A Christian man, Soﬁane, from the Algerian
city of Biskra, was arrested on August 23 by
the National Gendarmerie at a checkpoint
near Biskra, according to a member of the
Protestant church of Algeria (EPA).
Sofiane, married and father of one child,
was in a shared taxi from the city of Oran
when he was arrested. He was taken to
Biskra for questioning. The Christian community in Algeria, including EPA officials, is
concerned by the news of the arrest and by
the fact that Sofiane is still in custody.
Christians in Central African Republic
(CAR) were shocked by the violent arrest on
August 6 of the president of the Evangelical
Alliance of CAR, Pastor Nicolas Grekoyame
It is not clear where he is being held or
what the conditions are. Local Christians
say the arrest came as a result of a July 2013
interview the pastor did with a local publication called the Democrate, in which he
blamed the government and key government officials for the continuing violence in
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