Easter cards for world’s persecuted Christians

06 March 2015

ANDREW BOYD

The Archbishop of Jos, Dr Benjamin Kwashi, is listed as a potential recipients of a card. Dr Kwashi's family has suffered two attacks in recent years in a volatile region of Nigeria

The Archbishop of Jos, Dr Benjamin Kwashi, is listed as a potential recipients of a card. Dr Kwashi's family has suffered two attacks in recent year...

FOR 31 years, the ecumenical charity Action by Christians Against Torture (ACAT) has sent Christmas cards to victims of torture and Christians imprisoned for their faith around the world. At Easter, for the first time, it is asking supporters to pick up their pen again.

For ACAT's first Easter-card appeal, it has produced a list of organisations fighting for human rights and justice, as well as the addresses of imprisoned Christians and prisoners of conscience.

The organisations that ACAT wants supporters to write messages of support to include human-rights associations in places such as Peru, Zimbabwe, and the Philippines, as well as Christian groups defending the rights of the poor in Brazil and Mexico.

It also provides the prison address for Christians such as Johan Teterissa, a teacher in Indonesia who has been incarcerated and tortured since 2007 when he raised the flag of Papua New Guinea during a presidential visit.

Also on the list are Rolando and Elizabeth Ortiz Bode, who lead a growing house-church movement in Cuba but have received death threats since July, and Augustine Ashiq Masih, a Pakistani Roman Catholic who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2002 and has been in prison ever since, pending an appeal.

ACAT says that letters and messages of support are often hugely appreciated by prisoners and persecuted Christians, who worry that the world has forgotten them. Occasionally correspondents receive replies from those they write to.

To see the full list of addresses, visit www.acatuk.org.uk

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