After all, the
widespread dissemination of information is crucial in mobilising the
church’s response to persecution. And the internet is ideal.
Until recently most
such websites were from the official organisations that have been leading
the campaign to fight discrimination against Christians. But now there are
also sites set up by individuals or groups with only loose connections to
the traditional anti-persecution bodies. They act as portals, gathering data
from many sources.
I have already written
here, about Chosun Journal,
here, about Christian Monitor,
two superb websites.
I don’t know what took
me so long, but I’ve just found another,
Freedom Now, run by a former New
York cop, Maria Sliwa. It has a special focus on the appalling atrocities
encountered in Sudan, where as many as two million people have been victims
of genocide, and where thousands of Christians have been forced into
conditions of slavery.
The main thrust of
Freedom Now is its news service, distributed weekly to over 100,000
recipients from media, human rights, government and religious groups. This
has become a key source of global human rights and persecution news. The
website itself is mainly a collection of links to articles.
else makes Freedom Now unique – it is the person of Maria herself. As the
New York Daily News
There is something
special about Freedom Now: Maria Sliwa is all of it, a stunning example of
what one person can do for a cause. No paid researchers, no staff or special
equipment, just Sliwa in her office-apartment in New York, shaking people
all over the world into consciousness of slavery with all the knowledge she
has packed into her 42-year-old brain, and all the energy in her body.
Charisma News Service
She campaigns for more
Christian involvement in fighting persecution, noting that non-Christian
groups who see a "heavy-duty human-rights issue" are becoming more vocal
about atrocities against Christians. "Christians should be yelling and
screaming about the 31 countries where brothers and sisters are being
brutalized because of their faith," she said.
She is an activist who
has travelled to Sudan herself, to help enslaved Christians and to report on
conditions there to the outside world. On one particularly horrendous trip
she recorded details of how boy slaves are
repeatedly raped by their masters.
With the people of
now liberated from the horrors of Saddam Hussein, it is possible that people
in the West will start to believe that a new age of global freedom has
But the brutal regime
is even more murderous than that of
We must continue to struggle for the liberation of those suffering in that
country. That is why Maria’s work and her website are so important. Please
give her your support.
June 6th, 2003