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Nigeria: a thousand Christians killed in first 100 days of 2023

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“Nigeria: a thousand Christians killed in first 100 days of 2023,” La Croix International, April 18, 2023

Over 50,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria by Islamist extremists over the past 14 years, with some 1,000 Christians brutally murdered in the first 100 days of 2023 alone, according to a new report by the civil rights group Intersociety.

“It has been investigated and found that no fewer than 1,041 defenseless Christians were hacked to death by Nigeria’s Jihadists in the first 100 days of 2023. Also, no fewer than 707 Christians were abducted within the same period… Going by our findings warranting this special investigative report, the number of Christians killed in the country for nonviolently professing Christianity between July 2009 and April 2023 has risen to 52,250,” according to the report, titled “Martyred Christians in Nigeria”, published by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety). About 34,000 moderate Muslims also died in Islamist attacks.

“No fewer than 50 million Christians majority of them in Northern Nigeria are facing serious threats from jihadists for being professed Christians; out of which not less than 14 million have been uprooted and eight million forced to flee their homes to avoid being hacked to death. About five million have been displaced and forced into IDP camps within Nigeria and refugee camps at regional and sub-regional borders,” the Nigerian non-governmental organization report pointed out.

Also, at least 800 Christian communities have “uprooted and seized or taken over; with many of them renamed and Islamized by the jihadists” since 2009, reported Intersociety which has been investigating religious persecution and other forms of religious violence by state and non-state actors in Nigeria since 2010.

According to Intersociety findings as many as 18,000 churches and 2200 Christian schools and other Christian learning centers were most likely to have been attacked by the Jihadists or destroyed in part or in whole including being razed or burned down. The number of Mosques and Islamic learning centers attacked by jihadists is “minutely disproportionate” when compared to number of churches or Christian schools attacked, according to the report….

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