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04/06/2021 Cameroon (International Christian Concern) – According to a Human Rights Watch report, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has increased attacks in Cameroon since the end of last year, killing at least 80 people and looting hundreds of homes.

“Boko Haram is waging a war on the people of Cameroon at a shocking human cost,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi,  senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “As Cameroon’s Far North region increasingly becomes the epicenter of Boko Haram’s violence, Cameroon should urgently adopt and carry out a new, rights-respecting strategy to protect civilians at risk in the Far North.”  

Cameroon is the 42nd most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian, according to the 2021 Open Doors World Watch List. Especially in the far north, Christians are targeted and killed by Boko Haram in an attempt to rid the country of “infidels” and establish an Islamic state.  This increase in violence follows as the country continues to undergo a battle between anglophone and francophone populations. The “Anglophone Crisis” started in 2017, when separtists in Cameroon began trying to create a new nation known as Ambazonia. This crisis has left the government and the country open to attacks from groups like Boko Haram, who use the confusion and chaos to stage attacks, steal supplies and kill civilians.

Please pray for the end of the Boko Haram insurgency and for the Lord to soften the hearts of militants, who all too often are children forced to partake in heinous acts of violence. Please also pray for those who have been victims of terrorism, for the Lord to heal them and strengthen the church amidst persecution.

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