My latest articles for World magazine online focused on the situations for Christians in Morocco and Bangladesh.
In Morocco believers are growing bolder in their faith, sharing testimonies through youtube and podcasts. Meanwhile, in Bangladesh Christianity continues to grow in spite of worsening persecution.
Moroccan Christians risk persecution with YouTube testimonies
In a new series of YouTube podcasts, Moroccan Christians are stepping out of the shadows, showing their faces, and telling their stories. Speaking to their countrymen, they proclaim themselves “Moroccan and Christian.”
The public testimonies counter the common view that to be Moroccan is to be Muslim and that all Christians living in Morocco are foreigners, not natives. The small religious minority faces community and government persecution.
In one video, a woman named Iman says her husband’s relatives assumed she was foreign-born because they knew she was a Christian, according to Moroccan World News (MWN).
Attacks on non-Muslims increase in Bangladesh
Islamic extremism is growing in Bangladesh, as are Islamic attacks on non-Muslims. But Christianity is also multiplying, in part because of Muslim converts.
In July, Islamic gunmen seized hostages in a Dhaka cafe and forced people to recite verses from the Quran or face torture and death. They killed 21 people, mostly foreigners and tourists. Islamic State (ISIS) took credit.
That attack was a harsh reminder of the Muslim-majority nation’s problem with Islamic radicalism.