News & Stories

Escape from abuse and forced prostitution

Kidnapped by a Muslim man she didn’t know and forced into marriage, Pakistani Christian Salma Ashiq endured three years of misery before finally managing to escape. CSI’s local partners are working to protect Salma and to ensure that those guilty of abusing her are brought to justice. Salma, who is now 24 years old, comes… Read more »

CSI delivers emergency aid to victims of Islamist attacks

More than 1,000 villagers driven from their homes by Islamist herdsmen have received urgently needed food and medical assistance from Christian Solidarity International (CSI) in response to the worsening humanitarian situation in central Nigeria. CSI’s local partner – the Justice, Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan (JDPC Kafanchan) – reports that… Read more »

Schoolgirl Esther can complete her education thanks to CSI help

Fifteen-year-old Esther Dankye from central Nigeria was on the verge of dropping out of high school as her widowed mother could not afford the fees. Now, thanks to financial assistance from Christian Solidarity International (CSI), Esther still has hopes of going on to university and getting a good job. Three years ago, Esther’s father was… Read more »

Joy as youth accused of blasphemy is released from prison

After more than four years in prison, Pakistani Christian Nabeel Masih has been released on bail. The youth had been sentenced to ten years’ detention on blasphemy charges. Christian Solidarity International (CSI) has long been campaigning for Nabeel’s release and welcomes the news that he is finally free. Nabeel, who had been praying to God… Read more »

Pastor’s family stands firm despite extremist attacks

Sri Lanka Extremism

In the vacation paradise of Sri Lanka, Christians are subject to frequent harassment and attacks by Buddhist extremists. Pastor Balasingam and his family have experienced religious hatred first-hand. But they refuse to give in to the intimidation. Since 2016, CSI has been supporting endangered religious minorities in Sri Lanka through its local partners. In addition… Read more »

Former slave Athok starts her life over

Athok Mayuot Adieek spent 19 years as a slave in Sudan where she endured terrible physical and mental abuse. Thanks to a slave retrieval operation by Christian Solidarity International (CSI), Athok is now safely back in South Sudan where she is starting to rebuild her life. Now 35, Athok had a happy childhood, living with… Read more »

Victims of human traffickers find refuge in CSI safe house

An increasing number of girls are being sold into prostitution in India. The horrifying stories of Prema (10) and Shanti (12) show how easily children can fall into the hands of unscrupulous human traffickers. Prema and Shanti are among 18 abducted girls who are now recovering from their ordeal in a safe house supported by… Read more »

20-year-old victim of Islamist attack released from hospital

Victor Markus after being released from hospital

Victor Markus from central Nigeria, who was the victim of a vicious attack by Islamist militants last October, has finally returned home after Christian Solidarity International (CSI) settled his hospital bill. Victor was a promising student who was looking forward to studying at university. After narrowly surviving a deadly ambush by armed assailants believed to… Read more »

CSI helps Armenian families in need

Many Armenian Christian families in Nagorno-Karabakh have been left homeless and dependent on aid after Azerbaijan captured their towns and villages in the war at the end of last year. Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is partnering with a church in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, to provide vital assistance. “These families have lost everything and… Read more »

Scarred for life following a Muslim extremist attack

Bangladeshi attack victim

An attack by Islamists on Hori Ram village, northern Bangladesh, in December 2019 had life-changing consequences for one of the victims, Sakina Begum. Her right leg was so badly injured that it had to be amputated. One year on, Christian Solidarity International (CSI) continues to provide medical assistance to Sakina. Hori Ram, in Rangpur Division,… Read more »