Key Quotes for 2016

Key Quotes for 2016

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Thursday 18th July
 
Eritrean Christian refugees are forgotten by the world, it was reported in April. Often eclipsed by the crisis in the Middle East, one in 12 Eritreans has fled their country, many of those leaving being Christians. Eritrea has been branded “one of the world’s fastest emptying nations” and “the North Korea of Africa”. In 2015, 40,000 risked death from drowning to escape to Italy. Others fled to Sudan or Ethiopia. Eritrea has jailed hundreds of Christians simply because of their faith. Many are now living in makeshift refugee camps in neighbouring Ethiopia.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - June 2016
 
War and persecution has led to a haemorrhaging of Christians from the Middle East, particularly from Syria and Iraq, it was reported in April. Before 2011, Syrian Christians comprised around 8-10% of a 22 million population. 40-50% of those Christians have since left. Before 2003, there were approximately 1.5 million Christians in Iraq, but estimates now range from 200-500,000. In May the Daily Telegraph reported a spokesman saying: “Christians will all have left Iraq in five years”.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - June 2016
 
Children in young as three are being referred to a clinic for transsexual treatment the BBC revealed in early May. The Victoria Derbyshire programme highlighted that in the past year, three pre-school children have been referred to the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation Trust. They were among 167 kids under the age of ten to have been referred over the last 12 months.
Young PeopleEvangelicals Now - June 2016
 
In March, a Bill was being drafted to ban women from wearing the niqab in public places and government institutions. Egypt’s president, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, is attempting to secularise government institutions in order to counter Islamism.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - May 2016
 
Executions in Iran surged to nearly 1,000 in 2015, the highest level in more than a quarter of a century, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran reported in March. Dr Ahmed Shaheed reported to the UN human rights council that at least 966 people were put to death in Iran last year, roughly double the number executed in 2010 and ten times as many as in 2005.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - May 2016
 
A University of Cambridge study released in late March found that unborn children who have abnormalities in the early weeks of pregnancy may go on to develop into healthy babies. A professor from the university began the research after a medical test on her own baby showed that a quarter of the cells in the placenta were abnormal – however, the child was born healthy.
HealthEvangelicals Now - May 2016
 
Research for the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee indicates aggressively sexualised behaviour among pupils is far from uncommon. Indeed, recent figures revealed there were 5,500 sexual offences recorded in UK schools between 2011 and 2014, including almost 4,000 alleged physical sexual assaults and more than 600 rapes.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 20th April 2016
 
Tooth decay in young children is at its lowest level for a decade. Public Health England said 166,467 five-year-olds, less than a quarter, had signs of decay in 2015, down from a third in 2008.
HealthThe Sentinel - 11th May 2016
 
Replacing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages with water could eliminate an average of 235 excess calories per day among children and adolescents, according to a study published in April 2009.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel - 2nd May 2016
 
Almost two-thirds of university students have said that they support the National Students Union’s (NUS) ‘no-platform’ policy. In a ComRes survey, 63% of 1,001 students said they believe the NUS has a right to hold its policy, to ban certain external groups and individuals from university campuses.
Young PeopleChristian Concern - 29th April 2016
 
Children as young as 11 were among over 1,000 alleged victims of revenge porn over the past year. Revenge pornography is when sexual images of films of a partner or ex-partner are distributed without their consent.
Young PeopleChristian Concern - 29th April 2016
 
Around 40 primary schools in England have introduced ‘gender neutral’ uniform policies that support boys wearing skirts.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 17th June 2016
 
A major new survey commissioned by the NSPCC and the Children’s Commissioner for England has revealed that around 53% of 11-16 year-olds have seen graphic pornographic content online. 94% had viewed adult content by the time they were just 14 years-old.
Young PeopleCARE Impact Direct - 17th June 2016
 
Nearly three-quarters of people gave to charity and 70 per cent volunteered last year, according to a Cabinet Office survey published today.
MoneyCivil Society News - 20th July 2016
 
Almost a quarter of charitable giving in England and Wales is received by faith-based charities, according to a new report. Released this week, the report by think thank New Philanthropy Capital showed that almost half of all overseas aid and human rights charities are religiously based. Of this number 60% of faith-based overseas aid groups are Christian, along with 43% of human rights charities.
MoneyChristian Concern - 24th June 2016
 
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