„Este prea tarziu” – Vestul Africii este in pragul unei catastrofe umanitare, anunta oficialii ONU. 65.000 de oameni ar putea muri de foamete

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Doamne, ai mila! (FOTO Daily mail UK

(ABC News USA spune ca 18 milioane de africani din 8 tari ale Vestului African din care 3 milioane copii sunt in pericol de moarte din cauza foametei in urma secetei din anul acesta. Unii oameni pur si simplu manaca doar frunze fierte.)

Militanti ai Boko Haram au ucis aproximativ 15.000 de persoane si au provocat stramutarea a peste doua milioane in cursul celor sapte ani de insurgenta.

Vestul Africii este in pragul unei catastrofe umanitare, anunta oficialii ONU. Zeci de mii de oameni ar putea muri din cauza actiunilor jihadistilor Boko Haram. „Este prea tarziu”.

Aproximativ 65.000 de persoane se afla intr-o situatie de ‘catastrofa’ sau de ‘faza a 5-a’, potrivit unei evaluari a IPC, sistem de recunoastere clasificat privind declararea starii de foamete.

‘Tragedia folosirii cuvantului care incepe cu litera f (famine – foamete, n.r.) este ca atunci cand o faci este prea tarziu „, a declarat Toby Lanzer, care a lucrat, de asemenea, in Sudanul de Sud, la Darfur si in Cecenia.

Militanti ai Boko Haram au ucis aproximativ 15.000 de persoane si au provocat stramutarea a peste doua milioane in cursul celor sapte ani de insurgenta si lanseaza inca atacuri in pofida faptului ca au fost alungati din mari parti din teritoriul pe care il controlau in 2014.

Citeste mai mult aici – http://stirileprotv.ro/

ATENTAT sinucigaș în Nigeria: O femeie KAMIKAZE a UCIS cel puțin 20 de persoane și a rănit alte 50

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Potrivit mai multor surse de informație, femeia kamikaze nu avea mai mult de 17 ani, însă această informație nu a fost confirmată deocamdată în mod oficial.

Maiduguri, fieful istoric al Boko Haram, unde noul președinte nigerian Muhammadu Buhari a promis să instaleze comandamentul de luptă împotriva islamiștilor, a fost scena a patru atentate de la începutul lunii, dintre care două comise de kamikaze.

În total, 181 de persoane au fost ucise în violențe ale islamiștilor începând din 29 mai, data învestirii lui Buhari, care a făcut din lupta împotriva Boko Haram una dintre prioritățile sale.

Mai mult aici – http://m.evz.ro/atentat-sinucigas-in-nigeria-o-femeie-kamikaze-a-ucis-cel-putin-20-de-persoane-si-a-ranit-alte-50.html

BBC Panel – Africa’s Islamic State? What is being done to combat Boko Haram

Last month, when the world’s attention was focused on the attacks in France, reports emerged that as many as 2,000 people had been killed in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga. This attack comes as part of an increased surge in violence linked to Boko Haram.

As Nigeria gears up for a presidential election on 14 February, we will be exploring what is being done to combat Boko Haram and why these efforts seem to be failing.

With attacks in neighbouring countries on the increase, as the group continues to expand its operations, we will be examining the regional impact and asking what needs to be done to confront this growing threat.

Chaired by BBC journalist Peter Okwoche.

The panel:

Alex Perry is an author, correspondent and a contributing editor at Newsweek’s international edition. His books include Falling Off The Edge, Lifeblood and The Rift, and The Hunt for Boko Haram. Prior to joining Newsweek, he was a correspondent for TIME.

Mike Smith is a foreign correspondent for AFP news agency and was bureau chief in Western Africa from 2010 to 2013, based in Nigeria. He has extensively covered the Boko Haram insurgency and is author of Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria’s Unholy War.

Funmi Iyanda is a Nigerian producer, talk show host and journalist. She is the co-founder and director of Creation UK. She independently produced and hosted Nigeria’s most popular talk show, New Dawn with Funmi Iyanda, which ran on the national network for eight years.

Bala Mohammed Liman is a doctoral candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where his research is examining the nexus between conflict and identity in Nigeria, with particular emphasis on the emerging culture of conflict in Northern Nigeria. His research also focuses on understanding the Boko Haram insurgency and its effect on the region.

