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Stories about Religion

China's persecution of Muslim minorities: An Uyghur student living in Turkey shares her story

I came to Turkey legally, on a passport issued by the Chinese authorities. Why did they punish my family?

How churches became entangled in Belarus’ political crisis

As the crisis drags on, the leader of Belarus' Catholics was denied entry into the country and his Orthodox counterpart was replaced. Both had publicly criticised the crackdown on protesters.

Child rape victim doxxed by anti-abortion protesters in Brazil

Brazil registers around six abortions per day among girls aged from 10 to 14 years old who become pregnant after being raped.

Islamophobic post on Facebook leads to deadly violence in Bangalore

India experiences another episode of real-life violence triggered by online hate speech.

Pious, assertive, and ‘mother of all Bolivians': The political narrative of President Jeanine Áñez

The president went on costly helicopter rides to 'bless' cities during the pandemic, with passengers that included priests, evangelical pastors and legislators who brought along holy water and religious statues.

In Pakistan, a man accused of blasphemy was shot dead in a courtroom. His killer was hailed as a hero.

Extrajudicial killings of people accused of blasphemy aren't uncommon in Pakistan.

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part I

In the wake of musician Hachalu Hundessa's murder, Ethiopia has struggled to come to terms with the violence and turmoil that erupted along ethnic and religious faultlines.

Angolan pastors break away from the Universal Church of Brazil

The new congregation could call itself the Reform Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Angola.

Female genital mutilation likely to rise in the Middle East amid COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic disrupted FGM prevention measures in the Middle East, where the practice is widely underreported.

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

In the Netherlands, the solo protest of an Uyghur exile puts a spotlight on China's actions against Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.

‘Where is my family?': A question left unanswered for too many Uyghurs living abroad

After years of silence about the fate of his family, an Uyghur refugee decides to go public about the persecution of Uyghurs in China, despite the trauma he experiences.

Construction of first Hindu temple in Islamabad faces opposition

The construction of the first Hindu temple in Islamabad was stopped after protests from different quarters, but rights activists and minority politicians are hopeful that the temple will be built.

As COVID-19 cases climb in Cameroon, a cleric claims his herbal cure works

In Cameroon, many doubted Archbishop Samuel Kleda's claim that he created an herbal cure for COVID-19, but he says he has cured over 1,500 people of coronavirus symptoms so far.

Indians create awareness with #DalitLivesMatter

Inspired by the activity of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Indians are paying attention to one of the country's most disadvantaged populations.

Has COVID-19 provoked a crisis of faith in Georgia's Orthodox church?

As the Georgian Orthodox Church continued to hold prayers during lockdown, its critics hint at a new crisis of faith in church-state relations.

In the Czech Republic, controversy over a newly re-erected Catholic monument ends in flames

The reinstatement of a Catholic monument in the middle of Prague historical center brings back a passionate debate about Czech identity and opposing views on historical heroes and villains

The Kano COVID-19 deaths: Forced relocations and disinformation creates widespread confusion (Part II)

Forced relocations of children contributed to the possible spread of COVID-19 and online disinformation along ethnoreligious lines added to the general confusion surrounding mass deaths in Kano State, Nigeria.

‘Where is the center of the story?': Revisiting the traditional view of Russia's Muslim communities

Global Voices spoke to academic Danielle Ross about her challenging view of the history of Islam and Islamic reform in Russia.

How Kazakhstan's youth are forging their own national identity

A feud between a lesbian activist and a boxer has galvanised a new generation's interest in pushing at the boundaries of Kazakh national identity

COVID-19 super-spreaders and Indonesia's ‘New Normal’

One religious event held in March is suspected of causing virus outbreaks in 22 provinces, health authorities said.

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