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24 February 2003 Update From H C J B World Radio

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Today’s News Headlines:

KURDISH BELIEVER IN IRAQ KILLED BY MAN WITH MACHINE GUN NEW LAW COULD THREATEN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN HONG KONG COLOMBIAN GUERRILLAS RELEASE PASTOR 6 MONTHS AFTER KIDNAPPING CHRISTIAN RUSSIAN RADIO PROGRAMS AIR TO 1,000 INMATES IN WOMEN’S JAIL MINISTRY EXPANDS OUTREACH IN PERSIAN GULF AS U.S AMASSES FORCES CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST FOUNDER RE-ENTERS HOSPITAL

Today’s News Stories:

KURDISH BELIEVER IN IRAQ KILLED BY MAN WITH MACHINE GUN Kurdish convert Ziwar Mohamad Ismaeel was shot dead Monday, Feb. 17, in the city of Zakho in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Local sources say that Ismaeel, a taxi driver, was killed by a man about 40 years old wielding a machine gun. The suspect was apprehended by other taxi drivers. The motive for the killing is unknown, but friends of the victim said that following Ismaeel’s conversion several years ago, his openness about his Christian faith created tension with local Muslims. At press time, Ismaeel’s relatives were unwilling to give him a burial due to their strong opposition to his conversion. When he first became a Christian seven years ago, family members consulted a mullah who recommended killing him for being an “apostate.” Ismaeel was arrested for the first time in 2001 when policemen found three Bibles in his car. At the police station they told him that he would be killed if he did not return to Islam. He refused, and two weeks later he was released. Ismaeel refused offers to remain in hiding after subsequent attempts on his life. “With Jesus on my side, I have nothing to fear,” he told friends. “Even when they kill me, I will never deny Christ.” Ismaeel leaves a wife and five children. (Open Doors/Assist News Service)

NEW LAW COULD THREATEN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN HONG KONG Since Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese rule in 1997, China has consistently violated the agreement signed by the Chinese and British governments regarding the governance and autonomy of the island. In the agreement, Hong Kong was to retain its economic and social systems as a democratic society for 50 years. However, China has since assumed more control of the government than what was agreed upon. For example, an article that could become law by July states that any group in Hong Kong which receives funds, direction or leadership from a group already outlawed by Beijing would also be banned in Hong Kong. Also, appeals by organizations banned under the new law would potentially be heard only by closed tribunals, barring group members and their legal representatives from the proceedings. Catholic Bishop Joseph Zen says this law could effectively remove freedom to worship for Hong Kong’s 347,000 Catholics. The Roman Catholic Church, banned in China, was replaced by the Chinese government with a Catholic organization loyal to the state rather than the Vatican. While the new law specifically targets groups in Hong Kong that are controlled by illegal organizations based in China, the Chinese government has frequently shown its resolve to remove any religious organization that is not subservient to the state. (Voice of the Martyrs)

COLOMBIAN GUERRILLAS RELEASE PASTOR 6 MONTHS AFTER KIDNAPPING Colombian Seventh-day Adventist pastor Gonzalo Cardona was released Feb. 6 after being kidnapped by guerrillas nearly six months ago. Cardona, who pastored an 800-member church in Uraba in northwestern Colombia, was abducted Aug. 19 while traveling in his car with his family. “I have been reborn, thank the Lord,” Cardona declared after his release. Church members, pastors, leaders and friends welcomed Cardona with signs and cheers as he and his family arrived in the city of Medell

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