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Thousands of Iraqis too scared to go home because of IS stigma

Thomson Reuters Foundation Hundreds of Iraqi families forced to flee last year’s fighting in Mosul are being prevented from returning home by their communities because they had a relative who joined the so-called Islamic State, an aid worker said on Tuesday. Communities are also barring some families from accessing aid for the same reason, said […]

Malaysian Federal Court refuses four people their right to affirm Christian identity

World Watch Monitor Malaysia’s highest court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal against four appellants who wanted to be formally recognised as Christians. The five judges of the Malaysian Federal Court ruled that in matters of conversion away from Islam, it was necessary for them to consult the Islamic Sharia courts. The president of the court, […]

World Evangelical Alliance calls for Algerian authorities to safeguard religious freedom of Christians

The World Evangelical Alliance’s Religious Liberty Commission has called on authorities in Algeria to ensure that the religious freedom of Christians is safeguarded. The call comes as the WEA-RLC says authorities in recent months have reportedly stepped up restrictions against Christian churches, orchestrating what Middle East Concern has said signal a “coordinated campaign of intensified […]


Love Your Neighbour

Religion is connected to much of the world’s violence. That’s understandable; religion has been the most important aspect of humanity for 95 per cent of our history. PICTURE: Nina Strehl/Unsplash But there’s one thing that has been connected to 100 per cent of the world’s violence – humans. Violence is a human problem not a […]

“No country can cope” – UN warns of hunger among refugees in Cameroon

Thomson Reuters Foundation Hundreds of thousands of people who sought shelter in Cameroon after fleeing violence will go hungry unless funds are made available, the UN deputy emergencies chief said. Ursula Mueller said donors had provided just five per cent of the $US305 million needed for Cameroon this year. “Given the magnitude of the crisis […]