China requiring churches to praise communist government, sing national anthem in order to reopen after lockdown

by Laura Mize · Jul 6th, 2020 8:37 am 

In China, the government allowed some churches to reopen last month after coronavirus lockdowns, but only if church leaders raised the Chinese flag, declared stories of government success fighting the pandemic, and sang the national anthem, reports news outlet Bitter Winter.

The churches allowed to reopen are those run by the state, called Three-Self Churches. Government officials oversaw the ceremonies as the churches opened their doors again.

One parishioner at Guangxi Christian Church described the reopening of their church:

“The church finally reopened after five months, 147 days, or 21 Sundays,” the person said, “but instead of singing hymns to praise God, the government required us to raise the national flag and sing the national anthem, praising Xi Jinping’s ‘victory in fighting the epidemic.’ This is completely contrary to our belief.”

At one church in the city of Quanzhou, attendees had to attend a flag-raising ceremony outside the church. One exterior wall of the church had been painted with a socialist slogan. The pastor also praised socialism’s superiority. A member of the church reported that the United Front Work Department and Religious Affairs Bureau will shutter any churches that do not hold such ceremonies and advance pro-Communist Chinese Party messages.

A pastor of another church said the government required him to attend a conference to study Chinese President Xi Jinping’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and were presented with a 100-page document on the topic.

“Preachers must mainly talk about the state’s policies,” he said. “Those who disobey will be arrested.”

Another pastor stated his belief that the government seeks “to make all people believe in communism only, to ‘sinicize’ Christianity.”

“Three-Self churches should follow the path of house churches,” he added, “and hold meetings in secret, to avoid being controlled by the CCP and save their pure faith.” (Click to Source)

 

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Islamic terrorists slaughter dozens over one-week span in Africa

The largest attack took place in Nigeria. At least 81 people were murdered.
Fri Jun 12, 2020 – 6:52 pm EST

June 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — In recent days, Islamist terrorists have killed dozens of people in two African countries. On Tuesday, suspected members of Boko Haram, also known as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), murdered at least 81 people in a village in northeast Nigeria.

“Residents reported that the men gathered the villagers on Tuesday morning and started shooting in the incident which lasted several hours,” according to CNN.

One survivor of the attack recounted that the Islamist terrorists “gathered us and said they wanted to deliver [a] religious sermon to us. They asked us to submit whatever arm we had. Some villagers gave up their … guns, bow, and arrows.”

“Suddenly, they started shooting at will. Even children and women were not spared. Many were shot at close range,” he continued. “We have buried 49 corpses here while another 32 corpses were taken away by families from the villages around us.”

In addition to murdering more than six dozen villagers, the members of Boko Haram also abducted seven people, “including our village head. They went away with 400 cattle.”

Malam Bunu, the leader of the local defense group, suggested that Tuesday’s massacre took place in retaliation for the death of two members of Boko Haram “whom the villagers managed to kill when the insurgents attempted to attack them about two months ago.”

On Wednesday, the Nigerian army announced that “a large contingent of military personnel have been drafted in the general area to track and apprehend or neutralize the perpetrators.”

“We further wish to reiterate that the Nigerian Army is committed to investigate the circumstances of these callous attacks by desperate Boko Haram criminals and the bandits on innocent civilians,” the press release continued.

“We would ensure that appropriate action is taken to mitigate against any future incidents. While thanking Nigerians for their understanding, we implore all to continue to support and cooperate with the troops as they carry out their duties.”

A further update has not yet been released.

According to the Society for Threatened Peoples, an additional 60 Nigerians were murdered in separate attacks last Tuesday and Wednesday.

“In the village of Kadisau alone, 32 people died when heavily armed men on motorcycles entered the village, burned down houses, shot people at random, and raped women. In Sabuwa district, gunmen attacked seven villages, and terrorized and murdered civilians.”

The recently released 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom, which was prepared by the State Department, summarized the brutal work of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

“Terrorist groups including Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa (ISIS-WA) attacked population centers and religious targets and maintained a growing ability to stage forces in rural areas and launch attacks against civilian and military targets across the North East, according to observers,” the report pointed out.

“The groups continued to carry out person-borne improvised explosive device (IED) bombings — many by young women and girls drugged and forced into doing so — targeting the local civilian population, including churches and mosques.”

