Persecution of Non-Muslims (Malawi)
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Threats against Christians "dramatically increased" since the events of September 11. Church in largely Muslim area burned down
Compass Direct, December 14, 2001
2 Christian school teachers stoned, threatened with machetes and warned that they will be sent back to their original villages as corpses if they continue to hold prayer meetings in their houses
Compass Direct, December 14, 2001
Muslims protest against the deportation of 5 Al Qaeda suspects by attacking Christians in a 2 day riot, damaging 7 churches and a Save the Child aid agency building. Catholic priest dragged from his car and beaten
The Muslims rioted for two days against Christians. Seven churches were damaged and also the national offices of the aid agency Save the Child was also their target.
Cedric Kamoto, a pastor of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian said "As the Muslims chanted Islamic slogans, they threatened people to get out of Mangochi. They told Christians that Christians disturbs them by bringing Americans in Malawi.
Justin Opuku, director of the national office interviewed with the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, the Muslims attacked a pickup truck, a Roman Catholic priest was inside of it. Bernard Thungwa, a seminary professor who was in the truck said "the Muslims pulled Girevulo from the car and beated him before others came to rescue."
In Malawi, Muslim constitute is only 13 percent of its population. But the Muslim population is growing. Now president Bakili Muluzi is also a Muslim. But he doesn't want any religious conflicts in his country.
"I don't want anybody who cause religious strife in Malawi," he said.
The five suspected Al Qaeda members were handed over to the U.S. after debate both within and outside of the country.On 28, 11 people were arrested for the riots. Inspector General Joseph Aironi told The Nation that "we will not tolerate any terrorist elements to use this country as a hiding place."
Young S. Lee, The Christian Post, July 3, 2003
Muslims take offense at Bibles being distributed, resort to burning them in protest
"That annoyed some parents and other leaders who have resorted to burning the holy books ... in protest," Sheikh Imran Sharif, the association's secretary general, told Reuters.
He said the burning of Bibles was carried out by a few Muslim fanatics and the association has ordered them to stop.
Malawi has 1.7 million Muslims, mostly living in the south of the country, that has a population of about 15 million.
The Muslim protest has been widely criticised in secular Malawi, which has had little religious friction.
Reverend McDonald Kadawati, a leading Christian clergyman asked Muslim leaders to ask followers to stop burning Bibles.
"This is a sad case of religious intolerance and we condemn it in all uncertain terms," Kadawati said. He called on police to arrest those involved.
Inspector General of Police Peter Mukhito said police have launched an investigation but did not say how many Bibles have been burnt.
Gideon's International, which is dedicated to providing copies of the Bible to people around the globe, said on its Website it has distributed about 90 million Bibles in 22 countries in eastern Africa.The incident in Malawi comes after U.S. President Barack Obama appealed for religious tolerance last month in response to a Florida pastor's threat to burn copies of the Koran, which sparked an outcry in the Muslim world.
Mabvuto Banda, Reuters, October 5, 2010