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Meriam Ibrahim watches her husband Da niel Wani give an interview with tears at the Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

Persecuted Christians under the sword

Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, arrived safely in Manchester on Thursday night. At the airport, her U.S. citizen husband, Daniel Wani of Manchester, tearfully thanked a throng of reporters.

International media attention helped save his wife's life. Right now, around the world, untold numbers of other Christians are suffering persecution outside of the informing glare of the television cameras.

In Sudan, the persecution of Christians is official government policy.

The government recently announced that it would not authorize building permits for any new churches, according to reports from several Christian organizations.

Catholic Bishop Macram Gassis has tried to bring international attention to Sudan's military attacks on the Nuba minority, who include Christians and Muslims, in the government's effort to turn the nation all Arabic.

In Iraq, radical Islamists have ordered all Christians in the ancient historically-Christian city of Mosul to convert or be executed. Sixty thousand Christians are being made to flee.

In North Korea, Christians are sent to labor camps. One American Christian, Kenneth Bae, was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly trying to overthrow the government through religious activities. He told a Japanese newspaper last month that he feels abandoned by his own government.

Around the world, Christians are being routinely, systematically persecuted. The West used to come to their aid and defense. Now only the most fortunate are saved.


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