A church leader from South Korea was stabbed to death on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Southeast Turkey.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports Pastor Jinwook Kim had been living in Turkey for the last five years, and moved to Diyarbakir city last year, where he led a small congregation.
CSW said a 16-year-old male has been arrested in connection with Pastor Kim’s murder. The motive for the killing is thought to have been robbery, as the pastor’s telephone was missing. However, several local sources have suggested he was targeted because of his faith. Pastor Kim’s pregnant wife is due to give birth in the next few days; they also have a 4-year-old son.
The situation for Turkey’s small Christian community has become increasingly precarious, particularly following the foiled coup of 2016. Recent years have seen an increase in animosity, hate speech and anti-Christian sentiments. In October 2019, billboards encouraging Muslims not to befriend Jews and Christians were erected in the conservative city of Konya, sparking outrage and condemnation by rights groups both inside and outside Turkey.
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SOURCE: Assist News