Updates on the Persecuted Church May 2019

Written by on May 22, 2019

This update from international mission agency Barnabas Fund

United Kingdom

UK government rejects racial definition of “Islamophobia”. The government has rejected a proposed definition of Islamophobia, saying that combining race and religion would cause “legal and practical issues”. Read full article

Burkina Faso

Death toll rises to 16 as Islamist gunmen carry out third brutal attack on Christians in Burkina Faso Islamist militant gunmen launched a third murderous attack on Christians in northern Burkina Faso on 13 May, bringing the death toll in their two-week rampage to 16. Read full article


Minister shot in Islamist militant attack on church meeting in Niger Islamist militants invaded a church meeting in Dolbel, about 50 km from Niger’s capital Niamey, shooting the minister as they made off with a stolen car, according to Barnabas Fund contacts. Read full article


Christian village ransacked and church buildings burnt out in Boko Haram attack in northern Cameroon. Two church buildings were burnt out in the latest Boko Haram attack on the mainly-Christian village of Grossi in the far north of Cameroon on Saturday 11 May. Read full article


Aasia Bibi’s lawyer takes up case of Pakistani Christian couple sentenced to death for “blasphemy”The lawyer who successfully defended Aasia Bibi is reportedly taking up another “blasphemy” case in Pakistan, this time involving a Christian couple who have endured five years on death row.Read full article


Christian mum stunned after teen son tricked into becoming Muslim on live Turkish TV The Christian mother of a 13-year-old boy is fuming after a Turkish TV star tricked her son into “converting” to Islam on a live show broadcast on 11 May. Read full article

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