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Following its declaration that several towns under its control are now part of the Islamic caliphate, Boko Haram has reportedly targeted Christians. According to the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, Boko Haram has beheaded Christian men, enslaved their widows, and burned down a number of churches in the last week. For years, Boko Haram has plagued Christian communities across Nigeria’s north. This year alone, Boko Haram conducted the mass-abduction of more than 270 schoolgirls. most of whom are professed Christians, and has killed more than 1,700 Christians, according to Jubilee Campaign. To help Christians in Nigeria displaced by the violence, donate to ICC’s Hand of Hope—Africa Fund here, please be sure to note your donation by writing “HH-Africa” in the comment box.

08/31/2014 Nigeria (Osun Defender) – The Catholic Church on Thursday complained that Boko Haram insurgents had taken over the parish church house as well as houses of Christians in Madagali, Adamawa State.

Madagali town is the headquarters of the Madagali Local Government Area and it shares border with Borno State. It is also the closest town to Gwoza, the town that Boko Haram has already annexed.

The church, in an electronic press statement by the Director, Catholic Social Communications in-charge of the Maiduguri Diocese, Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, said that though the members of Boko Haram had been known not to discriminate in their attacks, it however seemed that Christians and Christian institutions had been at the receiving end of the sect’s mayhem.

Obasogie said, “The whole town and the parish rectory have been occupied by the terrorists; so many structures and items have been vandalised. Dozens killed and a lot of church structures have been burnt down.”

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