Priests and other Christian religious leaders, as well as their families, were “attacked, killed, or kidnapped for ransom” throughout the year, “often by attackers identified as of allegedly Fulani ethnicity.”

“These cases included, among others, the killing of Father Paul Offu and Father Clement Ugwu and the beating of an evangelical Christian pastor from Kaduna State and kidnapping for ransom of his wife, who died in her captors’ custody.”

Local authorities did not blame Islamist terrorism for the attacks, but called them “criminal acts” that were “not religiously motivated.” At the same time, “many Christian civil society groups pointed to such incidents as examples of religiously motivated persecution.”

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), in its annual report, said Boko Haram and ISWAP “continued their insurgencies in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.”

For Christmas, the organization “released a video showing the horrific killing of 11 captives and stated it was executing Christians in retaliation for the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.”

“Since 2009, Boko Haram has displaced more than two million people and killed tens of thousands,” according to the report.

Meanwhile, in Mali, Islamist terrorists attacked several Dogon farming villages last Tuesday and Wednesday, murdering 27 people. Some of them were burned alive.

As reported by The Christian Post, the villages were “predominantly inhabited by Christians.”

While the USCIRF report did not mention Mali, the State Department’s 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom explained that “affiliates of Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM), a U.S.-designated terrorist alliance, attacked multiple towns in Mopti Region, threatening Christian, Muslim, and traditional religious communities, reportedly for heresy.” (Click to Source)

 

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Ramadan in Nigeria: Muslims murder 23 Christians as media claims that “holy month” is for prayer and forgiveness

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Fulani “herdmen” attacking Christians are really Fulani jihadists, but it sounds more politically correct to say “herdsmen” and understate the problem of jihad.

The jihad genocide against Christians and the routine persecution of religious minorities continues to be largely ignored, as well as the doctrine that fuels it, under the argument that to speak about its root causes honestly would smear all Muslims. Thus the worst human rights abuses, occurring daily in the name of Islam, are dismissed and ignored.

The Independent states that during Ramadan, Muslims believe that good deeds are “given manifold reward,” but then it adds that this positive good-deed sentiment is “twisted by Isis.” The Taliban has stated that the reward for martyrdom during Ramadan is 70 times greater than at any other time. Even CNN noted that the Islamic State has called Ramadan the “month of martyrdom,” but yet again made the reference seem to be separate from the religion of Islam itself. However, CNN did admit that “at the core of Salafi-jihadist violence is an extremely literalist reading of history and scripture.” But herein lies the serious and most critical point: there are Islamic states which are spending big money to export Salafi ideology globally, including Iran (which is Shi’ite but supports Salafists such as Hamas), Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

Pakistan and some regions in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East also practice this Salafi ideology, which is being fueled constantly by Islamic states, while the Western media consistently attributes it solely to groups such as al-Qaeda, al-Shaabab, the Taliban, and the Islamic State.

In just about every mainstream media report of violence during Ramadan, victims are given excuses about how peaceful Islam is. Yet normative Islam prescribes violence, despite the fact that there are many Muslims who choose to practice their faith in peace. So-called “radical jihad” groups which practice violence in the name of their religion are fully backed by Quranic texts which provide them with ideological fuel and fire them with religious zeal to continue their activities.

“Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward.” (Quran 4:95)

“(Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels… ‘I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.’” (Quran 8:12)

According to Quran 2:185, “the month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” Then in the verses directly following,  the obligations to the Muslim believer about prayer during Ramadan are highlighted. But then 8 verses later come verses about bloody jihad:

Quran 2:193 Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah. But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors.

While the media and policymakers continue to ignore what is in the Quran, the vast network of terrorist organizations are adhering to it, and so are Islamic countries that fund the spread of the jihad doctrine.

There are enough Muslims worldwide who either engage in jihad or support the jihad verses of the Quran to warrant widespread attention and the formulation of policies to keep such doctrines from spreading in Western countries. The ongoing global jihad is also a reason to pay particular attention to rescuing those who are persecuted in accord with these doctrines.

Nigeria is ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians are most persecuted overall, but the country ranks second in terms of violence. Pakistan is first. Nigeria is first, however, in the number of Christians who are killed for reasons related to their faith.

