Catching Our Eye
Iranians released two weeks early
Two Iranian Christians have been released from jail two weeks before the end of their sentences.
Farhad Sabokrouh, pastor of the Assemblies of God Church in Ahwaz, and Naser Zamen-Dezfuli, were released on December 4, seven months after their incarceration for converting from Islam to Christianity, proselytising Muslims, and propagating against the Islamic regime through evangelism.
Source: Mohabat News
Séléka attacks hospital in CAR
Séléka forces attacked a hospital in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui on Friday, killing at least a dozen patients, Al Jazeera reports. Gunmen pulled patients from the hospital and shot them. The hospital has been abandoned. The attack occurred as additional French forces began deploying throughout the northwest sector of the country, as authorised by the United Nations Security Council vote on Thursday.
30,000 Eritreans abducted in five years
Around 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted since 2007 and taken to Egypt’s Sinai, where they face torture and ransom demands, according to a study presented to the European Parliament.
The study, conducted by an Eritrean human rights activist and professors from a Dutch University, says more than $600m has been accrued from families in ransom payments.
“[The hostages] are chained together without toilets or washing facilities and dehydrated, starved and deprived of sleep,” the report says. “They are subject to threats of death and organ harvesting... Those who attempt to escape are severely tortured.”