Tag: persecuted Christians

The man who talks to Boko Haram

One year after the kidnaping of 232 Nigerian girls, Australian Stephen Davis still says his contacts indicate government complicity.

A year ago April 14, Boko Haram kidnapped 275 girls from the government secondary school in the Christian-dominated town of Chibok, Borno State.

Students reported to the Chibok Government Secondary Boarding School on Sunday, April 13, to take an exam on Tuesday morning, April 15, despite the fact that the government had closed schools across the state because it could not offer protection. At about 11pm armed Boko Haram insurgents broke into the school. They burned the administration block and classrooms. Dressed in military uniforms, they told the girls that Chibok was under attack but that they were there to protect them. The girls believed them and obeyed their orders to mount the vehicles outside. Forty three girls escaped, some during the attack at the school; others during the journey to a camp in the Sambisa forest, where the captive girls were initially kept.

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A truck promotes the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag campaign used by protesters of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping  Photo: Wikimedia CC

One year on, the 232 girls taken that night from Chibok remain in rebel custody. It is not clear where they are being held or what circumstances they had been facing this past year. The first of the babies born to the girls since their captivity arrived in mid-February this year. Four girls who managed to escape after their arrival at the Boko Haram camp reported that they were raped almost on a daily basis. They said those who did not cooperate with the rebels faced severe punishment. Some other girls who were captured before the Chibok girls, and who managed to escape after varying time in captivity, said some girls were killed because they would not renounce their Christian faith.  



Kidnapped Chibok girls – News update

In this report, CBN News cameras travel to Nigeria, and speak with relatives and friends of the 219 girls from Chibok, who continue to be held captive by Boko Haram. A year ago next month, fighters kidnapped 276 girls, mostly Christian, from their school in Chibok. Fifty-seven escaped, but 219 are still being held. The girls’ abduction drew global protests and launched the Twitter hash tag campaign #BringBackOurGirls. But as time passes, there is a grave danger of the plight of the girls being forgotten. We at Friends In The West, along with CBN and many other groups and organisations around the world, want to encourage people to continue to pray for the release of these girls. 

Please visit our Home page on this site to read about how this Chibok incident inspired our founder to re-launch the prayer bracelet campaign.

 



Pakistan Church Attacks: Bombers kill 17

Published: March 16, 2015 by Asif Aqeel

At least 17 people were killed, and 80 others injured, as two churches in the main Christian district of Lahore, Pakistan, were attacked March 15. An Islamist group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, linked to the Pakistan Taliban, claimed responsibility.
At least two of the young attackers blew themselves up – one at each church – when volunteer security guards, working with local police, confronted them at the entrances to the churches.

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At St. John Church, the bomber was kept outside of the courtyard by a security volunteer who dragged the attacker off the wall. World Watch Monitor

The attacks were timed to cause maximum damage; more than 2,000 worshippers were present in the two churches for Sunday services. But prompt action by the Christian volunteers prevented the attackers from entering the buildings.

The incidents took place in Yahounabad, the poverty-stricken Christian neighbourhood in Lahore, outside two churches, St. John’s Catholic Church and the Protestant Christ Church, separated by just 400 metres.



PRAYER REQUEST: INDIA

Please pray for a couple who have emailed us from India.  They’re involved in planting house churches in predominantly Muslim areas. Their success has brought them to the attention of militant Muslims and they live under threat of death. They have a determination to see the Christian community flourish in their country and they have remained at their homes in spite of threats.  Please pray for protection for them and the other Christians in their locality.

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Pray for suffering Christians in India

 

 



NFL star’s Facebook prayer for persecuted Christians

New Orleans Saints, Benjamin Watson, explains why he penned a Facebook prayer for Christians brutalized by ISIS