Haaretz, a Left-leaning Israeli publication, should know what jihad represents more than most. Instead, it ran an article which completely ignored the significance of jihad during Ramadan: What Is Ramadan? Everything You Need to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)Haaretz was apparently afraid to balance its article by addressing the truth about jihad and Ramadan. The article bends over backwards to present only one side of the Ramadan coin, going so far as to only mention those “many Muslims, particularly those who live in the U.S. and Europe,” who are “accepting and welcoming of others around them who are not observing Ramadan,” while leaving out the unreasonable demands by Muslim special interest groups that have managed to compel authorities in many Western cities to allow the broadcasting of the Islamic call to prayer (adhan) over loudspeakers in Minnesota, New Jersey, Mississauga, Ontario, Minneapolis and Calgary during Ramadan.

Many keep forgetting the duty of conquest for Muslims under the dictates of normative Islam, which can include the wanton butchering of Christians, Jews, Muslims of minority sects and other minorities, all in the name of Islam, with special rewards for martyrdom during Ramadan.

“Over 20 killed in spate of new Fulani massacres on Nigerian Christians,” by Samuel Smith, Christian Post, May 14, 2020:

At least 23 people were killed in a spate of attacks carried about by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the Kajuru local government area of Nigeria’s Kaduna this week, sources told The Christian Post.

In a press statement released on Tuesday, the Southern Kaduna People’s Union confirmed that at least 17 people were killed and six injured when Fulani militia laid siege to the Gonan Rogo village in the late hours of Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The village, inhabited by the Adara people, lies along the Kaduna-Kachia road. According to the union, the militia struck around 11:30 p.m. on Monday.

During the attack, an entire household was wiped out and members of several others were killed.

“They broke into the home of Jonathan Yakubu, 40 and slaughtered him,” SOKPU National Public Relations Officer Luka Binniyat said in a press statement. “They also killed his wife, Sheba Yakubu 32, and hacked to death their only three children.”

Their three children are 13-year-old Patience, 6-year-old Revelation and 4-year-old Rejoice.

“From this compound trails of blood led to another gory scene of where Kauna Magaji was killed along with her daughter, Faith Magaji, who died of grisly cutlasses cut to their heads,” Binniyat added.

According to SOKPU, the attackers then struck another compound in the village where they killed a 25-year-old mother named Saraunia Lucky. Her 3-month-old child was able to survive a bullet to the head but a 6-year-old was hacked to death. The baby and his aunt are now being cared for by the Albarka Baptist Church, according to SOKPU.

Others killed in the attack on the home also include 32-year-old Asanalo Magaji and 13-year-old Yayo Magaji.

In another home, a Christian couple in their 20s were butchered. And in another residence, 60-year-old Mailafia Dalhatu was killed as he tried to escape. Dalhatu’s younger brother, Yaro, was killed at another house along with his wife, Saratu, and 14-year-old granddaughter, Blessing.

Separately, a 17-year-old boy named Popular Teacher was killed.

“In total, no fewer than 17 persons were murdered in cold blood for no apparent reason by persons who the villagers identified as Fulani,” Binniyat said. “[Six] people are now receiving treatments in various hospitals. A total of seven cows were rustled. The compound of Liberty Yari was razed but was lucky to escape with his household.”

According to SOKPU, the Fulani neighbors who have lived around the community for over 40 years left the night before the attack.

A mass burial was held for the victims on Tuesday.

Kajuru resident Alheri Magaji, who leads the nonprofit Resilient Aid and Dialogue Initiative, shared details with CP about the incident in Gonan Rogo.

“Yesterday morning, while people slept in their houses, the Fulani people came in and slaughtered people,”….  (Click to Source)

 

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Rohingya Christian refugees abducted, attacked in Bangladesh

By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020

At least 22 Rohingya Christian families were attacked, a Christian pastor and his 14-year-old daughter were abducted, and a Christian church and school were vandalized in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area, which is home to thousands of refugees who fled ethnic and religious persecution in neighboring Myanmar, according to Human Rights Watch.

