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For the ONE Church – Uzbekistan

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DESIGNATION: Restricted  BACKGROUND: Uzbekistan’s economy is based on cotton, so much so that schools close during the cotton harvest so children can help their parents in the fields. The country’s authoritarian government systematically tortures prisoners. Uzbekistan is...

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For the ONE Church – Syria

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Syria has endured civil war since 2011. Rebel groups control large portions of the country, and an estimated 4.1 million Syrians have left since 2011. In addition, about 6.5 million Syrians are displaced within Syria. MAJOR RELIGIONS: Syria is majority Sunni...

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<International Prayer for the Middle East> - Jordan

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*Farrah Means “happiness” in Arabic. “But I was not happy, and my husband used to beat me. He would throw dinner in the trash that I spent hours on and say he hated it and then pronounce and Islamic curse over me. I was depressed and gloomy all the time. The beatings got...

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CHRISTIAN WOMAN DETAINED AFTER TRYING TO SHARE FAITH WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT

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Dalian, Liaoning—March 21, 2018 Voice of the Martyrs Korea and its partner China Aid report that Chinese public security bureau officers detained a Christian woman from China’s northeastern Liaoning province on March 16 after she tried to preach to Chinese President Xi Jinping while...

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For the ONE Church – Iran

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Iranians, descendants of the ancient Persians, are still affected by a costly war with Iraq in the 1980s. That war was preceded by the 1979 Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who returned from exile to lead the overthrow of the Shah. Though...

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For the ONE Church – Pakistan

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Originally created as an “answer” to India’s problem of finding a homeland for its Muslim population, Pakistan, located to the northwest of India, struggles with corruption and instability caused by extremist groups such as the Taliban and...

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For the ONE Church – NorthKorea

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: North Korea is considered to be the worst persecutor of Christians. The communist government depends on “Juche” (the North Korean ideology that demands subservience to the Kim family) to maintain stability, and Christianity is considered to be...

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For the ONE Church – Eritrea

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DESIGNATION: Restricted  BACKGROUND: Eritrea suffered a 30-year civil war after its annexation by Ethiopia in 1962. The conflict was resolved in 1991 when Eritrean rebels defeated Ethiopian government forces. Located on the Red Sea, Eritrea practices a form of old world communism: the...

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For the ONE Church – China

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: It is difficult to state generalities about this massive nation, as what is true in one province may not be true in another. In 2012 the nation became more urban than rural, with most of the population clustered on the east coast. An estimated 40 million...

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NEW RELIGION LAW IN VIETNAM FUELS CHRISTIANS’ FEARS

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China is not the only country which began 2018 with a new legal crackdown on Christian activity. On January 1st, Vietnam’s new Law on Belief and Religion went into effect, which requires all religious groups and activities to be registered and approved by the Government. President of Voice...

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