Persecution

Thursday September 3, 2015

Let Me Tell You Why Blood Is Flowing in Plateau State, Nigeria

Voice of the predominantly Christian, ethnic Berom cries out for justice.By Abiodun Kuforiji Nkwocha
September 3, 2015 (Morning Star News) – What would you say if I told you that between last year and this year an estimated 11,000 people have been killed in Plateau state, mainly in Berom communities?
What if I told you that over 40 villages have been sacked and some wiped out completely in Berom communities alone? If you were Nigerian you would try to correct me and say that I am probably talking about the North East and not the North Central. You would be wrong.

What if I told you that 11,000 is a conservative number?

What if I asked you to station yourself at any mortuary and count the number of corpses that come in every single day from gun and machete injuries from the hands of armed Fulani men, sometimes with cohorts from security agencies? Even if you were able to count the victims, I would ask you about the ones that are missing. I would ask about the bodies thrown into wells. I would ask about hastily prepared, same-day burials because it is easier to bury the people today than to keep them and add the corpses of the next day. [READ MORE]

News from the Frontlines

Tuesday September 1, 2015

Somali Christians Fleeing Islamic Extremists Lose Family, Fingers

Converts from Islam in Somaliland, Somalia pay price for faith.By Our East Africa Correspondent
HARGEISA, Somaliland, August 31, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Desperate to avoid arrest in Somaliland for leaving Islam, one Christian fled to Ethiopia, while another in Somalia escaped kidnappers after losing fingers for his faith.
Sharif (full name withheld for security reasons) said he had to leave his wife and four children behind in order to sneak out of Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia.

After the 31-year-old Sharif put his faith in Christ in May 2014 in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, a year later rumors began circulating that he had left Islam, he said.

“My association with a visiting white missionary landed me in trouble,” he told Morning Star News by phone from an undisclosed town in Ethiopia. “I feel sad because I cannot see my family, because if I return back to Somaliland, then the government will arrest me.” [READ MORE]

Nigeria

Tuesday September 1, 2015

Stabbed Pastor in Nigeria Goes into Relapse; Plateau State Christians Protest in Abuja

Two more Christians killed in Plateau state.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
ABUJA, Nigeria, August 29, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A pastor stabbed in April by rampaging young Muslims in Kaduna state has suffered a relapse after an initial recovery, while hundreds of Christians from Plateau state this week traveled to the federal capital to protest ongoing violence in their state.
The Christians charged into the streets of Abuja two days after two more Christians were found killed by suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state. The bullet-ridden bodies of Ibrahim Nyam and Jimmy Pam were discovered on Sunday morning (Aug. 23) in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. Muslim Fulani herdsmen active in the area were suspected of killing the two members of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) the previous evening as they traveled together by car, said two sources, one a COCIN member.

Christian groups from Plateau state on Tuesday (Aug. 25) went to Abuja to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and present him with a petition outlining attacks on Christian communities by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen. Ban was in Nigeria to meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. [READ MORE]

News from the Frontlines

Friday August 28, 2015

Death Threats, Forced Conversions of Christians Cited in India

Hostilities continue through, long hot summer under new prime minister.By Our New Delhi Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Aug. 28, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Heightened hostilities against Christians in India that began late last year continued through a hot summer, with Hindu extremists threatening Christians and forcing them to “reconvert” to Hinduism, church leaders said.
In Rajasthan in the northwest, 10 Christian families in Nakhnool village, near Alwar, have fled after intolerant Hindus harassed and threatened to kill them, area church leaders said.

“Since June 27, we have not been able to have any kind of worship meetings,” area pastor Malkeet Singh told Morning Star News. “The extremists threatened to harm us if we utter the name of Christ or conduct any Christian meetings.”

Tensions grew on July 19 when members of the Hindu extremist Shiv Sena, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the village held a “homecoming” to Hinduism (Ghar Vapsi) in front of Pastor Pratap Singh’s house. [READ MORE]

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