Missions, The Persecuted Church Across the World

More than in Iraq and Syria combined – August 19th 2020

World Watch Monitor, July 29, 2020

21 pages of incidents of violent attacks took place across the north and Middle Belt of Nigeria between 1 December 2019 and 11 April 2020.

180,000 people are currently Internally Displaced living in 8 camps across Benue State.  Another half a million are living with relatives, driven out of their homes or fearing attack.

The extreme Islamist militants Boko Haram have killed more people than Islamic State killed in Iraq and Syria combined.

This number of 27,000 dead at the hands of Boko Haram over the past ten years is in the latest new report tracking the violence occurring across Nigeria.

Meantime over the past 20 years, nearly 19,000 people have been killed by extremist militant Fulanis, with over 43,000 Nigerians killed by Boko Haram over the same period.

The 311-page report, ‘Nigeria’s Silent Slaughter’, is a collaboration between networks in Nigeria and its diasporas in the UK and the US.

The researchers conclude: “Overall, Boko Haram and Fulani militants are conducting a genocidal slaughter in Nigeria. We are not condemning the entire Fulani population.”

A local journalist, Reuben Buhari, reported that last week, 11-20 July, 64 had been killed in Kaduna in a way that he saw as ‘systematic’ across a traditionally Christian area.

Locals say that there is a clear disparity between the number of Christian villages and communities attacked and the number of Muslims killed.