After the recent Islamic fundamentalist attacks and murders in Europe and elsewhere capturing most of the attention of the MSM, the barbaric actions of the Islamic terrorist group ‘Boko Haram’ in Nigeria have taken very much a ‘back seat’. However, the ongoing horrifying acts of terrorism against Christians perpetrated in this, the most densely populated country of Africa, should be making headline news, and a loud outcry of condemnation. The Daily Telegraph journalist, David Blair, wrote a good piece yesterday describing some of the latest savagery of Boko Haram:
“Boko Haram carried out the “largest and most destructive” attack of its campaign by destroying thousands of homes in two Nigerian towns, according to Amnesty International.
New satellite images reveal the scale of the devastation wrought upon the neighbouring towns of Baga and Doron Baga, which were seized by the Islamist insurgents last Wednesday.
Amnesty calculates that 3,700 homes and other structures were razed in the two towns. Doron Baga was very nearly wiped from the map. Hundreds of people died when Boko Haram mounted this assault near the western shore of Lake Chad.
”These detailed images [see article] show devastation of catastrophic proportions in two towns, one of which was almost wiped off the map in the space of four days,” said Daniel Eyre, the Nigeria researcher from Amnesty.
”Of all Boko Haram assaults analysed by Amnesty International, this is the largest and most destructive yet. It represents a deliberate attack on civilians whose homes, clinics and schools are now burnt out ruins.””
President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian (but who appears to have brought anything but ‘good luck’ to the persecuted Christians of his country), has been totally ineffective in tackling the dire situation, especially in the north easterly provinces of Nigeria, where the majority of the attacks against Christian villages are taking place. He has consistently failed to search for cogent measures to protect Christians from the Islamic onslaught, and has made no serious attempts either to eradicate Boko Haram and its reign of terror of genocide, burning of homes, and enslavement of young girls – who are then forced to convert to Islam. The latest horrors, that have caused the death of an estimated 2.000 innocent people, have not even been given a public mention from the President! ‘Aid to the Church in Need’, and a few other charity organisations who have raised their voices of protest, have been met by mostly deaf ears in the rest of the world.
Besides, simple pleading with Islamist militant group Boko Haram to end its terrorism against Christians by the Pope and a few member of the Catholic hierarchy has been till now completely ignored. Military action will be the only possible way to combat this militant group… for “all that take the sword shall perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Dialogue and any attempted negotiations with these terrorists have been proven to be utterly useless.
On 13th January 2015 David Blair reported in the Daily Telegraph that, “Nigeria’s Boko Haram isn’t just kidnapping girls: it’s enslaving them“:
“When children disappear in the night, journalists struggle to convey the enormity of the tragedy. Usually we use words like “kidnapping” and “abduction” and our stories make the unspoken but comforting assumption that everything is being done to find the missing innocents.
But what if those words are so inadequate that they amount to euphemisms? And what if the authorities are actually indifferent to the fate of the children?
Sadly, both of the above is true in Nigeria where the bloodstained Islamists of Boko Haram are mounting a scorched earth campaign. Just occasionally, the human consequences of this murderous offensive win global attention: the abduction of 200 schoolgirls from Chibok last year sparked the digital campaign to #bringbackourgirls.
Yet, in truth, the Chibok girls have not been “abducted” or “kidnapped”. Those words only blur their real fate. In reality, they have been enslaved. Boko Haram’s fighters do not “capture” people: their standard procedure whenever they raid a village is to kill the men and treat women and children as booty of war, to be bargained over and sold for profit.
The word “raid” is important, for Boko Haram does not merely “attack” villages or “take” towns: its fighters are engaged in the primeval business of slave raiding. We might not like to think that the slave trade has re-emerged across a swathe of Africa, nor that villages are falling prey to marauders who hunt down women and children, but that is the painful truth.” (Read the rest of the article here.)
Please pray for persecuted Christians in Nigeria. Do not let their suffering and pleas for help go unheard. So many Christians in this terrorised land are living out a real Via Crucis in the footsteps of Our Saviour.