A large group of men beat up residents, vandalized homes and looted personal property soon after abducting Taher, a Rohingya Christian pastor, and his daughter, in the Kutupalong Camp 2, the group said in a statement urging authorities in Bangladesh to provide protection.

The attack took place on Jan. 27 by machete-wielding Muslim Rohingya men on a Christian community, Radio Free Asia reported.

At least 12 Rohingya Christians were injured and hospitalized and the affected families were relocated to a United Nations transit center.

A police case has been filed against 59 alleged assailants. A group of Muslims also filed a separate complaint later, alleging that the violence was the result of Christians assaulting a Rohingya Muslim man.

Taher’s wife, Roshida, said her husband may have been killed and her daughter converted to Islam. “No one can give me any clear information, but my relatives told me that my daughter has been forced to convert to Islam and marry,” she said, according to HRW.

Some camp residents suspect that the attackers are linked to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, an armed group whose representative denied and condemned the attacks on Christians, according to Benar News.

“The ARSA … attacked us, the Christians. They looted our houses, and beat up many Christian members. At least 12 Christians have been undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics,” a Christian identified only as Saiful was quoted as saying.

Saiful said most of the believers in the camp converted to Christianity in Myanmar and that he and his family crossed into Bangladesh from Baulibazar in Myanmar’s Maungdaw district in 2007.

About 1,500 Rohingya Christians have been living in refugee camps with more than 700,000 predominantly Muslim Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military began its campaign of ethnic cleansing in 2017.

A Christian Rohingya told HRW that camp officials “try to avoid our queries.” Another said a police officer told him that if they wanted to be safe they should “go to the moon.”

In a report on his visit to Bangladesh as the U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee said in January that Rohingya Christians were “in a most difficult position.”

“They told me they were persecuted due to their religion by the Myanmar Government while they lived in Rakhine, and now they face hostility and violence from a small number of other camp residents. This worries me.”

HRW has urged the Bangladesh authorities to “urgently locate Taher and his daughter and bring those responsible to justice.”

“The government should also act immediately to protect all vulnerable groups in the country’s refugee camps, including religious minorities like Rohingya Christians.” (Click to Source)

 

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Iranian Christian convert fears execution if deported for giving wrong answers on Bible quiz

By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020

A 38-year-old Christian convert, who says he would face imprisonment, execution and separation from his British wife and daughter if deported to Iran, has once again applied for asylum to the U.K.’s Home Office, as his appeal was earlier rejected because he wasn’t able to name Judas as the betrayer of Jesus at an immigration hearing.

Reza Karkah from Bradford, who fled Iran for the U.K. in 2003, said if he’s deported, Iranian authorities would punish him for his conversion to Christianity, said the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting his case.

At an earlier immigration hearing, Karkah found it difficult to understand the 150 questions he was asked, including his favorite passage from the Bible, and identifying the betrayer of Jesus and the denomination into which he was baptized, according to The Times (of London). Unable to answer some of the questions correctly, his application was rejected as the judge was not convinced he was a real Christian.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, stressed, “Reza Karkah is the real deal. A courageous man transformed by the gospel and the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ. At stake here is not just the life of Reza, but also his equally brave yet vulnerable wife, and their beautiful daughter.”

If he is deported, his wife, Leigh Riley, would find it difficult to look after their 4-year-old daughter, Rosie, Karkah said. “I am afraid that my daughter will think I have abandoned her if I was deported.”

“I feel weighed down and that my life is on hold. Knowing that I could be snatched off the street makes me nervous about leaving the house. We pray each time we go out that Jesus will have mercy on us. I now have a new life and a new hope. To think that this could be taken from me in a moment is horrible.”

Leigh, who was born in Yorkshire, said, “When I was down and out on the streets, meeting Reza changed my life. He was the first person who was kind to me. Now we are a family and I am a mother to a beautiful four-year-old daughter. I don’t even want to think about what they might do to my husband if he was returned to Iran. You hear such terrible stories.”

In its judgment in 2018, the Home Office said that he would not be exposed to “a real act of persecution” if he was deported.

Williams argued that the Home Office often fails to properly understand “the nature of Christian faith or the scale of the challenges faced by Christians in Iran.” Converting from Islam is illegal in Iran and punishable by death.

