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05/18/2021 Niger (International Christian Concern) – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) sent a report to Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Monday stating that over 10,000 people have fled west Niger over the past two days. According to local officials, the mass migration is due to increasing jihadist violence in the region.

According to the report, 11,000 civilians fled the Anzourou area and took refuge in the town of Tillaberi from May 14 to 15.

“OCHA says the displaced come from the four of the 24 villages in the Anzourou area, part of the unstable Tillaberi department that stretches across 40,000 square miles) in Niger’s west,” wrote AFP,

“Tillaberi is in the flashpoint “tri-border” region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, the site of frequent attacks by jihadist groups.”

20 people have been murdered in these villages this month alone, and an additional 13 people were killed in March. Jihadists have had control over much of Northern Mali since a coup attempt in 2012, which has enabled them to recruit, train and equip fighters for nearly a decade. From there, fighters have crossed the borders into Niger and Burkina Faso, persecuting anyone who opposes their extremist agenda, especially Christian believers.

Please pray for peace in Niger and for the Lord to soften the hearts of militants. 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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