Nigerian Christians Trusting in God for Protection as ISIS Moves Into Nigeria After Being Pushed Out of Syria

In Nigeria, Christians live under multiple threats from Islamic State which has moved into Nigeria.

The 91 million Nigerian Christians trust Jesus for protection and survival. Open Doors partners with the local church to strengthen, support, equip, and aid persecuted believers in Nigeria living under threat from Islamic State.

The fall of the ISIS (Islamic State) territorial caliphate in Syria has pushed them to leave the Middle East for Nigeria where they can join local wings of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram is responsible for more than 34,000 deaths in Nigeria since 2011.

  • On May 18, 17 Christians were kidnapped by extremists during a church choir practice. These believers are currently being held for ransom.
  • On April 28, Boko Haram killed as many as 25 believers in the Christian community of Kuda.
  • Since the beginning of 2019, persecution in Nigeria is on the rise from multiple threats: Boko Haram, Fulani militants and other extremist groups looking to stamp out Christians or make a profit from their abductions.
  • These believers need emergency relief, presence ministry, trauma counseling and prayer.

Threats against Christians in Nigeria:

  • Christians may live under Sharia law, and face attacks from Islamic terrorist groups like Boko Haram, an ISIS affiliate, and militant Hausa-Fulani Muslim herdsmen.
  • These realities lead to uncertainty, death, kidnapping, sexual assault and constant instability, all of which have created a devastating political and humanitarian situation in Nigeria.
  • Boko Haram’s attacks have left devastation and trauma in their wake. Open Doors helps run multiple trauma counseling centers in northern Nigeria to deal with the fallout from sexual violence, which often targets women who have very little power to begin with. 100 girls are still missing from the infamous Chibok attacks.

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SOURCE: Assist News, Michael Ireland

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