Karkah’s initial bid for asylum was rejected in 2004, making him homeless, addicted to drugs and a petty criminal. That’s when he met Leigh. A year later, they converted to Christianity as a result of a local church’s outreach program.

After being baptized, Karkah quit drugs and is now an active member of a church. He has not committed any crime over the last five years.

“The people at the soup kitchen spoke to me about Jesus Christ, the Bible and the need for salvation,” Karkah recalled. “They were kind and compassionate giving us access to a doctor, sleeping bags and clothing. I found hope, we both became Christians. Since then our lives have completely changed. My wife is unrecognizable from the disheveled, broken and abused woman I met in 2012.”

Last year, the Home Office said it would take a second look at another Iranian Christian’s asylum claim after the department first denied the application, arguing that Christianity is not a peaceful religion.

The department faced international criticism for attacking Christianity as a violent religion in a letter stating their reasons for denying the Christian convert’s asylum application. (Click to Source)

 

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Elderly pastor brutally beaten, mocked by Hindu extremists: ‘I am ready to die for Christ’

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Hindu extremists in Andhra Pradesh, India, brutally beat an elderly pastor and verbally abused his wife amid escalating tension over the presence of a Christian church in their community.

Morning Star News reports that Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula was attacked by a group of Hindu extremists after he pleaded with them to stop building a wall meant to block people from attending worship services at his home in L.B. Patnam village, Andhra Pradesh.

“They wanted to build a wall right in front of the church and ban us from using the path,” Appalabattula told Morning Star News. “I pleaded with them to not do so. But the group of at least six neighbors, both male and female, punched me in my stomach several times and pushed me to the floor.”

They picked up a wooden pole and started beating his hands repeatedly with it, he said. Doctors later told him his hand had been fractured.

“I was lying there on the floor screaming for help,” he said. “My wife came running and begged them to stop beating me — it was traumatic.”

That same month, a Hindu priest led a group of extremists to the pastor’s home, where they threatened to kill his wife, Karuna Appalabattula, as she was doing chores outside.

“I did not go to fight with them but I was panicked,” Karuna Appalabattula told Morning Star News. “I did not know what to do. I asked them, ‘What is this you are doing? Why are you after us?’”

The Hindu priest picked up a large log of wood and came running toward her, she said.

“He kept screaming that he would kill me,” she said. “I was crying for help. But their priest abused me in extremely foul language. They called me names they would never use for a mother, wife, sister or any female member of their families. He called me a Christian prostitute and warned me that he would kill my husband.”

When the pastor informed a police official of the abuse his family had endured, he was told to resolve the matter himself.

“They told me that, ‘Your God has to protect you — when your God is not protecting you from your attackers, what can we do staying here?’” the pastor said. “I told them that it was my God who had been protecting me, if not I would not have been alive in front of you.”

The Hindu extremists were reportedly angered by the presence of a church in their village and intimidated worshipers to discourage them from gathering. Pastor Appalabattula said the Hindu villagers had stopped worshipers from coming to services throughout January.

“They would threaten and abuse them in foul language and not let them even park their motorbikes in the area,” he said. “Even before they stop at the church, they are chased and sent away.”

“My wife and I witnessed drug and alcohol addicts, and the sick, come to Christ, and then they had refused to be a part of Hindu rituals in the village.”

Because of the ongoing persecution, youths and Christians from neighboring villages who used to come to their home daily for worship and hours of fellowship are too fearful to come now, the pastor said.

“They were like our own children,” she said. “I would prepare meals and feed them. We sang and worshiped together … We both are very old and weak and are in need of prayers and support.”

Pastor Appalabattula said they are going through a very difficult time.

“I am ready to die for Christ. But the ministry we had started here has come to a sudden halt,” he said. “Not even four members are gathering for Sunday worship. The believers have been very scared, and nobody dares to come and see us.”

India is ranked 10th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.

Over 1,400 incidents of persecution against Christians in India have been reported since the year Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party rose to power, according to an initiative of ADF India.

Recently, it was reported that Hindu extremists in southern India beat Christian children during a worship service before filing a false police complaint against the congregation.

International Christian Concern, an advocacy organization based outside of Washington, D.C., said it often receives reports of rapes, communal violence, forced conversion charges and other abuses committed against Christians in the Hindu-majority country.

