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Press Releases

19 June 2017

Christian families from Qaraqosh, Iraq, repair homes damaged by Islamic State

One of those who has received support is Najib Ina. His home was used by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) to store all the sand and stones when they were digging a tunnel, and there is a large hole in one of the floors where the tunnel was started. Read more...

08 June 2017

Christians in Qatar - Pray for us in this time of crisis.

Christians in Qatar are requesting prayer for the current diplomatic crisis their country is in. A growing number of Arab countries has cut all ties with Qatar. Read more...

26 May 2017

Ramadan worries for Christians at risk of persecution

This Saturday, in about 50 countries across the world, some 1.6 billion Muslims will begin fasting from sunrise to sunset for the 30 days of Ramadan. Read more...

25 May 2017

Persecuted Christians pray for Manchester

Persecuted Christians around the world are praying for the Manchester terror attack victims. Open Doors contacts in some of the countries where it is most dangerous to be a Christian have shared their messages of support. Read more...

02 May 2017

Families in Syria repairing damaged homes and starting new businesses

Despite enduring over six years of war, some of Syria's displaced Christians are returning to their towns and repairing their homes, and others are starting new businesses, with support from anti-persecution charity Open Doors. Read more...

16 April 2017

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians celebrate Easter in liberated Bartella

300 Christians were able to celebrate Easter in their village, Bartella, about 12km from Mosul, for the first time in three years on Saturday 15 April. Read more...

13 April 2017

Widow of guard killed in Egypt Palm Sunday attack: "I forgive my husband's killer"

The widow of Naseem Fahmi, the guard who prevented the Palm Sunday bomber in Alexandria from reaching the Coptic Pope Tawardos on Sunday, has said that she forgives her husband's killer. Read more...

13 April 2017

Over 200 Chibok girls still missing three years after abduction

Three years on (14.02.17) from the abduction of 275 Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants, 205 girls are still missing. Just a few days ago, an Open Doors worker spoke to Yakubu Nkeki Maina, a representative of the Chibok parents. Read more...

11 April 2017

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians return to burned out churches and celebrate Palm Sunday

On 9 April hundreds of Christians celebrated Palm Sunday in burned out churches in Qaraqosh and Karamles, towns near Mosul that were recently liberated from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). Read more...

30 March 2017

STUDENTS REMEMBER KENYA'S GARISSA UNIVERSITY MASSACRE ON TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Two Christian students who survived the al-Shabaab attack on Kenya's Garissa University on 2 April 2015 have spoken to anti-persecution charity Open Doors about their experience as the two year anniversary approaches. Read more...

29 March 2017

Yemen - Baptisms still happening despite two years of war in country where leaving Islam is punishable by death

A vicious civil war has been devastating Yemen for two years. While Yemeni society is still dominated by strict Islamic rule, some Christian pastors baptise new believers regularly. Jamil*, a former Yemeni Muslim now a Christian pastor, shares a unique insight into the body of Christ in Yemen.Read more...

22 March 2017

Displaced woman brings hope to widows and orphans in Nigeria

A Nigerian woman who has twice been displaced by Boko Haram has started a small NGO to support widows and orphans with support from anti-persecution charity Open Doors.Read more...

15 March 2017

Christians denied access to vital aid as humanitarian crisis hits sub-Saharan Africa

With millions of people facing starvation and famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Christian persecution charity Open Doors is supporting displaced Christians who have faced discrimination in the distribution of vital aid.Read more...

14 March 2017

Open Doors partners support Syrian children as 2016 is declared deadliest year for children caught up in the war

Open Doors local partners are bringing hope to children in Syria as Unicef declares 2016 the deadliest year yet for children caught up in the conflict. The UN estimates that 5.8 million children are in need inside Syria with some 281,000 living under siege and 2.8 million trapped in hard to reach areas.Read more...

06 March 2017

Six women from the persecuted church to be inspired by on International Women's Day

Christian persecution charity Open Doors will be encouraging people to remember the women of the persecuted church on International Women's Day, 8 March, with the stories of six inspiring women who have faced persecution because of their faith.Read more...

