|Churches Attacked in Tanzania|
Three church buildings were attacked and burned down, and others seriously damaged, on Friday, 12 October as Muslim mobs in Dar es Salaam went on the rampage. At the Evangelical Assemblies of God a flag belonging to the Association for Islamic Mobilisation and Propagation (UAMSHO) was raised over the wreckage of the church building.
UAMSHO was also responsible for riots against churches and property belonging to Christians on 26 May. UAMSHO is campaigning for the island of Zanzibar to become independent from mainland Tanzania.
On 30 July, Muslims on the island of Zanzibar burned down the church building of the Evangelical Assemblies of God - Tanzania (EAGT). On Wednesday, 27 July, the Free Evangelical Pentecostal church in Africa building on Zanzibar was also burned down. On the 17th June, a Seventh-Day Adventist church building on the island of Pemba, near Zanzibar was burned to the ground.
The population on Zanzibar and Pemba is described as 99% Muslim. Historically, Zanzibar and Pemba were major centres for the Islamic slave trade throughout East Africa.
Sunday, 4 November, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted. See the new www.idop-africa.org website for articles, news and resources to mobilise your church, or school to pray for the persecuted.
"Remember the prisoners as if chained with them - those who are mistreated - since you yourselves are in the body also." Hebrews 13:3
Dr. Peter Hammond