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Nigerian Christians Cry for Help Amid Intense Persecution

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A Christian anti-persecution charity called on Christians all over the world to pray for fellow believers in Nigeria following the escalating violence they continue to endure.

Open Doors revealed that in the latest among the string of terror attacks against Christians, militant group Boko Haram raided on April 29, 2019 a Christian community in Kuda, northeast Nigeria. The rebels trespassed every home and killed 25 people, reports Premier. Funeral arrangements were suspended as villagers fled when they saw the insurgents in the area the following day.

We are in danger – we have no one to fight for us to end this killing of our people. —Nigerian Christians

“We are in danger – we have no one to fight for us to end this killing of our people,” cried the Christians.

A spokesperson from Open Doors appealed to Christians, “Pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work in the lives of all those affected. Pray that security will be restored soon.”

Christians make up half of Nigeria’s population, but they are being targeted with brutal attacks and violence, according to Gatestone Institute.

International Christian Concern revealed that violence against Christians in Nigeria is escalating since 2017. In March 2019 alone, Fulani militants killed at least 150 people.

Nathan Johnson, ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, said the violence “is slightly different, in that it is a series of targeted attacks on Christian communities attempting to displace farmers and take land for herders.” He added that Christians are “treated as second-class citizens in the twelve northern states, where sharia law is implemented.”

Johnson hopes that other people are concerned with Christians suffering in Nigeria. “Many lack food, water and shelter, because they have been driven off their lands and into cities where they cannot farm or find work.”

Meantime, Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim denounced the Nigerian government and the international community for turning a blind eye to what’s happening in the African country.

In an article, Ibrahim wrote, “This lack of participation is not surprising: they cannot even acknowledge its roots, namely, the intolerant ideology of jihad. As a result, the death toll of Christians has only risen — and will likely continue to grow exponentially — until such time that this reality is not only acknowledged but addressed.”

Joyce Dimaculangan
Joyce Dimaculangan
Joyce has more than 15 years experience writing news, industry articles and blogs for the private and public sectors. Most of her career was spent writing technical documentation for a software company in the Philippines. She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts with a concentration in writing from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. During her leisure time, Joyce pursues her interest in reading fiction and playing with her dogs. She can be contacted at Joyce@1cvm.com.
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