Christians in Niger Still Recovering From Attacks on Churches After Charlie Hebdo Massacre
ICC Note: Persecution of Christians in Niger is one of the forgotten tragedies around the world. Much of the Western media ignores persecution of Christians in Africa, in general, while the Church in the developed world largely remains ignorant. But while al-Shabaab, ISIS, and Boko Haram often grab headlines for targeting followers of Jesus in Africa, Christians are still suffering in Niger. After the Islamist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January, Muslims burned dozens of churches in Niger, leaving countless Christians homeless and without a building to worship Christ on Sundays.
4/22/15 Niger (Christian Today) – Christians in Niger are still recovering from violent attacks in January carried out in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre that resulted in the destruction of dozens churches throughout the country.
French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo published a cartoon of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad and its Paris offices were subsequently attacked on January 7 by two Muslim gunmen, killing 12 people.
In retaliation for the attack, Charlie Hebdo published a provocative cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad that triggered attacks against Christians and their churches in Niger on January 17.
Angry mobs of Muslims burned and destroyed a total of 69 churches as well as countless Christian homes, and killed 10 people in the violence that reached the country’s capital, Niamey.