In areas controlled by pro-Iranian rebels, women working for NGOs must be accompanied by a "mahram", a male guardian. This hinders their movement and impedes their work. The hunger-stricken population is paying the price in a country in dire need for aid.


Pyongyang returns to the top of the list of the most dangerous countries for Christians drawn up by the international NGO. India is the country with the highest number of recorded arrests: as many as 1750 in one year. The expansion of the 'China model' in the subordination of religious freedom to 'stability and security' is worrying. In the world 1 believer in Jesus out of every 7 lives in a country where discrimination is high; 5,621 were killed in twelve months.

| 18/01/2023

An Oxfam report confirms the use of Western-made weaponry used in Saudi-led Arab coalition attacks. A quarter of the 1,700 raids between January 2021 and February 2022 saw the exclusive use of weapons sold by London and Washington. 87 civilians were killed, 136 others wounded. Oman delegation tries to mediate the resumption of the fragile truce.

| 11/01/2023

Message pronounced during urbi et orbi blessing: "Let us overcome the torpor of false images that make people forget the feast day, and as we look at Bethlehem let us fix our gaze on the child victims of World War III." In Myanmar and Iran "cease all bloodshed." Appeal for reconciliation in Ukraine, Syria, Holy Land, Lebanon, Yemen and for Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa plagued by hunger and famine.

| 25/12/2022

From 1 January to 15 November, 333 children were affected: of these 92 died and 241 others suffered serious injuries. The direct victims are added to those suffering from hunger, lack of water and medicine. Only the ceasefire in place for six months partially alleviated the suffering. Save the Children: "Listen to the voices of the children".

| 21/11/2022

Today's headlines: Seoul fires warning shots at trspassing North Korean vessels; Asean foreign ministers' meet on Myanmar peace process; three children killed in Yemen landmine explosion; millions of Indians celebrate Diwali; in Russia unannounced anti-terrorism drill at a school terrorizes children. 

| 24/10/2022

After six months, the truce expired last night. The Houthi oppose the UN special envoy's plan and make threats against Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Yemen’s internationally recognised government calls on the UN Security Council to act “firmly” against the "threats" from pro-Iranian rebels.


| 03/10/2022
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