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Stiri crestine – Mapamond crestin – 29 martie 2015 – Wycliffe si traducerea Bibliei in 6.900 de limbi & David Regus raport de la Marsul Pentru Viata Suceava

Stiri despre Boko Haram, armata Kurda, alegerea nationala din Israel, Marsul pentru viata in Romania, David Regus raporteaza de la Marsul pentru viata din Suceava, si Wycliffe si traducerea Bibliei in 6.900 de limbi.

Boko Haram răpește încă 500 de femei și copii

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Răpirea în masă a femeilor și copiilor a devenit marcă înregistrată pentru gruparea islamistă Boko Haram, din Africa. Pare că periodic fete și copii sunt răpiți în număr mai mare sau mai mic. Cea mai notorie răpire s-a întâmplat aproape acum un an de zile, când 300 de școlărițe au fost luate din Chibok. Cazul a atras atenție internațională, însă majoritatea fetelor au rămas dispărute.

Acum se vorbește despre un nou caz. Localnicii din Damasak spun că aproximativ 506 de femei tinere și copii au fost răpiți, după ce alți aproximativ 50 au fost omorâți, raportează Reuters și BBC. Un comerciant pe nume Souleymane Ali și-a pierdut astfel soția și trei fiice. Două dintre ele trebuiau să se mărite anul acesta, dar Boko Haram consideră că le aparțin.

Citeste mai mult aici –

Un Oras Strategic Din Nigeria Cade In Mainile Lui Boko Haram

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Vezi alte stiri recente din Nigeria –

Traducere Agnus Dei – Surse: Vocea Americii si CNN.com

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) – Sute de insurgenti din gruparea terorista Boko Haram au lansat un atac inaintea zorii diminetii asupra orasului Maiduguri din Nigeria si au purtat o batalie feroce cu trupele guvernamentale in periferia orasului care s-a soldat cu sute de morti, potrivit relatarilor armatei si a locuitorilor din zona.

Militantii au lansat de asemenea un atac simultan asupra orasului Monguno si aparent au avut succes in preluarea controlului orasului  si a cazarmilor militare, a spus la CNN, un ofiter militar nigerian din Maiduguri.

,,Soldatii nostri au respins initial atacurile teroristilor, dar ei au mobilizat luptatori mai multi si au venit inapoi in plina forta. Ne-au coplesit trupele care au fost fortate sa se retraga,” – a spus ofiterul.

Monguno, un oras de peste 100 de mii de locuitori din partea de nordest al Nigeriei, este un oras la o distanta de 135 de km de Maiduguri. Amandoua orasele sunt la granitele cu Ciad si Cameroon.

Manguno, cu cazarme militare uriase, este de o importanta strategica majora folosit pentru a opri avansarea lui Boko Haram inspre Maiduguri. Caderea lui inseamna ca Boca Haram este in buna pozitie sa avanseze inspre Maiduguri, ceea ce ei intentionaeza de luni de zile.

Sute de trupe nigeriene s-au reinarmat si au fost trimise in Jintilo, care este la 5 km de Maiduguri in timp ce avioane militare bombardeaza pozitiile lui Boko Haram.

De asemenea Vocea Americii raporteaza ca Armata nigeriana poarta batalie cu Boko Haram pentru a recuceri cazarmele din Monguno.

Boko Haram isi asuma responsabilitatea de cucerire a orasului Baka care este langa orasul Monguno, unde sunt bazele militare ce au fost acaparate si au declarat ca au pus stapanire pe destule arme incat pot ca sa „anihileze Nigeria”.

Atacul asupra orasului Maiduguri a avut loc in timpul vizitei a lui John Kerry, Secretarul de Stat al Americii cu presedintele Nigeriei, in dreapta, Jonathan Goodluck. Photo credit bbc.com

Evenimentul Zilei: Boko Haram aruncă FETIȚELE în aer – Povestea lui Zahra’u Babangida

Inainte de a citi articolul din Evenimentul Zilei, cititi despre Zahra’u Babangida, o fata de 13 ani, care este prinsa in razboiul diabolic al organizatiei teroriste Boko Haram-

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Zahra’u Babangida, o fata de 13 ani, a fost data de insasi tatal ei organizatiei Boko Haram. In campul unde era tinuta, ea a vazut multe persoane ingropate de vii. Cand i-a venit randul si a fost intrebata daca ea vrea sa mearga in cer, ea a raspuns ca „da”. I s-a spus ca trebuie sa devina kamikaze ca sa ajunga in cer. Ea a refuzat, dar cand a vazut ca soarta i-ar fi a fi ingropata de viu, ea s-a lasat imbracata cu explosive, dar s-a predat unor soldati, care au arestat-o, in al doilea cel mai mare oras din Nigeria, Kano.

