together in a private home in Yogyakarta on 29 May.

– barnabas team

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