New reports outline the latest “hot spot” for terrorism: Africa.
Islamic militants have averaged 14 violent events per day for the past ten years, according to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. In the Sahel, terrorist activity is up by 33-percent compared to last year.
The United Nations explored similar warnings last week. In a report issued to the UN Security Council, experts said Africa was the hardest-hit region during the first half of 2021. General Stephen Townsend, the commander of U.S. forces in Africa, warned about terrorism’s “unabated” expansion in the continent at the end of June.
“It’s a threat, and you see the way they (terrorists) are going into countries we had not seen [them] involved in before; you think of countries like Burkina Faso and Mali,” Greg Musselman with Voice of the Martyrs Canada says.
“Islamic groups are growing stronger and stronger. That is not only causing problems for Christians, it’s causing problems for the general population.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray persecuted African believers will find strength and courage in the Lord.
- Pray God will give government leaders His wisdom and discernment regarding the best course of action in this situation.