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For the ONE Church - Egypt

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Egypt’s main source of income, tourism, has suffered greatly since the revolution in 2011. Ongoing acts of terrorism, some of which have targeted Westerners, have frightened most tourists away. There is a large gap between the upper and lower classes in...

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ERITREA: THIRTY-FIVE CHRISTIANS RELEASED FROM PRISON BUT HUNDREDS MORE REMAIN

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On July 17, Eritrea released 35 Christians (11 women and 24 men) from prison, causing speculation as to whether this event could signal a change in the country’s persecution of Christians, According to Voice of the Martyrs Korea board chair Hyun Sook Foley, however, while the release of...

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For the ONE Church - Azerbaijan

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Azerbaijan’s economy is dependent on oil and gas, but corruption and an authoritarian government have impeded economic growth in the former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea. Poverty has been reduced in recent years, and the country’s...

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NEPAL: ANTI-CONVERSION LAW RUMORED TO TARGET CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN NEPAL

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Starting August 15th, the government of Nepal will enforce a law which prohibits conversion to Christianity. This “anti-conversion” law was established last year to prevent conversions to Christianity in the former Hindu kingdom and is only now being implemented. “Only a small...

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For the ONE Church - Bangladesh

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. Churches are careful when they conduct food distributions because they do not want to encourage false conversions among people who claim Christianity solely for economic benefit. Bangladesh is a Muslim...

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KYRGYZSTAN: CHURCH OF MUSLIM CONVERTS TOLD TO CLOSE

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(July 12, 2018) A church in Kyrgyzstan that is home to many former Muslims has been ordered to cease its Sunday worship. A local source told World Watch Monitor that services at the church, which is led by a convert from Islam, have been interrupted twice in the last few months by a group of...

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For the ONE Church - Nepal

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DESIGNATION: Hostile BACKGROUND: Located in the Himalayas north of India, Nepal is extremely poor. Foreign relief money poured into the country after the devastating 2015 earthquake, but corruption is rampant and the aid hasn’t led to significant improvements. The 2015 constitution...

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For the ONE Church - Kyrgyzstan

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest former Soviet states in Central Asia. Only 10 percent of this mountainous country is suitable for farming; as a result, the Kyrgyz people have a proud nomadic tradition centered on raising sheep and horses. Conflicts...

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For the ONE Church - Comoros

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Tourists are welcome in this poor island nation located off the East African coast. Its densely packed population is a mix of Arabs, Persians, Indonesians, Africans and Indians. With few job opportunities, many Comorians try to leave the country. Because of...

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For the ONE Church - Israel

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DESIGNATION: Hostile (Restricted in Gaza and the West Bank) BACKGROUND: Israel is home to two very different and divided cultures and people. The decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians over land, the status of Jerusalem and the status of Palestinian refugees remains one of the...

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