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10/13/2018 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – One of the most essential, yet often over­looked, facets of ICC’s ministry is advo­cacy. ICC’s advocacy department strives to be a voice for persecuted communities around the world through their influence in various government bodies. As such, ICC has a volun­teer team specifically dedicated to supporting these efforts. One of the primary responsibili­ties of advocacy volunteers involves sharing ICC’s petitions.

This past summer, ICC launched a petition on behalf of persecuted Christian farmers in Nigeria. Over the last 20 years, it is estimated that victims of attacks led by Boko Haram and Fulani militants number as high as 50,000 to 60,000. Unfortunately, the lack of action by the Nigerian government continues to embolden Fulani militants in their violent actions. This petition called on the Nigerian government to take action to bring Fulani militants to justice and protect the vulnerable Christian commu­nity in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region.

Volunteers all over the world sprang into action to raise awareness about persecution in Nigeria and share the petition in their com­munities. Volunteers found creative ways to draw attention to ICC’s petitions in a variety of ways. Some shared the petition online, whether through social media or among fam­ily and friends via email. Others opted to share the petition in a face-to-face manner, such as speaking about the petition in church, sharing it in their small groups, or simply rais­ing awareness among their neighbors.

Due, in part, to the global reach of ICC’s volunteers, this petition garnered signatures from nearly 90 countries, across six conti­nents. The international reach of these petitions is very beneficial in ICC’s advocacy work, because it supports the fact that religious free­dom is not a regional or partisan issue.

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