Joseph Hartropp 04 September 2017 |
A Christian Pakistani teenager was beaten to death by his Muslim classmates on his fourth day at his new school in the Vehari District of Punjab, Pakistan.
Sharoon Masih, 17, was a promising student who had joined MC Model Boys Government High School. Masih was the only Christian in his majority-Muslim form and was reportedly bulled and abused from his first day, his parents told the British Pakistani Christian Association.
Sharoon Masih was a promising student, but soon became a pariah in his new school.BCPA
Sharoon was named a ‘chura’, a derogatory term used for Christians, and was allegedly told by one student: ‘You’re a Christian, don’t dare sit with us if you want to live.’ It’s also said that there were several attempts to convert Sharoon to Islam. Continue reading “Pakistan: Christian boy beaten to death in his classroom”
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Groups of people who managed to escape the fighting in Marawi arrived at a madrasa in the city on Saturday. The army says that more than 150 people were rescued on Saturday, 46 of them children.
Among the escapees was Noor Lucman, an Islamic writer who helped shelter Christians from the Islamic State-affiliated (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) attackers. Lucman described proecting a group of Christians who were carrying out repair works at his home. “I had an ordeal because one day before the attack, there were some Christian workers who were in the house, fixing the small tower,” he said. “So when it happened, they could not leave the city. So I had to take responsibility and protected them.”
Lucman went on to explain that when the IS-affiliated fighters came knocking at his door he told them to leave. “If they knew that there were Christians in my house, they would all be beheaded and executed,” he stated.
Over 150 people have already died in the clashes after violence broke out on May 23, when Maute fighters gunned down several people in Marawi in response to the arrest of the alleged leader of the local IS branch, Isnilon Hapilon. Dozens of gunmen would go on to burn several buildings and plant the black flag of IS in the city centre.
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the area for a period of 60 days.
Muslim volunteers in Mosul, Iraq are helping to rebuild a church after they heard that Christian families were still being attacked within the city.
Credit: This Is Christian Iraq / Facebook
According to the Facebook group This Is Christian Iraq, young community Muslims volunteered to help rebuild the Monastery of Mar Georges in the Al Arabi neighborhood of Mosul.
Credit: This Is Christian Iraq / Facebook
The volunteers stepped up to remind local Christians that “Mosul is yours as it’s ours” and “our differences are our strength.”
Bereaved mother shows forbearance in wake of tragedy
(Photo courtesy of Claire Wang)
Mother of Little Light Bulb: “Fortunately, I had held you tightly and told you I loved you every day.”
(Claire Wang gave media the permission to show the photo of her, her husband and Little Light Bulb)
By Christie Chen, CNA staff reporter
It was hard even for strangers to talk about the slaying of a young girl in Taipei on Monday but the child’s 36-year-old mother Claire Wang stepped in front of the TV cameras just hours after to give an account of the horrific incident.
Although she was visibly shaken by the death of her 4-year-old at the hands of a knife wielding man, Wang was able to coherently relate the gruesome details of the incident that took place in front of her eyes.
Even more remarkable were her dispassionate comments amid widespread calls for stiffer laws in the country against the type of crime she had just witnessed.
“I believe the suspects in these kinds of random killings lose their minds at that moment,” Wang told TV reporters at the police station Monday.
“This is not a problem that can be solved by passing a law, she said. “I hope we can address the problem from its root, from the perspective of family and education, so that there will no longer be people like him (the perpetrator) in our society.” Continue reading “I don’t know if Little Lightbulb’s Parents are ‘Christians’ but I KNOW they are children of GOD!”