Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (latest at the top).

For more visit:
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/04/18/shots_fired_against_a_catholic_school_in_lahore,_3_injured/1137957
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/04/16/christian-boy-torched-by-two-muslims-dies-in-pakistani-hospital-after-forgiving-attackers/
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/04/15/muslim-youths-set-pakistani-christian-boy-on-fire/
http://www.christianpost.com/news/pakistani-police-beat-torture-scores-of-christians-leave-them-in-a-bloody-mess-to-extract-confessions-137504/

Uganda: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Uganda.

For more visit:
http://morningstarnews.org/2015/04/christian-girl-in-uganda-seriously-injured-traumatized-after-gang-rape-father-says/

Nepal: Mission Update


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the situation in Nepal and how to pray for that country.

For more visit:
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/pray-for-nepal

Was the Nepal earthquake twice as big as we thought?


Originally posted on Quartz:

This item has been corrected.

On April 25, Nepal was hit with the biggest earthquake in 80 years—but just how big was it?

Amidst the destruction, there was a spat on the issue between the US and China. The US Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors earthquakes worldwide, reported that the Nepal earthquake measured at a magnitude of 7.8. However, the China Earthquakes Network Center (CENC), which hopes to provide a similar service, measured the same earthquake at a magnitude of 8.1.

A difference of 0.3 in the magnitude of the seismic activity may not seem like much, but the apparently small differences in magnitudes of earthquakes reported by different agencies around the world are, in real-life, huge. Because if we are to believe the Chinese data, the Nepal earthquake may have been 2.8 times bigger than if we believe the US data.

This is because of how earthquakes are measured.

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Death Toll From Nepal Earthquake Crosses 5,000 as Rescue Teams Begin to Arrive at Remote Villages


Originally posted on TIME:

Rishi Khanal spent about 80 hours in a rubble-filled room with three dead bodies after the seven-story building he was in collapsed around him during Saturday’s massive earthquake in downtown Kathmandu. The 28-year-old was finally pulled out of the rubble on Tuesday, Reuters reports, by a Nepali-French rescue team combing the capital city for survivors.

“It seems he survived by sheer willpower,” said Akhilesh Shreshtha, a doctor who treated him, after it appeared that Khanal had no access to food or water for three days and escaped with nothing but a possible broken leg.

Khanal’s rescue was a heartening but rare story from the devastation in Nepal, where a 7.8-magnitude earthquake over the weekend killed more than 5,000 people. That toll is sure to rise significantly as rescue teams move away from Kathmandu, which they began to do early Wednesday, and reach devastated villages near the quake’s epicenter.

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Photos: A rush to help survivors after Nepal’s catastrophic earthquake


Originally posted on Quartz:

More than 1,300 people are now confirmed dead, reports Reuters, in the wake of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake just 77km (about 50 miles) outside of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Fatalities were reported across Nepal, northern India, and Bangladesh. Search-and-rescue efforts are still in early stages, hampered by collapsed buildings and buckled roads, the death toll is expected to rise.

Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport has re-opened to receive emergency supplies, and India has already begun sending relief. Meanwhile, local emergency responders are excavating damaged buildings as quickly as they can, to free any survivors trapped or injured in the debris. Ordinary civilians are also working to help, freelance photographer Thomas Nybo told CNN from Kathmandu:

“A group of mainly tourists started gathering rocks, hammers and pickaxes and breaking through a re-enforced concrete wall to reach this guy…It took about two hours of smashing through wall and cutting rebar with a hacksaw to pull him out alive.”

The search for survivors stuck under the rubble of the landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower The search…

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Over 600 people are feared dead after a massive earthquake in Nepal


Originally posted on Quartz:

This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

A little before noon local time, a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit 77km (48 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, sending strong tremors through the landlocked Himalayan nation and across northern India.

Reuters quoted a Nepalese home ministry official as saying that at least 688 people have been killed. In northern India, initial reports suggest that 13 people have been killed, including a 15-year-old girl whose home collapsed after the earthquake. The death toll could rise significantly, with many people feared to be trapped underneath collapsed buildings.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 11.41 am local time, was 35 kilometers east of Lamjung, about halfway between the Nepalese capital and Pokhara, the country’s second largest-city. Together, both cities are home to over a million people.

Here is a screenshot of the epicenter via USGS:

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Hundreds Dead as 7.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Nepal


Originally posted on TIME:

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck central Nepal on Saturday morning, damaging buildings in the country’s capital, Kathmandu, and sending tremors across northern India, Bangladesh and as far afield as Pakistan. At least 449 people were reported to have died.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located about 50 mi (80 km) northwest of Kathmandu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which said the quake struck Nepal just before noon at a shallow depth of only about 9 mi (15 km) belowground.

More than 6.6 million people are in the area affected by the earthquake, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bangkok.

In Kathmandu, residents congregated on streets and other open areas as the USGS reported a series of powerful aftershocks. Buildings and temples collapsed, and roads across the city were cracked open by the quake

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Today in History: The Armenian Genocide Begins


There are many things which have some form of impact on my life, either happening to me or that influences my way of thinking and therefore flows on into my life in some form or another. Indeed there are many, many things. The Armenian genocide is one of these later events. Sure, I don’t think about it a lot, but when it comes to the forefront there is an immediate reaction as I am once again moved to disgust (among other emotions) at how not wanting to offend a nation prevents us from recognizing the barbarity of what was meted out on the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

The links and video below shed more light on this terrible event.

For more visit:
http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/us-wont-recongnize-armenian-genocide/1012675/
https://theconversation.com/100-years-on-australias-still-out-of-step-on-the-armenian-genocide-39792
https://theconversation.com/join-the-dots-between-gallipoli-and-the-armenian-genocide-40067