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Saturday, October 12th, 2013
The combination of ready access to weapons flowing from Arab Spring states in North Africa, and the fact that the Sahel zone is outside the reach of most of the region's military and policing capability, have allowed for the formation of a "petri-dish" for the breeding of Islamists. The lawlessness of the Sahel has allowed the groups operating from to zone to conduct operations against Christian and Western targets with near impunity. The effort of the Séléka in CAR is just one example, where the Islamists are attempting to form a Sharia state despite the population being composed mostly of Christians.
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Boko Haram is suspected in the machete attack last month that left a 78 year old Italian missionary in a coma. Sadly, Afra Martinelli has succumbed to her wounds, adding yet another tragic death to the mounting toll attributed to religious cleansing in Nigeria.
Friday, October 11th, 2013
This opinion piece from the San Diego U-T is written by a Nigerian living in Southern California. It efficiently relates the history of Boko Haram, and also provides a chilling account of one man's miraculous deliverance from their savage grip.
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Christians living in Muslim-domniated areas of Nigeria are suffering not only from terrorist acts of religious cleansing, but also from abuse of official government authority to suppress and subjugate the Christian population. Nigeria's Muslim-led Borno state government has marked certain areas for demolition, in order to "make room for new building." But those areas are populated by the Christian minority, and contain schools and churches. Demolition of the centers of Christian culture in Borno state would fragment the community, and make them even more vulnerable to violence.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
While Christians fight for survival against Islamist attacks in the North of Nigeria, where they are a religious minority, they also battle cultural suppression in areas not beset by violence... even where there is a Christian majority.
Monday, October 7th, 2013
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Christian Post contributor Raymond Ibrahim, author Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians, provides a concise overview of the persecution to which Nigerian Christians have been subjected.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
John L. Allen Jr is author of The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution. In this contribution to The Spectator magazine, Allen poignantly described the atrocities and discrimination visited upon Christians across the world, and the lack of journalistic interest in telling those stories.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
"Rape jihad" is committed routinely throughout Africa by Muslim men as a way of subjugating Christians and those with beliefs different from their own. This sexual terrorism is sanctioned by their prophet, as according the Islamist beliefs, Mohammed called for the subjugation and rape of women who were not strict adherents of Islam. Uyo Salifu, a researcher with the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, presents a thoughtful analysis of this form of persecution and details some recent tragic examples of the practice.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Despite maintaining the largest standing Army on the African continent, and enacting a military state of emergency in the primary areas of militant operations, Nigeria doesn't seem to be making headway in its efforts to defeat the Islamist insurgency. Christians and others viewed as heretics or non-believers are routinely targeted for murder and torture by the Boko Haraam terrorists as part of their ongoing effort to create an Islamic state under Sharia rule. And the Nigerian government seems powerless to stop them.
Monday, September 30th, 2013
In an interview with the Daily Trust, Bishop Ransom Bello describes how faith in Jesus gives the the persecuted Christians of Kano the strength to follow Christ's examples in peaceful outreach to their Muslim neighbors. Bishop Bello is the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Monday, September 30th, 2013
Yet another atrocity was committed by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in their campaign of religious cleansing in northern and central Nigeria. This latest attack is just one of several terrorist operations reported since early last week in Nigeria. The death toll form last week may now be in excess of 100 persons killed and many more wounded by Muslim militants seeking to establish an Islamic state under Sharia rule.
Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Northern Nigeria has been wracked by an Islamist insurgency targeting local Christians, security forces and government institutions. Since early last week, more than 77 persons have been brutally murdered by Islamists. Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful," is the largest of the Islamist groups in the area and the most likely culprit. Non-Muslim schools and universities are regarded by Islamists as instruments of Christian or secular influence. They are targeted for destruction, and thear teachers and students for murder, in order to "religiously cleanse" the region prior to the envisioned establishment of an Islamic state by Boko Haram and their ilk.
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
ICC Note: Noted journalist and human rights advocate Rebecca Tinsley explores the differences in media coverage of the Nairobi mall massacre versus that given to the ongoing persecution of Christians in Sudan and Northern Nigeria. Ms. Tinsley reminds the reader that although the Westgate tragedy was abhorrent, many more Christians are murdered by Islamic fundamentalists on a recurring basis in other parts of Africa. Yet the media remains mostly indifferent. She calls for the United States Government to better use existing forms of leverage to pressure the Nigerian and Sudanese governments to prioritize the protection of Christians subject to persecution.
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Nigerians living in the United States have organized in an effort to draw attention to the unchecked persecution of Christians in Northern Nigeria by the Boko Haram Islamists. They held a gala event in New York City, timed to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, in order to announce the formation of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans.
Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Suspected Islamic militants attacked and killed a pastor and his son, and firebombed their church yesterday in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe. Three northeastern states, including Yobe, are under a government declared military emergency in response to an Islamic uprising that has killed more than 1,700 persons since 2010. The Islamists' stated goal is to convert Nigeria into an Islamic state.
Saturday, September 21st, 2013
142 corpses have been discovered in a town located in northeastern Nigeria after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group fighting to carve out a separate Islamic state in Nigeria, have also focused their brutality on Christians living in northern Nigeria. Church bombings and drive-by shootings are among the group's "go-to" tactics to terrorize Christians. Should this most recent incident of violence lead Christians to fear that a large-scale attack is coming?
