Sixty-three Christian pastors and church leaders remain locked up in deplorable conditions in four prison camps around the country. The prison sentences received by each are staggeringly long, ranging from five to 18 years.
After Bao and his family converted to Christianity four months ago, authorities told him he could not live in the village or purchase any products like food, clothing or candles from the village as long as he continued in his beliefs.
In February, sustained night-time attacks by "villagers with the hand of the government behind them" in Vietnam's Central Highlands destroyed the homes and thousands of coffee plants of ethnic Sedang Christians. Eventually four families were forced to flee for their lives.
Newly converted Christians in Vietnam's Central Highlands were terrorized last week – their homes and personal property badly damaged or destroyed in four consecutive night raids, and some of the faithful seriously injured from beatings in broad daylight.