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  • Algeria: arrested

    Religion Today

    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.

  • CAR: arrest

    Religion Today

    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 Gbangouon.

    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 the country.