The American Center for Law and Justice is calling on the Obama administration to provide documentation showing what it's doing to help Christians suffering persecution and genocide in Syria following revelations that less than 1 percent of all admitted refugees are religious minorities seeking asylum.
The conservative law group cited U.S. government statistics which show that among the Syrian refugees being granted asylum in the United States this year, only 56 of the 11,000 are Christians.
In response to the low number of Christians being granted asylum in the U.S., the ACLJ said on Wednesday that it has filed a Joint Status Report that requires the State Department to provide documentation about what it's doing to help Christians before Dec. 28. more >>
A number of women and young girls who were rescued from the clutches of radical Islamic jihadist groups in Nigeria were also victimized and raped by the government officials entrusted to protect them, according to Human Rights Watch.
"It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram. It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them," says Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch, in a new report that reveals the women's abusers included camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen and soldiers.
Four of the victims who shared their stories with HRW said they were drugged and raped, while at least 37 others said they were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material help. more >>
A Christian refugee from Mosul has said that although Christianity teaches the importance of forgiveness, she cannot bring herself to forgive what the Islamic radicals have done to the people in Iraq.
"They say ours is a religion of forgiveness, but I will never forgive them," Anne Danyale said of the Islamic State terror group in an interview with CNN.
"What we witnessed and what we left behind ... how they drove us out," she added. "I will never forgive them. ... I pray that God punishes them for what they did to us." more >>
A number of Protestant churches in Austria have slammed a right-wing politician for using God's name in a campaign slogan, arguing that God shouldn't be used as a means to attack other people and cultures.
"God cannot be manipulated for personal intentions or political purposes," declared the joint statement of Protestant leaders as read by Bishop Michael Buenker.
"We consider that mentioning God for one's own political interests and using Him along with reference to the Christian West to indirectly attack other religions and cultures amounts to an abuse of His name and of religion in general," the statement continued, according to BBC News. more >>
As Iraqi-led coalition forces fight to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul and surrounding areas from the Islamic State, two Nineveh towns that were once home to hundreds of Christian families have finally been liberated from the barbaric death cult, according to the Archbishop of Erbil.
Speaking to The Christian Post on Friday, Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said the hopes of thousands of displaced Christian families are on the rise knowing that there is finally a concentrated ground effort to reclaim and liberate their homelands from IS.
It was reported earlier this week that Iraqi-led forces, including Kurdish Peshmerga troops and Christian militia fighters, have besieged and are battling to liberate the once-largest Christian town in Iraq, Qaraqosh. Warda told CP that coalition forces have already liberated two smaller Christian villages of Bartella and Mar Oraha, which are situated just miles outside of Mosul. more >>
It was in June of 2014 that ISIS first arrived in Mosul. Four short days later, the city fell into the hands of the terrorists. Its population, once estimated at over 1.8 million, dwindled as thousands of residents fled. Those who remain are now being held captive by thousands of ISIS fighters.
Now, the long-awaited campaign to liberate Mosul is finally underway. However, just as with previous military operations in both Iraq and Syria, it's the aftermath of liberation that poses the most sobering challenges to the international community.
What is the right way forward, both politically and from a humanitarian aid perspective, in a region of the world that has been in crisis for decades? more >>