23 February 2017

Christians who worked in Mosul find hope in new stone factory

As the battle for Mosul continues, 50 people who could no longer work in Mosul after the self-proclaimed Islamic State took over have found employment and hope for the future in a stone factory, set up with the help of Open Doors.Read more...

20 February 2017

Christian in Arabian Peninsula defies laws against evangelism by leaving Bibles on doorsteps

A Christian in a strict Muslim country is getting around laws against sharing his faith by leaving Bibles on doorsteps during the night.Read more...

08 February 2017

Migrants working on Qatar World Cup building projects find Christian faith

Despite finding work in Qatar, a strictly Muslim nation, migrant workers there are reporting that many are discovering the Christian faith as they come to work on the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.Read more...

30 January 2017

Severe prison sentences for Czech aid worker and two Sudanese men imprisoned in Khartoum, Sudan

Speaking today, 30.01.17, about the harsh prison sentences handed down to a Czech aid worker and two Sudanese men imprisoned in Sudan, Lisa Pearce, Chief Executive of Open Doors UK & Ireland, said: "I am deeply saddened to hear this verdict.Read more...

11 January 2017

WORLD WATCH LIST LAUNCH 2017

Biggest rise in persecution of Christians is in India, Bangladesh and surrounding countries according to 2017 Open Doors World Watch List.Read more...

22 November 2016

Church in Syria to celebrate Christmas by serving refugees

A Syrian church leader has told Open Doors how his church will celebrate Christmas by taking gifts to refugees and telling refugee children the nativity story. Read more...

17 November 2016

7,000 Iraqi Christian refugees to celebrate 'Return Festival' on Friday as Nineveh plains liberation continues

A festival of music and dance to encourage 7,000 displaced Iraqi Christians will be held on Friday (18 November) in Erbil, Iraq, entitled 'The Return Festival' Read more...

14 November 2016

Iraq, Nineveh plains - Open Doors partners help Christians build businesses and rebuild their lives

Christians in Iraq are rebuilding their lives with micro-loans that enable them to build businesses to provide a stable, sustainable future for their families. The loans, funded by Open Doors and distributed by churches and local partners, fund businesses as diverse as honey production, barbers shops, farms and shoe shops. Read more...


14 November 2016

Iraq, Nineveh plain, Open Doors helps displaced Christians prepare to return home.

As the liberation of the Nineveh plains begins, Open Doors partners on the ground in Iraq are monitoring the situation and planning how they will support displaced people to return to Mosul and the surrounding villages if and when it is safe for them to do so. Read more...


10 November 2016

Open Doors sponsors safe space for vulnerable children in Homs, Syria

Children in Homs province, Syria, have been playing in a Child Friendly Space funded by Open Doors and run by a partner organisation in Syria. Read more...


9 November 2016

Real 'wall' in Mexico is between evangelical and 'traditional' church as Christians are imprisoned and displaced

More than Donald Trump's infamous wall, the divide that concerns many Mexican Christians isn't a physical one between their country and America, but an invisible one between them and the 'traditionalist' church Read more...


26 October 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND'S FIRST MINISTER PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ AT OPEN DOORS CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

The First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon. Arlene Foster, has paid tribute to the plight of Christians throughout the Middle East who have chosen to stay in areas of conflict to play their part in building peace, stability and harmony. Read more...


30 September 2016

Open Doors launches emergency appeal for vital work in Aleppo and beyond

Responding today to the crisis in Aleppo, the charity Open Doors is asking people to raise funds for emergency food and medicines and for trauma care for the families affected by the humanitarian crisis that continues and deepens inside Syria.Read more...


6 September 2016

UK churches to support trauma centre in Nigeria following meeting with Chibok parents

Following a trip to Nigeria, where UK church leaders met with some of the parents of the abducted Chibok girls, churches in the UK and Ireland will be partnering with anti-persecution charity Open Doors to open a trauma care centre for victims of persecution in northern Nigeria.Read more...