“Cases such as these are becoming commonplace in India and are largely fueled by rhetoric of BJP and other [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] officials,” ICC Advocacy Director Matias Perttula said. “They show a clear indication of the decline of religious freedom and an increase in the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities.” (Click To Source)

 

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Pregnant woman and baby among 30 killed, burned to death by Boko Haram

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Boko Haram militants are suspected to have burned and killed no less than 30 people and abducted others Sunday night as the extremist faction continues to terrorize northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

A spokesperson for Borno Gov. Babagana Umara Zulum told CNN that at least 30 people, including a pregnant woman and her baby, are now dead after suspected Boko Haram militants set sleeping travelers on fire in the Auno village of the Borno state.

The travelers were camping out in the village for the night as they missed a 5 p.m. curfew in the state capital of Maiduguri, about 10 miles away.

Sources reported to Vanguard that while most counts say that at least 30 have died, the death toll could be as high as 40. That would include the death of six militants.

According to the state government, militants burned 18 vehicles. Some of the destroyed vehicles included trucks loaded up with food to be taken to the markets the following day.

State government spokesman Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi told AFP that militants stormed Auno village with trucks and mounted weapons. The militants killed, looted and burned.

Village resident Shehu Tanko told CNN that the bodies of the pregnant woman and her baby were among the corpses recovered.

“They burn everywhere. The fire was still on till this morning,” Tanko explained. “We are still looking for many people around here.”

A source told Vanguard that the pregnant woman was likely raped before she was burned to death and that the baby’s head was crushed.

Boko Haram is an Islamic militant insurgency responsible for killing tens of thousands and displacing millions in the last decade-plus.

The terrorist group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2016 but soon splintered after Islamic State leadership tried to replace Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.

Although the Nigerian government claims to have defeated Boko Haram militarily, Boko Haram and its offshoot Islamic State West Africa Province continue to carry out attacks in Borno.

“We have to be brutal in telling the truth. I am pushed to the wall to say the truth. Since I was inaugurated as governor of Borno State, Boko Haram has attacked Auno six times,” Zulum said in a statement, according to Vanguard. “Another thing is that the military has been withdrawn from Auno town. I am not undermining the capacity of the military but we have made repeated appeals for the military to establish their unit in Auno.”

Gov. Zulum recently gave a guest lecture at the National Defence College in Abuja in which he detailed the challenges of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Borno state. Zulum alleged that the insurgency is responsible for making 59,311 orphans and 59,213 widows.

Boko Haram over the years has abducted hundreds of school girls. The group has also abducted pastors and others in attempts to raise funds through ransom payments.

Last month, Boko Haram executed Rev. Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria’s chapter in the Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Andimi was kidnapped in early January and was seen in a ransom video praising God before his death.

Also in January, the Islamic State released a propaganda video purporting to show the killing of a Nigerian Christian university student by a child soldier. In December, the Islamic State faction claimed to have killed 11 Christian aid workers in Nigeria in retaliation for the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In a statement Monday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared that the Nigerian government is “combating frontally the dreadful activities of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State.”

Buhari and his administration have faced international scrutiny over their inability to thwart extremist attacks by Boko Haram, ISWAP and radical Fulani herdsmen in the country’s Middle Belt.

Last December, the U.S. State Department listed Nigeria for the first time on its special watch list for countries that engage or tolerate severe religious freedom violations. Nigeria was placed on the list because of the “lack of effective government response” to increasing violence. (Click to Source)

 

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Christians are being captured and killed across the globe: ‘World Watch List’ takes you inside the crisis

‘An unparalleled glimpse into the 50 places around the world where it costs the most to be a Christian’

FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Millions of Christians across the globe live in perpetual fear that they will be punished, harmed — or even killed — for merely practicing their faith.

Worldwide persecution continues to be at a fevered pitch, with varying degrees of affliction for those who openly embrace the Bible.

This tragic reality is more than evident in Open Doors USA’s latest “World Watch List,” an annual report that offers “an unparalleled glimpse into the 50 places around the world where it costs the most to be a Christian.”

According to the stunning 2020 report, more than 260 million Christians live in places where there is a high level of persecution, amounting to one-in-eight Christians worldwide.