SOMALIA (EAST AFRICA) - A kidnapped Christian convert from Islam was found decapitated Sept. 2. Juma Nuradin Kamil was forced into a car on Aug. 21 by three suspected Islamic extremists from al Shabaab, a terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda who have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity. “It is usual for the al Shabaab to decapitate those they suspect to have embraced the Christian faith, or sympathizers of western ideals,” a Somali Christian leader said. “Our brother accepted the Christian faith three years ago and was determined in his faith in God. We greatly miss him.”
|The five Linfen church leaders released (China Aid)|
CHINA - After serving two years of physical and psychological torment, five house-church leaders were released last week from re-education through labor camps in China. Fao Fuqin, Zhao Guoai, Yang Caizhen, Yang Hongzhen and Li Shuangpin are all leaders in the 50,000-member Linfen City house churches. They were arrested Sept. 13, 2009, in the aftermath of an attack on Linfen when over 400 local police, government officials, and hired men attacked and demolished a church building, clashing with several hundred church members, sending 30 to the hospital. Church members are still scattered, but they continue to meet and worship in private homes. Despite their suffering the five leaders released last week say they now feel strong. "We who have been released express our most sincere gratitude to the brothers and sisters around the world who have been concerned about us and who have helped us," they said. Five more Linfen church leaders continue to serve prison terms of up to seven years.