Naglaa el-Emam, a well-known human rights lawyer and Christian convert from Islam, was detained on Feb. 24 by State Security on charges of “insulting Islam” in Egypt. Following her conversion to Christianity in 2010, she was fired from her job and disowned by her Muslim family. The outspoken activist, who has shared her faith publicly, has been repeatedly harassed by government officials and slandered by Muslim extremist groups.
As many as 200 Assyrian Christians, mostly women and children, were kidnapped in Syria on Feb. 24 in an overnight raid by Islamic State. Reports indicate that IS may have executed some Christians and destroyed several churches during an attack on villages near the town of Tel Tmar, close to the Kurdish held city of Hassaka.
It is feared that the men will be executed and the women and children abused, sold or used as human shields. Voice Of Martyrs contacts in Syria ask that we pray for the encouragement and protection of Christians in Syria so that they can be a living testimony in the midst of war.