In Nigeria, Muslim extremists beheaded 10 Christians and shot an eleventh in the latest display of unchecked terror. The attack is reportedly part of a wider campaign to avenge the October death of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Persecution rises in West Africa
According to Open Doors, Nigeria has the most faith-related killings year after year. On Christmas Eve, “[a village in Borno state] was attacked, a church was burned, [and] a girl was kidnapped,” Six says. More about persecution in Nigeria here.
Nigeria isn’t the only country in West Africa struggling to contain Islamic extremism. As MNN reported in October, it’s been a growing problem for months. Quartz Africa featured the following in its December 28 report:
What started in 2009 as an indiscriminate campaign of terror against Muslims and Christians alike has in recent times seemed more targeted. From the 2018 kidnapping in Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe state and the release of the girls with the exception of Leah Sharibu, a Christian, the insurgence seems to have taken a turn to primarily targeting Christians.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to comfort relatives of the people killed in these latest attacks.
- Pray for Nigerian Christians that are continually targeted by militant extremists.
- Pray for strength, protection and godly wisdom as aid workers interact with the broken-hearted. Pray their compassionate care will assure Nigerian believers they are loved and never alone.