Nigeria: Kidnapped Girls Escape

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VOM is providing assistance to two sisters who recently escaped captivity from Boko Haram.

Two sisters, Kamka, 19, and Naya, 16, were sleeping when radical Muslims invaded their home. The armed terrorists entered their brother’s room and shot him in the hand before demanding to know where the girls’ father was. When they realized the two sisters were not married and their father was not home, they took the girls by force.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has declared war on Christians in Nigeria, frequently attacking Christian villages, burning Christians’ houses and murdering indiscriminately. They also kidnap teenage girls and force them to convert and marry Boko Haram members.

After forcing Kamka and Naya to walk through the woods at gunpoint, the terrorists immediately put them to work fetching water and cooking. A few days later, the girls were told that both of them were to be married. “We’re too young,” Naya protested. But the leader then showed them his daughter, a girl of 7 or 8, who was already married.

“If we refused to cooperate, we would be killed,” Naya told a VOM worker. “The man whom I was forced to marry took me. He picked up his gun and a knife and threatened to murder me if I continued to resist.”

The sisters cried and prayed together, unsure of what would become of them. But after two weeks, a Muslim woman took pity on them. While fetching water with the girls, she showed them an escape route and told them to run away.

The girls escaped under cover of darkness. They knocked on the door of the first house they came to, praying the owner would be friendly. Although he was Muslim, the man took pity on the girls. He allowed them to bathe and eat, and then had his sister take them to a nearby Christian village.

The girls were traumatized by their experience but are now doing reasonably well. Since it is unsafe for them to return to their home, VOM is providing care for them at a safe house through one of our project partners.

“I thank God that He has saved us from the hands of these bad people,” Naya said. “Everything is now behind me and I’m not afraid anymore. I only want to look forward now.”

And Kamka is also thankful for God’s protection. “I am very grateful that many Christians pray for me,” she said. “Despite what I’ve been through, I still have faith in God.”

–The Voice of the Martyrs

Mwanamke kunyongwa kwa kuasi dini (Uislam) Sudan!!

Daktari Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, ambaye babake ni muisilamu alishitakiwa kwa kosa la kuasi dini pamoja na kufanya zinaa kwa kuolewa na mwanamume mkristo, kitu ambacho dini ya kiisilamu imeharamisha kwa wanawake.Mariam mwenye umri wa miaka 28 pia ni mjamzito na ataadhabiwa kwa kuchapwa mijeledi miamoja kwa kosa la zinaa.

Maafisa wakuu wanasema kuwa licha ya Mariam kulelewa kwa njia ya kikristo yeye bado ni muisilamu kwa sababu hiyo ndiyo dini ya babake.

Alipewa siku tatu baada ya kuhukumiwa aweze kurejea katika dini ya kiisilamu lakini akakataa na ndio maana adhabu ikasalia.

Kwa kawaida wanawake waisilamu hawaruhusiwi kuolewa na wanaume wakristo ingawa wanaume waisilamu wanaruhusiwa kuwaoa wanawake wakristo.

Shirika la kimataifa la kutetea haki za binadamu Amnesty International linasema kuwa Bi Ishag alilelewa kama Mkristo muorthodoxi kwa sababu babake hakuwepo naye maishani mwake.

‘Kesi ya kwanza’

Kesi ya Ibrahim ni ya kwanza ya aina yake kusikika nchini Sudan , kwa mujibu wa shirika la habari la Reuters.

Wanaharakati wa kutetea haki za binadamu, wamelaani uamuzi huo wa mahakama na kuitaka serikali ya Sudan kuheshimu haki na uhuru wa watu kuabudu.

Maafisa wa balozi za mataifa ya magharibi pia wamekemea vikali kesi hiyo na kuelezea asiwasi wao kuihusu.

Maafisa hao wamewataka maafisa wa sheria nchini humo kuangalia kesi hiyo upya na kuhakikisha kuwa Mariam anatendewa haki.

Waziri wa mawasiliano amesema kuwa sio Sudan peke yake ambako sheria za kiisilamu zinafuatwa na ambako sio sawa kwa mtu kubadili dini yake, hali hiyo pia ipo nchini Saudi Arabia na katika nchi zingine zinazofuata sheria za kiisilamu.

Serikali ya Rais Omar al-Bashir inakabiliwa na changamoto nyingi za kiuchumi na kisiasa hasa baada ya kujitenga na Sudan Kusini ambako mafuta yake yalikuwa yanatoka mwaka 2011.

–BBC Swahili

Mchungaji David Yonggi Cho ahukumiwa kwa ubadilifu!

