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January 2019
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Nigeria: Thousands of Christians slaughtered in worsening attacks

Fresh back from a fact-finding mission to Nigeria, Baroness Cox reports that thousands of Christians have reportedly been killed in escalating attacks led by Fulani militia. She visited the Anguldi Refugee Camp in Jos, Plateau State, which provides shelter to 2,600 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and spoke to a number of survivors. Deaconess Susan Essam in Jos said, ‘They shot Sarah’s husband and children and so she begged them to kill her too, but they refused, saying that they wanted her to cry and bear the pain.’ Margaret from Ngar village said, ‘My sister was raped and her wrists cut off before she was shot...

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August 2018
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Growing threat to Christians across Africa

Christians in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali are suffering increased attacks from Fulani Islamists, amidst global concerns over Islamist consolidation in northern Africa. Violence has escalated across those parts of Africa where Christians have contact with Fulani herdsmen. The Fulani are Muslim and, though living alongside Christians for years, hardcore Islamist teachings have led to an escalation in terrorism and deadly attacks by their extremists against Christian-background farming communities. The religious differences have exacerbated long-standing tensions between the nomadic herdsmen and farmers. In June this year, a cycle of attacks and counter-attacks in the middle belt of Nigeria saw 215 lives claimed on both sides,...

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February 2018
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International: Nigeria – Boko Haram resurgent

Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has declared it is still thriving, despite public comment from the Nigerian government that it had defeated the jihadist organisation. In a video broadcast, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria during the festive season were the result of the group’s activities. He said: ‘We are in good health and nothing has happened to us’. According to reports in the Daily Mail, the leader, who was speaking in the Hausa language, said the Nigerian troops, police and ‘those creating mischief against us cannot do anything against us’. He then claimed his group had carried...

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January 2018
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International – Cameroon deports Nigerian Christians

Cameroon has deported more than 100,000 Nigerian refugees, most of whom identify as Christian. ​According to a report from Barnabas Fund, citing Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports: since 2015 Cameroon has forcefully deported over 100,000 Nigerian refugees who had escaped into Cameroon fleeing Boko Haram Islamist violence. One of the deportees said of the Cameroonian soldiers, ‘They humiliated us like animals and beat us like we were slaves. HRW also reported how the Cameroonian army often accuses the refugees of being Boko Haram militants in disguise, and the women of being ‘Boko Haram wives’. According to the UN High Commission on Refugees, Cameroon’s actions violate...

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August 2017
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Persecution: Nigeria – schoolgirls released

Islamic militant group Boko Haram has released a further 82 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted in April 2014. In June, the 82 girls, 75 of whom are Christians, were set free. A Christian leader from Chibok said, ‘God is answering the prayers of his people’. Boko Haram has deliberately targeted Christians and Western-style educational establishments since the Islamist group, whose name means ‘Western education is forbidden’, began its campaign of terror in 2009. In a newsletter, Barnabas Fund urged the government to allow the girls to return home — 21 girls released last year are still being kept in Abuja — so...

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January 2017
Nigeria

IDP camps in north Nigeria

Recently, John Kalma wrote to ET: ‘Hope you are all doing fine. It’s great reading mission information in ET International, which you graciously send me. I distribute the same to quite a good number of readers here in Abuja, Nigeria. Indeed, many people are blessed reading the Christian news. I personally travelled to north east Nigeria — Maiduguri, in Borno State, in particular — and saw things for myself (I am from that area). I decided to share this with you all, for your prayers. The deplorable condition of IDPs (internally displaced persons) in north east Nigeria, particularly women and children, has reached a sad...

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July 2016
Nigeria

Creation teaching in Nigeria

In April 2016, at the two African Pastors Conferences (APC) in Nigeria — one in Abuja, and the other in Kaduna State — we had a very valuable time. It was extremely hot, 35oC and above, with little aircon. But it was a great blessing to reach eager pastors willing to preach the biblical gospel and bring the theology of creation to these Christian leaders. Increasingly, the issue of creation has an effect on African congregations, as more young people have contact, through smart phones and social media, with erroneous Western ideas. Irving Steggles, pastor of Birchleigh Baptist Church, Kempton Park, South Africa, though fighting...

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