In various parts of the world, Christians suffer brutal persecution and a genocide. How many media are talking about what is happening there?
Report of the NGO InterSociety on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria
Counting Stars has been reporting on the situation in Nigeria for years, and the news from there is increasingly alarming. Recently, the NGO InterSociety published an alarming report that has had very little impact in the mainstream media. The report refers to the massacre of Christians being carried out by Boko Haram Islamists and Fulani jihadists, and also at the hands of “their collaborators in the security forces”. InterSociety recalls that 3,530 Christians were massacred in Nigeria in 2020, and in 2021 there are already 3,462 who have been killed.
Islamists murder an average of 17 Christians a day in that country
InterSociety has pointed out that this figure, corresponding to the first 200 days of 2021, represents an average of 17 Christians killed every day by the terrorist group Boko Haram and Fulani jihadist pastors. The NGO recalls that Boko Haram massacred more than 4,000 Christians in 2014, while Fulani jihadist pastors murdered 1,229 Christians. It seemed a difficult figure to beat, but according to the NGO, in the first four months of 2021 1,992 Christians were massacred and 2,200 kidnapped in that country. Between May 1 and July 18, 780 more Christians have been kidnapped, bringing about 3,000 Christians kidnapped in Nigeria so far this year.
10 pastors kidnapped or killed and 300 churches attacked
The fate of many of those abducted is unknown, but the NGO estimates that some 300 of them may have been killed. Another 150 Christians are listed as “dark figures” because there is no data on them, although it is estimated that they may also have died. InterSociety also notes that since January 2021 an estimated 300 churches have been threatened, attacked, closed, destroyed or burned in Nigeria, and 10 Christian pastors have been kidnapped or killed (both priests of the Catholic Church and pastors of the Pentecostal Churches) by the jihadists. The state of Taraba is the most affected by this genocide that Christians are suffering in that country.
Nigerian security forces, accomplices of Islamists
The NGO also denounces the “impunity and complicity” of the Nigerian security forces in these crimes: “It is deeply saddeningthat till date those responsible for the anti Christian butcheries in the country have continued to evade justice and remained unchecked, untracked, uninvestigated and untried; leading to impunity and repeat-atrocities. The surviving victims and families of the dead victims are also totally abandoned by the Government of Nigeria.”
In northern Nigeria, according to this NGO, “the jihadists operate freely under the cover and protection of the security forces; abducting, killing, looting, destroying or burning and forcefully converting their captive and unprotected Christians and their homes and sacred places of worship and learning. But the same security forces hatefully and brutally respond with utter ferocity against Southern and Northern Christians accused of infraction or offending the law.”
The Spanish government accepted human rights councils from the Nigerian government
The InterSociety report includes the numbers of Christians massacred for each state in Nigeria. Many of the murders are carried out with machetes and gunshots. Paradoxically, while these atrocities are taking place in that country, tolerated and supported by its security forces, the Nigerian government allows itself the luxury of educating other countries on human rights. In 2020, the Spanish government of Pedro Sánchez accepted two recommendations from the Nigerian government on human rights, and that after Nigeria appeared in January 2020 in a report by the NGO Open Doors that indicates that there are very high levels of persecution against Christians in that country.. It should be remembered that the president of Nigeria is Muhammadu Buhari, a Sunni Muslim who 20 years ago supported the imposition of Islamic law throughout the country.
The international silence in the face of this genocide
The most astonishing thing about this authentic genocide that Christians in Nigeria are suffering is the international silence, both political and media. The mainstream media look the other way to what has been happening there for years, as if those black lives don’t matter simply because they are Christian lives. Only some Christian-inspired media or religious information make an effort to denounce this massacre.
Photo: issafrica.org. Jihadist terrorists from Boko Haram.
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