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Indonesia: Emergency fund open!

It is still unclear what the scale is of the disaster that has struck the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. Thousands are still missing, and many communities can barely be reached. What is clear is that with widespread destruction and governments focussing on finding survivors and burying bodies, there is a massive need for emergency aid. Our partners have boots on

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Historic summit on Magic Mountain

The leaders of South and North Korea finished their summit with a meeting on top of a volcano. Why is that such a big deal? And can symbolic acts like this help secure a safer future for the Korean peninsula? Paektusan, or mount Paektu on the Chinese-North Korean border is truly an impressive place, even if there are no world

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BTJ safehouse in the news

An interesting background story on the Wall Street Journal details the difficult choices many Yezidi women have to make. Freed from sex slavery to ISIS warriors, they are not welcomed back in their communities unless they leave behind the children which resulted from their abuse. It seems extremely unfair on these victims and their innocent children that they should be

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Xi thought, rebuilding an idol

From his first days as a president, Xi was often compared to Mao. Only months ago, he was elected ‘president for life’. Now he is going to push his own version of the Little Red Book, ‘Xi thought’. Why does this matter? “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,” as it is officially known, is

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Pator Abel released!

On Tuesday we received the joyful news that pastor Abel Yang (Yang Hwa) was freed from prison. He spent two and a half years behind bars, facing torture, threats to his family and severe health issues. He is now back with his wife and son, although physically he is in a bad condition. In December 2015 pastor Abel Yang was

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The Day the North Korean Leader Cried

Things have never been more difficult in North Korea. The leadership is really suffering under the new sanctions enforced by the USA. For proof, look no further than a video of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crying about his country’s terrible economy while surveying its coast. Japan’s Asahi Shinbun quoted a defector with contacts inside the country as describing

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