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
A Christian man and his two sons were killed in the latest night raid by Muslim extremists in Nigeria's Plateau state. According to reports, a group of ethnic Fulani herdsmen attacked the village of Gura Dabwam on September 3, killing Dauda Dalyop and his two teenage sons. This is the third reported attack on Christians in Nigeria's volatile Middle Belt Region in the past month. With no government protection, Christians will likely continue to suffer these heinous attacks. Also, the local government in Nigeria's northern state of Borno announced it intention to demolish 25 churches and Christian schools to make room for a new housing development. Christians in Borno are fighting this announcement, but it is likely that the demolition will take place anyway.
Friday, September 13th, 2013
In response to Pope Francis calling on Christians to pray for peace in Syria, a priest in Nigeria has called on Christians living in the West African country to apply this practice to their country as well. Christians have faced intense persecution at the hands of Islamic extremists operating in Nigeria's northern states. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state, has targeted Christians for church bombings and drive-by shootings aimed at terrorizing Christians living in the north. Please join these persecuted Christians in praying for peace.
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Attacks against Christian in northern and central Nigeria have continued to escalate in both number and brutality over the past weeks. Christian families living in Nigeria's central states have been slaughtered by Muslim extremists supposedly encouraged by the extremist group Boko Haram. Also, Christians living in the northern states have had to continue to live in a constant state of fear due to the potential of being targeted by Boko Haram as the group fights the government to carve out a separate Islamic state where it can impose its radical interpretation of Islamic law.
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
This article provides an overview of numerous cases of persecution that occurred in the month of June in Africa and the Middle East. There were particular abuses faced by women at the hands of radical Muslim extremists, often justified by Islamic religious leaders. Also, many churches and other places of worship were attacked and in some instances completely destroyed.
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Last week, a group of Muslim extremists likely belonging to the ethnic Fulani herdsmen shot and killed 6 Christians living in a village outside of Nigeria's central city of Jos. Tensions between Fulani herdsmen and Christians have remained high for many years and outbreaks of violence between the two groups is not uncommon. In this case, a Christian family whose house was close to the edge of the village was raided by gunmen and the entire family was slaughtered including a 7 year-old boy. Please pray for peace in Nigeria's central states.
Monday, September 9th, 2013
According to sources at Vanguard in northern Nigeria, the state government of Nigeria's Borno state plans to demolish about 25 churches and Christian schools. The local government says that the demolition is necessary to set up new housing estates, but plans for these new housing estates have yet to be produced. Leaders within the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) believe it is just another attempt by state governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority.
Saturday, September 7th, 2013
Reports of violence between religious communities continues to flow out of Nigeria's northern states. Raids by Fulani Muslim herdsman is just one of many dangers faced by persecuted Christians living in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria, is another. Will the international community start turning its attention to the suffering of Christians in northern Nigeria? Please pray!
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
On the roadside near Nigeria's central city of Jos, 5 Christians were forced off of a minibus and executed after declaring their faith to their captors. Witnesses suspect the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram to be behind the ambush, but confirmation by the group has yet to be declared. Christians in Nigeria's northern and middle belt states have found themselves under increased attack after Boko Haram began its armed insurgency in 2009. Since then, Boko Haram is thought to be responsible for over 3,000 deaths, many victims being targeted because of their Christian faith.
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Between July 25 and August 3 the Nigerian military suspects that Abu-Bakr Shekau, the leader of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, died of wounds he sustained in a firefight with government forces. Many, including Christians in Nigeria, are questioning what Boko Haram's reaction to this news will be. Will the group come to the negotiation table and broker a peace deal or will they become more violent? In weeks following the suspected death of Shekau, Boko Haram has perpetrated a series of brutal attacks, maybe indicating the choice the group has already made. Please pray for the persecuted Christians of Nigeria as they face this chaotic time.
Monday, September 2nd, 2013
According to sources inside northern Nigeria, 6 Christians were recently killed outside the Nigerian city of Jos when they were ordered off a minibus and executed by suspected Boko Haram militants. All of the victims were members of the same church and were ordered to lay on the ground after they told gunmen what religion they belonged to. After robbing them, the extremists executed them on the roadside. Violence like this continues to be perpetuated against Christians in northern Nigeria, prompting many in the international community to advocate for international intervention.
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
The US State Dept. recently said that it strongly condemns the recent killings committed by the Boko Haram extremist group in northern Nigeria. On August 10, suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a mosque in northern Nigeria killing 44 people. The State Dept. also acknowledged the suffering of Christians in northern Nigeria. The Christian minority living in northern Nigeria often find themselves the targets of Boko Haram's most heinous attacks including church bombings, drive-by shootings and midnight home invasions. Please keep northern Nigeria in your prayers.
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
In recent history, Nigeria's middle belt and northern regions have been a scene of extremism fueled by a climate of impunity due to government inaction. All of this has led to a rise in Christian persecution. Small misunderstandings between Nigeria's Muslim and Christian communities can easily lead to all out aggression, as exemplified in this story below. Please pray for the persecuted of Nigeria as they daily face ever escalating levels of extremism.
Monday, August 26th, 2013
According to a Christian leader in northern Nigeria, the climate of impunity created by Nigeria's inaction against Boko Haram and other Islamic extremists has led to an all out assault on Christians living in the West African country. With the Boko Haram conflict in its fourth year, Nigeria has shown either an inability or unwillingness to bring the perpetrators of violence against Christians to justice. This lack of justice has only encouraged attacks on northern Nigeria's minority Christian population. Please pray for the Christians living in this persecuted land.