(RNS) As the Islamic world experiences a rise in the number of women wearing the burqa, a traditional Islamic outer garment for covering the body in public, the dress code is being banned in some African countries over possible connections with terror attacks.
Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa known for having the second-largest number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, after Syria, is committing serious religious freedom abuses, according to a UN investigation.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Recent attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabaab Muslim militant group have forced the closure of dozens of schools in Kenya’s north, as Christian teachers refuse to work because of security fears.
Amid killings, rapes, and abductions, the humanitarian agency World Vision indefinitely suspended its operations in South Sudan’s Unity State.
Other aid agencies have taken similar action, including Doctors Without Borders, which evacuated international staff under threat of attack at a hospital in Unity State that was burned and looted last year.
Though viewed by many as schismatic, the Global Anglican Future Conference, a group of conservative Anglicans, says it is not leaving the worldwide Anglican Communion. Instead, the movement says it is committed to renewing the 85-million-member communion from within.
GAFCON members from Africa, Europe, America, and Asia met in London April 13–17.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Religious tensions between Christians and Muslims have flared after the government extended amnesty to youth who denounce the Muslim terrorist group al-Shabaab, a step Christian leaders condemned.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Faced with a fierce enemy driven by Muslim extremist ideology, the government has cracked down on funding for al-Shabaab, the Somali group that claimed responsibility for killing 148 mostly Christian students at Garissa University College a week ago.