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Ugandan Girl Tortured for Christ Regaining Use of Legs
Released from hospital, Susan Ithungu takes steps with support.


By Simba Tian

BWERA, Uganda – A 15-year-old Christian girl in western Uganda who lost the use of her legs after her father locked her in a room for six months for leaving Islam has begun to take tentative steps.  Read more >>




Somali Convert from Islam Whipped in Public


Woman left bleeding in front of hundreds of spectators for becoming Christian.


By Simba Tian


NAIROBI, Kenya – A Somali convert from Islam was paraded before a cheering crowd last month and publicly flogged as a punishment for embracing a “foreign religion,” sources said.


Sofia Osman, a 28-year-old Christian from Janale city in Somali’as Lower Shabelle region, had been taken into custody by Islamic extremist al Shabaab militants in November; the public whipping was meant to mark her release. She received 40 lashes on Dec. 22 while jeered by spectators.

“Osman was whipped 40 lashes at 3 p.m., but she didn’t tell what other humiliations she had suffered while in the hands of the militants,” an eyewitness, told Compass, adding that whipping left her bleeding. “I saw her faint. I thought she had died, but soon she regained consciousness and her family took her away.” 


Burma’s Christian Civilians Attacked During Christmas
Government troops kill 47-year-old Christian, destroy church property in Kachin state.

By Vishal Arora


NEW DELHI – Attacks on Christians in Burma continued into the Christmas season in Kachin state as Burmese Army   troops killed a civilian and destroyed church property despite President Thein Sein’s order to stop the war against insurgents.

Baptist church where the Maran Zau Ja was buried

Compass Direct News

A Baptist church in Loije, Bhamo district, held a funeral on Dec. 27 for 47-year-old Maran Zau Ja, who was shot dead without provocation by Burmese Army ’s Light Infantry Battalion No. 321 on Christmas Day, a Kachin source told Compass by phone.

Zau Ja was a farmer who was returning from his sugarcane field with a friend when troops sprayed bullets at them. His friend survived the gunshots.
The two were not armed insurgents of the Kachin Independence Army  (KIA), the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) that has fought for autonomy in the Christian-majority state since the early 1960s, when then-Burmese Prime Minister U Nu made Buddhism the state religion.  Read more >>





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