[en]Sherif is Egyptian, running a bookshop in Benghazi, in the East of Libya. He was arrested on February 10th and has been detained since then. During his detainment he has been physically abused, while there is no official charge against him, nor has he appeared before court.
Recently, some Egyptians and three non-Arab workers have also been arrested. Libyan police officials have expressed that they have been arrested on suspicion of proselytising, although no formal charges have been submitted against them.
Just recently, Libyans celebrated the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Under the rule of Gaddafi the situations for Christians was already extremely harsh and foreign workers often faced intolerance. The new central government still does not have control over the numerous armed groups and the social unrest and intolerance is yet at a very high level.
Please pray for their release and that they are well treated during their arrest. Pray that the Spirit will give wisdom to family, friends and others close to them (and also when they are in contact with the authorities on the release of the prisoners).
Source >> http://opendoors.org/
During Gaddafi’s reign, the main source of persecution was the government and its secret services. Today opposition comes from the family, community and fanatical armed groups. But it is still forbidden to import Arabic Scriptures or to evangelize. There is no central government and the rule of law is absent, so Islamist extremist movements like the Salafists are able to perpetrate violence upon believers. Because of the civil unrest, 75 percent of expat Christians have left the country.
- For strength for persecuted Christians; they are forbidden from meeting together
- For a stable government that rules wisely and with justice
- Give thanks that Christian programs on TV, radio and the internet are generating growing interest in the Christian faith.
Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]
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