In Nigeria, "17 Christians murdered every day": "Mass killings are now a national emergency"

“The violence continues, killings and displacement against Christians and others have only increased. In fact, in 2021, massacres occur almost every night, while during the day young boys are being killed in the fields. "

[Warning: Certain testimonies reported in this article are likely to offend the sensitivity.]

Numerous reactions followed the decision of the US State Department to remove Nigeria from the list of Countries of Special Concern. The latest is on the initiative of the interfaith Christian ministry International Release.

The organization denounces a "war in slow motion", claiming that "more Christians are being killed there than anywhere else on the face of the Earth". She asks that the country be placed on the CPC list again in order to put pressure on it from the international community.

Release International partners, including the Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi, the Anglican Church of Nigeria's communications director Hassan John and ChinaAid, claim that “17 Christians [are] murdered every day in the world's most populated by Africa ”, before specifying,“ mass killings are now a national emergency ”.

They denounce the villages set on fire by the Fulani and Boko Haram militants, "massacres [which] occur almost every night". And according to them, "victims are often targeted because of their religious identity."

“The violence continues, killings and displacement against Christians and others have only increased. In fact, in 2021, massacres occur almost every night, while during the day young boys are being killed in the fields. Pregnant women are brutally dismembered, their babies mutilated before their eyes. And a whole congregation of the church was taken away and held captive. "

For Paul Robinson of Release International, "now is not the time for the international community to take their eyes off Nigeria."

MC

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Article originally published on December 15, 2021.

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