Christian Solidarity Worldwide, which works around the world for religious freedom, is highlighting the situation in Cuba as part of its Cry Freedom campaign, by focusing on the story of Caridad Caballero Batista.
For years, Caridad endured hell just to get to church. Being a Christian in Cuba means being followed by spies, receiving threats of violence, being held in solitary confinement to stop you going to church... She tells her moving story in this short film.
We can’t allow this to continue. Many people assume that Cuba is a relatively untroubled island paradise – but the truth is that Christians are routine targets for persecution by the Cuban Government. If more people knew about this, we could start to change things.
This year we’ve seen a dramatic rise in religious persecution – with over 100 incidents reported so far in 2012, compared to just 28 in 2011. Our sources say they’re experiencing the highest levels of intimidation and harassment of church leaders since 1980. We need you to take action!Specifically, CSW is asking people to write the U.S. State Department to request that Cuba be added to its list of "countries of particular concern," as part of its monitoring of human rights around the world. Get more details here.