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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Nigeria: report finds increasing attacks on Christians
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¬†A group which visited northern Nigeria last month has reported a major escalation in attacks on the Christian communities there. Baroness Caroline Cox who travelled with the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, visited Kano and Bauchi States, and received evidence from the Anglican Bishop of Katsina State. They also visited Plateau State. She said: "Examples of systematic discrimination and violence were found during the visit to Kano, Bauchi, and Katsina States. We are concerned that there is an insidious escalation of discriminatory practices. Although there has been a welcome lull in incidents of mass violence and killings, destruction of churches continues." A summary of the report's findings include: ∑ We are concerned that the situation is deteriorating in terms of the recent destruction of churches by mob violence or by demolition authorized by State or local authorities ∑ Abduction of young people with the intention of converting them to Islam ∑ Educational discrimination in access to education and within the education system ∑ Religious discrimination ranging from discrimination in provision of licenses for churches to demolition and violent destruction of churches and properties belonging to Christians ∑ Economic discrimination in access to jobs and bank loans ∑ Political discrimination against Christians (for example, denial of registration with a Christian name) ∑ Physical violence: riots, mob violence, attacks on Christian people and property. Recent attacks on and destruction of churches include six of the eight churches in Ningi, Bauchi State, including: St. Paul,s Anglican Church, Deeper Life Church, St. Mary,s Roman Catholic Church, COCIN (Church of Christ in Nigeria) Church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and the Redeemed People,s Mission (May 2008). Also, Christ our King Catholic Church in the Naibawa District of Kano City (June 2008). For further information see: www.hart-usa.org Source: David Alton
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