American Aid Worker Kidnapped in Niger

Officials in nearby Mali report that two people were killed at the scene during the abduction.

CHR Comment: Youth with a Mission is a Christian aid society.

Source: American aid worker kidnapped in Niger

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Negotiations with Boko Haram Fail

They were lying in ambush. When the Boko Haram militants on board motorbikes saw a group of Christians returning home from church service, they opened fire, killing eight of them, according to survivors.

CHR Comment: The Nigerian government is trying to negotiate the release of kidnapped girls. Many of these girls come from Christian villages and families as earlier reports have shown. As negotiations failed, Boko Haram militants renewed their attacks.

Source: Boko Haram militants shoot Christians returning home from church in Nigeria, killing 8; 2 other attacks claim 10 lives | Christian News on Christian Today

Priests Kidnapped and Killed in Mexico

Roman Catholic Church officials pleaded on Thursday for the life of a priest who was kidnapped from his parish residence one day after two other priests were abducted and killed in another part of Mexico.

CHR Comment: Twenty-eight priests have been killed in Mexico since 2006. Father Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen remains missing.

Source: Priest kidnapped in Mexico adds to worries after 2 killed – The Washington Post

Pakistani Christian Girl Kidnapped, Father Murdered

The family of a Pakistani man who was killed while trying to rescue his Christian daughter from a forced Islamic marriage has been given hope for justice after the men who killed him were charged over the murder by state authorities.

CHR Comment: There is progress on this sad story as authorities seem willing to act.

Source: Pakistani Christian Family of Man Killed Trying to Save Daughter Kidnapped by Muslims to Finally Get Justice

Christian Girls Kidnapped in Egypt

A mass wave of Christian girls and women are being kidnapped and raped by Muslim men in Upper Egypt, a persecution watchdog group has warned.

CHR Comment: The article details the experience of one girl while referring to reports of numerous other incidents. It also refers to the destruction of historic churches in Egypt. In 2015 Al-Our was the proposed site for a new church dedicated to recent Coptic martyrs. However, the proposed project brought violent protests from Muslims. See second link below.

I’ve added a third story  below about Al-Our.

Source: Christian Girl Reveals Horrors of Muslim Mob in Egypt Kidnapping, Raping Women

https://churchhistoryreview.org/2015/04/06/al-our-copts-harassed-about-new-church/

http://www.christianpost.com/news/300-muslims-torch-coptic-christians-homes-in-egypt-as-warning-not-to-build-new-church-166129/

Rescued Schoolgirl Enslaved by Boko Haram

The first of the over 200 Christian schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram nearly two years ago, has been found with a baby and reunited with her family, igniting hope for the parents of the other girls as well.

CHR Comment: The Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. The young mother pictured above is the first to appear out of the Sambisa Forest where the girls were taken, though she reported that the others were still there except those who had died. The man who appeared with the Chibok schoolgirl claimed to be her husband. It is believed that kidnapped and enslaved Christian girls were taken as brides for the militants.

Many news organizations carried this story but did not report that the girls were Christians.

Source: First Christian Chibok Schoolgirl Rescued After 2 Years of Being Enslaved by Boko Haram