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Mali is becoming increasingly dangerous place for Christians who are trying to live their lives and faith out every day. The northern half of the country has been very dangerous for years as Jihadists took control of it in 2012. This year, however, the violence is continuing to spread further south into the country.  There has also been an increase in hostility towards foreigners in the country as the jihadists continue to gain strength and land.

 

2017-12-12 Mali (WorldWatchMonitor)

Sory* was threatened by Islamists when they heard about his work at a church in Djalloube, central Mali, and fled, leaving his family traumatised.

“I started to face serious problems when the Islamists heard about me and the conversion of some of the people [from Islam to Christianity],” Sory says. “They sent me warnings through friends, telling me to stop talking about Jesus or risk getting killed. They said they knew it was easy to kill Christians because [Christians] don’t have any weapons. They can simply be slaughtered.”

Sory remembers how not long after that the jihadists attacked security forces stationed in the forests and killed an officer near where he lived. “Neighbours warned me that they were also looking for me. I did not waste a moment, but fled immediately,” he recalls. “My wife and children stayed behind with my neighbour.”

He says he didn’t even take the time to put shoes on and that, after a while, his feet were full of thorns. “I was in so much pain that I couldn’t walk any further. In the end, I tore some fabric from my trousers and tied that around my feet to continue going,” he says.

The next morning his wife called him, asking him to come back as she feared for his safety in the forest. After receiving reassurance from his neighbours that the attackers had left, he went home to his wife and children.

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