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Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi

March 2015

IRAQ: ACN demands David Cameron take action on UN report
23 March 2015
After a UN report said recent atrocities against Christians and other minorities in Iraq could be classed as genocide, ACN has called on the government to take action.

INDIA: Charity calls on Indian President to condemn attacks against Christians
19 March 2015
Aid to the Church in Need called on President Modi to condemn the gang rape of a 72-year-old nun in India.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Bishop of Goma condemns slaying of priest
17 March 2015
Bishop Theophile Kaboy of Goma has spoken out about the murder of a priest who was machine gunned as he locked up Church.

PAKISTAN: Prime Minister to blame for not protecting Christians says Archbishop
16 March 2015
As 14 Christians were killed and more than 70 injured in attacks on churches yesterday, Archbishop Coutts of Karatchi claimed the PM ignored a court order to provide security of churches.

INDIA: Police accused of unprovoked violence against Christians
12 March 2015
Catholic priest describes being "choked" by police during protest march over violence against Christians.

SYRIA: Help for Syria and all across the world
9 March 2015
Christians and others fleeing Islamic State have been a key priority in ACN UK's latest help for the suffering Church.

SYRIA: Islamic State releases captives
2 March 2015
Reports state that the extremist group Islamic State has now released some of the Christian hostages it seized in north-east Syria last week.

February 2015

SYRIA: IS begins executing seized Christians
26 February 2015
Hostages seized after the extremist group calling itself Islamic State took Assyrian Christian villages in Hassake governorate, north-east Syria, have begun to be killed. Reports indicate that around 15 are dead.

SYRIA: Terror continues for Syria's Christians
25 February 2015
The terror group calling itself the Islamic State has stepped up efforts to to seize Christian villages in Hassake governorate, north-east Syria, leaving hundreds homeless.

SYRIA: Extremists seize Christian towns
24 February 2015
Around 600 families have fled the advance of extremist group Islamic State, which has attacked Christian villages in north-east Syria.

SYRIA: Nearly 1.7 million pounds announced in new emergency aid
20 February 2015
As the crisis grows in Syria, Aid to the Church in Need has announced 22 new aid projects totalling nearly 1.7 million pounds.

IRAQ & UNITED KINGDOM: Iraqi bishop tells UK: "We need your help"
16 February 2015
Archbishop Bashar Warda, who oversees the care of thousands of displaced Iraqis, has urged the UK Government and others to continue to support suffering communities threatened with destruction by extremists.

NIGERIA: Bishop attacks government corruption
11 February 2015
Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto has denounced corruption in Nigeria's government, highlighting the challenges the country faces after the election.

NIGERIA: Fear grows as elections draw near
6 February 2015
As Boko Haram violence increases north-east Nigeria a priest fears that the renewed onslaught could derail the forthcoming elections.


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