AMERICA NOW EXCLUSIVE: New Report Shows Anti-Christian Violence In Nigeria At Its Highest Level In Years

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According to a report by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, in the first 200 days of 2021, at least 3,462 Christians, including ten priests or pastors, were murdered in Nigeria.

This number is just 68 deaths short of the total number of deaths in 2020.

The report stated that the number of unarmed Christians murdered by members of the Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram or other Jihadist groups between Jan. 1 to July 18, 2021, is just barely lower that the number reported by Open Door’s International for 2020.

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This number translates to 17 Christian deaths daily, the second highest daily average since 2014, when Boko Haram and jihadist Fulani herdsmen killed over 5,000 Christians.

In addition to the Christians killed in 2021, some 3,000 Christians, mostly young girls and women, were kidnapped by Islamic terrorists and their whereabouts remain unknown.

About 300 churches were threatened, attacked, closed, destroyed or burnt since January 2021.

In its report, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law stated that it was “deeply saddening” that 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.”

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The organization states that the government has completely “abandoned” the victims, the survivors, who were left with lasting physical and mental scars, and their families.

“The country’s security forces have so fumbled and compromised that they hardly intervene when the vulnerable Christians are in danger of threats or attacks, but only emerge after such attacks to arrest and frame up the same population threatened or attacked,” the organization stated.

The report argues that in the Muslim-majority north of the country, the jihadists operate freely under the cover and protection of the security forces, “with fundamentalists abducting, killing, looting, destroying or burning and forcefully converting the captives and unprotected Christians and their homes and sacred places of worship and learning.”

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The report maintains that the same security forces “hatefully and brutally respond with utter ferocity against Southern and Northern Christians accused of infraction or offending the law.”