Tag: Persecution of Christians

April 21, 2020 – Is the World Ignoring a Christian Genocide in Nigeria?

https://providencemag.com/2020/04/world-ignoring-christian-genocide-nigeria/

How much do Westerners know about Nigeria? Do we recognize it as Africa’s largest nation? Are we aware of its considerable economic importance? Are Western Christians alert to the dangers faced by our fellow believers in Nigeria?

Granted, it’s a little challenging to learn about Nigeria’s woes because we have to search for reports. Sadly, they only appear randomly on Christian websites. But it’s increasingly conspicuous that with every passing week, violence and terror in Nigeria intensify.

In fact, at this very moment—another genocide against Christians is silently unfolding there.

June 21, 2019: UN Day marks victory for religious freedom

https://www.catholicregister.org/home/international/item/29774-un-day-marks-victory-for-religious-freedom?utm_source=ADF+International+Alliance+Alert+Subscribers&utm_campaign=28be885019-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_30_09_41_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d877f2b466-28be885019-92538885&mc_cid=28be885019&mc_eid=749ce7a1dd

OTTAWA — Getting the United Nations and the European Union to acknowledge the persecution of Christians is an ongoing challenge, but there are signs of progress, says Marcela Szymanski, a lobbyist for Aid to the Church in Need.

One positive step was taken May 29 with a United Nations resolution to make Aug. 22 the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, said the Brussels-based editor of Aid to the Church in Need’s Religious Freedom in the World Report.

May 23, 2019 – Iraq’s Christians ‘close to extinction’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-48333923

The Archbishop of Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, has accused Britain’s Christian leaders of failing to do enough in defence of the vanishing Christian community in Iraq.

In an impassioned address in London, the Rt Rev Bashar Warda said Iraq’s Christians now faced extinction after 1,400 years of persecution.

Since the US-led invasion toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein in 2003, he said, the Christian community had dwindled by 83%, from around 1.5 million to just 250,000.

April 23, 2019 – Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-sri-lanka-easter-bombings-26423?utm_source=CNA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and left 500 injured.