Crossing the Bridge

Hopes Dashed For Promised Release Of Detained Christians In Saudi Arabia

Press Release — January 2, 2002

Hopes Dashed For Promised Release Of Detained Christians In Saudi Arabia


Health Concerns Mount as Prison Conditions Worsen


Recent news about the promised "release" of nine of the fourteen Christians detained in Saudi Arabia has taken another turn for the worse. Early today, ICC received word from sources in Jeddah that the nine detained being held at the Trahyl Deportation Center are discouraged and very concerned.

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Tags: Saudi Arabia, Press Releases, Sudan

New Year Greeted With Bomb Blasts In Indonesia

Press Release — January 2, 2002

New Year Greeted With Bomb Blasts In Indonesia


Bombs exploded in four churches in Palu, Central Sulawesi, shattering the welcomed peaceful calm that the Christians enjoyed this past Christmas season. The Christian minority, estimated to be about 15% of the population, packed churches in record numbers throughout Indonesia to celebrate Christmas. The bombings in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, appear to have been carried out by Muslim terrorists in retaliation of their thwarted plans in which they had threatened a "bloody Christmas" for tens of thousands of Christians in the Poso region. A year ago, during Christmas Eve services in Jakarta and nine other cities, bomb explosions took the lives of 19 people.

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Tags: Press Releases, Indonesia, Sudan