Persecuted young people, a congress in Madrid

“We are all Nazarenes.” This is the name of the third edition of the congress on religious freedom, which will talk about persecuted children and young people. It will take place in Madrid from October 19 to 21.

Numerous testimonies will be heard from people who have suffered from terrorism, such as in the Islamic State or Boko Haram. There will be 17 from India, Nigeria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Kenya, Southern Sudan and the Czech Republic.

Among the attendants for the congress there are the following:

Fr. Tom Uzhunnail, kidnapped in 2016 for 577 days by a jihadist group. The Salesian priest attended the house for the elderly of the Missionaries of Charity in Yemen; and on that day, terrorists killed four of the five sisters and several volunteers.

Rebeca Bitrus, a Nigerian woman who was kidnapped, tortured and raped by Boko Haram.

Bishop Juan José Aguirre, Bishop of Bangassou, Central African Republic.

Two students from the University of Garissa, Kenya ,who witnessed an attack that killed 147 people in April 2015.

Father Naim Shoshandy, who had to flee Iraq because of persecution in the Islamic state; and Petr Jasek, a Christian volunteer who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Sudan.

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