30 August 2016

Christians in Syria and Iraq do not want to be seen as victims – Open Doors campaigns for a better future for this beleaguered minority

Anti-persecution charity Open Doors is launching Hope For The Middle East - a global campaign to support persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. For the first time in the charity's 60-year history it is mobilising people from across the globe to give and speak out, as well as taking the campaign to Christians who are themselves victims of persecution in other parts of the world. Read more...


04 August 2016

Two years after Christians fled the Nineveh plains, Iraqi Christians say they want to stay and rebuild Iraq

Two years after thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes in the Nineveh plains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Iraqi Christians and church leaders have spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about their desire to remain in Iraq and play a vital role in rebuilding their nation. Read more...


26 July 2016

Open Doors Comment on tragic killing of Priest in France

Responding to the attack near Rouen earlier today a spokesperson for anti-persecution charity Open Doors said” This tragic attack, so close to home and following other recent horrors, is another example of the persecution we see all too often in countries around the world. Read more...


26 July 2016

Christian from Hindu background forced to 'reconvert' in India

Neeraj*, a Christian from a Hindu background, has spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about being forced to reconvert to Hinduism through intimidation by Hindu radicals last year. Read more...


8 July 2016

Family receives a new home and a new start following India riots

Hari* and Rani* lost everything in the riots of August 2008 in Odisha (formerly known as Orissa). They were forced to live in a makeshift hut and struggled to make ends meet, but Open Doors partners have been able to provide them with a new home and a new start. Read more...


7 July 2016

Girl found dead in Indian jungle, faith-related murder suspected

Samjheera (20) from Dumra, Latehar District in Jharkhand State, India, was found dead in a jungle near her village on 14 June. Local Christians suspect the girl was killed because of her Christian faith. Read more...


4 July 2016

'I thought I was going to die': family beaten for their Christian faith in India

An Indian family have been forced into hiding after they faced harassment and beatings from their community for leaving Hinduism to become Christians. Read more...


27 June 2016

Syrian Christian from Raqqa describes life inside IS stronghold

Two years after the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) declared a caliphate on 30 June 2014, a Christian man who lived under the rule of IS in Raqqa, Syria, after paying a special tax to enable him to remain there as a Christian, has spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about his life there. Read more...


13 June 2016

UK supporter spends a week 'living like a refugee' to raise funds for Syrian refugee children

A UK supporter of persecution charity Open Doors has spent a week 'living like a refugee' to raise funds to run a children's camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, before travelling to Lebanon to help to lead the children's camps. Read more...


6 June 2016

Secret Christian pretends to fast during Ramadan to avoid persecution

A secret Christian from southeast Asia has spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about how he must pretend to take part in Ramadan fasting to avoid persecution. Read more...


30 May 2016

Secret Christian risks death in Saudi Arabia

Open Doors contacts have been supporting a secret believer, Mohammed* from Saudi Arabia, after he learned about the Christian faith on the internet. Read more...


6 May 2016

Bible smuggling continues over 60 years after the work of Open Doors began

Over 60 years after Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, began smuggling Christian literature behind the Iron Curtain, Open Doors continues to smuggle Bibles and other Christian books into places where Christians face the most severe persecution. Read more...


6 May 2016

Christians in Aleppo call for day of prayer and fasting as violence escalates

Christians in Aleppo are calling on the global church to join them in a day of prayer this Sunday, 8 May. This prayer day has been prompted by the intensive bombing that the city has just seen, killing hundreds and even hitting hospitals.
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5 May 2016

Korean Chinese Pastor Martyred by North Korean Spies

North Korean secret agents have martyred a Korean Chinese pastor who lived in Chiangbai, a town on the Chinese side of the Sino-Korean border. Han Choong Yeol was active in helping North Korean refugees by giving them food, medicines, clothes and other goods they needed for survival back in North Korea. Read more...


11 April 2016

Chibok families in poor health, without schools and struggling to survive, says persecution charity Open Doors

Two years on from the abduction of the Chibok girls, their families are without schools for their children, experiencing medical problems and struggling to support themselves, according to persecution charity Open Doors. Read more...