Persecution sweeping across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) while the Western media largely ignores it

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Update, from Nigeria Sept. 29 reports:

Islamic militants kill a pastor, his son & a village leader in Dorawa:

On Thursday, September 26th, police said suspected Islamic militants killed a pastor, his son and a village head and torched their Christian church in Dorawa, about 60 miles from Damaturu. They said the gunmen used explosives to set fire to the church and five homes.

Farmers and government officials are fleeing threats of imminent attacks from Boko Haram in the area of the Gwoza Hills, a mountainous area with caves that shelter the militants despite repeated aerial bombardments by the military.

A local government official said there had been a series of attacks in recent weeks and threats of more. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his life, said Gwoza town was deserted when he visited it briefly under heavy security escort on Thursday. He said militants had chased medical officers from the town’s government hospital, which had been treating some victims of attacks. He added that militants had burned down three public schools in the area. The official said the Gwoza local government has set up offices in Maiduguri, the state capital to the north.

More than 30,000 people have fled the terrorist attacks to neighbouring Cameroon and Chad and the uprising combined with the military emergency has forced farmers from their fields and vendors from their markets. (source http://www.theguardian.com)(Photo credit above http://www.bbc.co.uk

As many as 50 students were killed in an Agricultural college:

This time it is believed that most of the college students were Muslim, and the perpetrators opened fire on the students as they were sleeping. The attack happened Sunday, September 29 at 1 a.m.  The students were killed by suspected Islamist gunmen in their dormitory in Yobe state, north-eastern Nigeria. The school’s other 1,000 students fled the college, about 25 miles (40km) north of Damaturu town, where there have been similar attacks on schools as part of a continuing Islamist uprising.

North-east Nigeria is under a military state of emergency to battle the Islamist uprising by Boko Haram militants who have killed more than 1,700 people since 2010 in their quest for an Islamic state. Boko Haram means „western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language.

And that may have been the motive for the killings.

27 killed in separate attacks:

Twenty-seven people died in separate attacks on Wednesday and Thursday night in two villages of Borno state near the north-east border with Cameroon, according to the local council chairman, Modu-Gana Bukar Sheriiff.

Persecution sweeping across

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

http://www.mnnonline.org and Open Doors USA reporting:

English: Middle East and North Africa

Photo credit wikipedia (MENA)

Nigeria (MNN) ― Believers in northeast Nigeria are reeling after Islamic militants killed their pastor and his son, and set fire to their church building and five homes. The Associated Press reports Islamic militants attacked the church in Yobe state just before dawn yesterday; the incident went unnoticed by nearly all major media outlets.

Dr. David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors USA, points to the attack as the latest in a rising tide of persecution sweeping the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

„We’ve had situations in the last three weeks in Iraq, in Syria, inPakistan, and now last night in northern Nigeria, where people are targeting believers,” says Curry. „My greatest concern is that there won’t be any pressure to follow-up on this attack.

„Attack after attack on Christians seems to go by the wayside.”

Thousands have fallen in Nigeria alone at the hands of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. Their name means „Western education is sinful,” and their four-year-old terror campaign seeks to rid northeast Nigeria of all who follow Christ.

„The threat of terrorism in a few states in the northeastern part of our country has proven to be a challenge to national stability,” Jonathan told UN leaders earlier this week. „We will spare no effort in addressing this menace.”

Terror goes by a different name in the nearby Central African Republic: Seleka. This band of Islamic terrorists rose to national power in March following the ouster of former President Francois Bozize.

Their primary target soon became the Church.

„The various atrocities that preceded, accompanied, and followed Seleka’s rise to power have been specifically aimed at the Christian population,” states a letter from the CAR Evangelical Alliance to Seleka Islamist leader and CAR President Michel Djotodia.

„Churches and Christian institutions have been desecrated and plundered, priests and pastors have been assaulted, and nuns raped.”

In CAR, 50% of the population is Christian and 15% are Muslim. Despite outnumbering the followers of Islam, Christian communities in CAR claim their Muslim neighbors are joining Seleka’s violent campaigns.

„It’s not like Christianity is a minority religion, but ever since the coup in March, the Muslims have increased their persecution of Christians,” said Open Doors spokesman Jerry Dykstra.

To the north, a similar situation unfolds as violence against Christians in Egypt reaches historic levels. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were quick to blame Coptic Christians for the July removal of MB proponent and former President Mohamed Morsi from office.

It was a summer of rage for many believers as they endured beatings, their homes and businesses were looted and destroyed, and churches were set aflame. In August, one church was forced to close its doors for the first time in 1,600 years.

And yet, most believers and secular media alike remain unaware of the deadly trend.

„Open Doors has been trying to raise this awareness among Western believers and the media in general,” says Curry. „We believe it’s worthwhile asking the question: ‘Are these attacks coordinated?’ Certainly they seem to be intentional and directed at believers.

„Over the last decades…the population of Christians in the Middle East has gone from 20% to 4%. Why is that? It is because there is a concerted effort to force Christians to convert. There is a concerted effort to persecute Christians, to drive them from their home.”

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