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Mchungaji David Yonggi Cho, 78, mwanzilishi wa kanisa kubwa duniani la Kipentekoste, alihukumiwa kifungo cha miaka mitatu jela kwa kufuja $ milioni 12 fedha za kanisa.

Cho kutoka Korea ya Kusini, mwanzilishi wa Yoido Full Gospel Church, kanisa lililo chini ya Assemblies of God lenye wanachama zaidi ya milioni 1, na kulifanya liwe kanisa lenye kusanyiko kubwa duniani.

Hivi karibuni amekutwa na hatia ya ubadilifu wa kuruhusu viongozi wa kanisa kununua hisa kutoka kwenye kampuni ya mwanawe mkubwa, Cho Hee-Jun, viongozi hao walinunua hisa 250,000 mara nne ya thamani ya soko, kwa mujibu wa taarifa za habari

Shirika la Habari la Yonhap limetangaza kwamba hakimu anaamini Cho lazima aadhibiwe na iwe fundisho kwa wengine, hasa kwa mtu wa hadhi kama yake katika jamii.

Wakati huo huo watumishi wa Mungu kutoka sehemu mbali mbali wamemtetea Mchungaji Cho, kwamba hakujua yote. Wakati wa ushahidi Cho alisema alimwamini kijana wake mkubwa na hakuweza kuangalia na kusoma maelfu ya kurasa za makaratasi, ambayo yalikuwa tayari mbele yake kutiwa saini. Alisaini karatasi. Yeye hajawahi kupokea fedha yoyote kutokana na hizo karatasi.

Zanzibar Tena!!

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Habari kutoka vyanzo mbali mbali vimeandika mabomu mawili yalilipuka siku ya Jumatatu Zanzibar,  lakini hakuna aliyejeruhiwa.

“Uchunguzi unaendelea kupata maelezo ya chanzo cha milipiko hiyo” Kamishna wa polisi msaidizi Mkadam Khamis aliwaambia waandishi wa habari .

Mlipuko mmoja ulitokea karibu na kanisa la Angrikana na mwingine kwenye mgahawa wa Mercury, sehemu watalii wanapopeda kwenda.

Katika hali ya matukio haya mfululizo, Ubalozi wa Uingereza umesema wako tayari kutoa msaada unaotakiwa.

Mwaka jana washambuliaji wasiojulikana walishambulia makanisa mbali mbali ya kikristo na kumwagia tindikali viongozi wa Kikristo pamoja na watalii wawili waliotembelea kisiwa hicho.

Katika maadhimisho ya miaka 50 ya kuungana na Tanzania Bara, baadhi ya vyama vya upinzani wanataka kuvunja mahusiano ya muungano huo.

Tutu urges Uganda’s Museveni against anti-gay bill

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday made an impassioned plea to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law a harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill that calls for a life sentence for some same-sex relations.

Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner, said in a statement that Museveni a month ago had pledged not to allow the anti-gay legislation to become law in Uganda. But last week Museveni said he had reconsidered and would consult scientists on whether homosexuality is determined by genetics or by a person’s choice.

Tutu said he is “disheartened” by Museveni’s new position because there is “no scientific basis or genetic rationale for love … There is no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination, ever.”

Tutu urged Museveni to strengthen Uganda’s “culture of human rights and justice.”

Uganda’s controversial anti-gay bill was passed by the country’s parliament in December. It must be signed by Museveni to become law.

Originally the bill called for the death penalty for some homosexual acts but the maximum penalty was changed to life imprisonment for repeat offenders. The penalty for first time offenders is 14 years in jail.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda according to a law that dates back to British colonial rule. The new legislation has much tougher penalties, such as jail sentences for conducting a same-sex marriage or failing to report to police someone who has gay sex.

Tutu said human beings are diverse and this requires tolerance, compassion and respect for one another.

Tutu called on Museveni to change course and instead concentrate on legislation against rape and sex with children. Tutu said that would provide more protection for children and families than criminalizing “acts of love between consenting adults.”

In a statement released on Friday, Museveni said Uganda’s scientists had reviewed studies and agreed that no single gene could be identified as a trigger for homosexuality. They suggested it is learned behavior that could be unlearned. Museveni said he asked the scientists if it was possible that a combination of genes could be responsible. If the scientists report back that they can find no genetic determination for homosexual behavior, Museveni said he would sign the bill into law.

Museveni said he is open to debate about homosexuality and he encouraged “the U.S. government to help us by working with our scientists to study whether, indeed, there are people who are born homosexual. When that is proved, we can review this legislation.”