As the world turns to Nigeria following the abduction of more than 240 girls from a government -run secondary school in Chibok on April 14 by Boko Haram militants, ABC recounts some of the many told and untold atrocities Christians have suffered over the course of the Islamic insurgency’s existence. Designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the U.S. last fall, Boko Haram continues to carry out violent attacks, primarily against Christian communities situated in Nigeria’s North, in it’s pursuit of establishing a separate Islamic state to be run by Sharia Law.
05/11/2014 Nigeria (ABC) – The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram gained worldwide notoriety this week after they admitted to kidnapping 300 high school girls last month and threatening to sell them into marriages.
But the group has long terrorized residents of northern Nigeria — especially Christians, according to one survivor of an attack.
Habila Adamu, a resident of northern Nigeria, survived a mass killing of Christians by Boko Haram two years ago and came to the United States to share his story last year.
He recalled how gunman bearing AK-47s went around his neighborhood shooting and killing Christians who refused to accept Islam.
“They asked me, ‘Habila, are you ready to die as a Christian?'” Adamu recalled during his testimony in Congress last November. They were the last words Boko Haram gunman spoke to him before they shot him through the head.