In the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, many marriages begin with bride kidnapping. The practice is especially common in rural areas where as many as one-third of marriages begin this way even though it was outlawed in 1994.
What were you doing at age 23? Eric Mock of The Slavic Gospel Association tells a story from the war zone of Ukraine. “At 23 years of age, Dimitri saw there was a church with no pastor. So he left college with his friend for a time. […]
Last fall, Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a devastating war in the Southern Caucasus. The conflict killed almost 5,000 soldiers and at least 143 civilians. Heavy shelling damaged houses, forcing people to flee. This week, Armenia again accused Azerbaijan of moving troops into its territory.
Last month, the U.S. joined several other countries in recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The Ottoman Empire, which covered modern-day Turkey, carried out this mass killing of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I.