SAD REPORT: 1.3 Million Nigerian Christians Have Fled Their Homes Since 2000...

SAD REPORT: 1.3 Million Nigerian Christians Have Fled Their Homes Since 2000 [DOWNLOAD]

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on March 6, 2016
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A heavy security presence from the police is a reminder of the attacks by Boko Haram on Christian worshippers in Kano, Nigeria on March 31, 2013. | Ed Kashi

Open Doors, a global organization based in Germany that advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world, has published a 47-page report on violence against Christians in northern Nigeria.

“Not just radical Islam, Boko Haram being the most notable example, but also Muslim Hausa-Fulani herdsmen and the northern Muslim political and religious elite are also major actors of targeted violence towards the Christian minority,” the report says.

“Moreover, Christian communities in Sharia states especially but also in other parts of northern Nigeria face the challenge to withstand the pressure of an environment that marginalizes and discriminates.”

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The report found that a “minimum of 9,000-11,500 Christians have been killed,” that 1.3 million Christians have fled their homes since 2000, and that 13,000 churches “have been closed or destroyed altogether.”

Download full report HERE.



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