Traducere – Sursa: thegrio.com

Orasul Maiduguri, 10 morti in ataca doua femei  kamikaze. Photo credit www.ibtimes.co.uk

Multumesc Ion Paul pentru link de la EVZ.ro:

Mai RĂI decât ISIS și Al-Qaida la un loc: Boko Haram aruncă FETIȚELE în aer. Au ucis 2000 de oameni într-un atac!

Sâmbătă, oroarea a atins culmea, când o fetiță de zece ani a fost aruncată în aer în mijlocul pieței aglomerate din Maiduguri, un mare oraș din Nord-Vestul țării, provocând 19 morți și 18 răniți. Potrivit lui Ashiru Mustafa, membru al unui grup local de autoapărare, bomba a explodat atunci când fetița a fost percheziționată la intrarea în piață.

Ashiru se îndoiește că a fost vorba de un act deliberat al fetiței: „Copila avea vreo zece ani și mă îndoiesc serios că știa ce avea fixat pe corp.”

„Într-adevăr, a fost controlată la intrarea în piață și detectorul de metale tocmai semnalase că avea ceva asupra ei, Din păcate, încărcătura a explodat înainte de a putea fi izolată”, a declarat Ashiru pentru AFP.

Boko Haram a pus la punct o strategie de „atacuri sinucigașe” purtate de femei, primul având loc în iunie 2014, în statul Gombe din nord. De atunci, s-a înregistrat un val de atentate cu bombă, dintre care 4 într-o singură săptămână în localitatea Kano. În iulie, o fetiță de zece ani a fost depistată purtând o vestă plonă cu explozibili, ceea ce a arătat că Boko Haram forța copiii să se arunce în aer.

Dumincă, alte două femei s-au aruncat în aer într-o piață foarte frecventată din Potiskum, făcând patru morți și douăzeci de răniți. „Prima kamikaze (cea mai în vârstă) și-a declanșat bomba la intrarea în piață, unde echipele de voluntari controlau persoanele care intrau”, a declarat pentru AFP o sursă din serviciile de securitate.

„A doua femeie, văzând explozia primeia, s-a îngrozit și a încercat să traverseze strada, dar a explodat și ea”, a adăugat sursa. Potrivit unui martor, Ibrahim Damdam, a doua explozie a survenit în timp ce mulțimea, speriată de prima explozie, încerca să părăsească piața.

Multumesc Ion Paul pentru link! EVZ.ro.

Citeste in intregime aici – http://www.evz.ro/mai-rai-decat-isis-si-al-qaida-la-un-loc-boko-haram-arunca-fetitele-in-aer-au-ucis-2000-de-oameni-intr-un-atac.html

 

2000 morti in Nigeria, dupa ce Boko Haram ataca 16 orase/sate

Sa nu obosim sa ne rugam pentru fratii nostri din NIGERIA!!!

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Boko Haram a ucis 2000 de persoane
si a incendiat 16 sate

8 ianuarie 2015

Nigeria trece printr-o criza neprevazuta saptamana aceasta, dupa ce Boko Haram

  • a macelarit deja 5000 de persoane intre anii 2009 si 2014, potrivit Breaking News
  • a macelarit 2000 de persoane in 2014, potrivit BBC si Voice of America
  • saptamana aceasta reprezentanti ai guvernului Nigerian informeaza ca dupa atacul brutal din satul Baga si inca 15 alte sate, Boko Haram a omorat 2000 de persoane. Unele ziare il numesc 9/11 al Nigeriei. Estimarea numarul mortilor nu este oficiala inca, pentru ca nu s-au ingropat mortii inca (cei care au scapat cu viata au fugit si s-au refugiat in localitatea Maiduguri)

Grupul militant terorist Nigerian Boko Haram a atacat pentru a doua oara in saptamana aceasta satul Baga, lasand victimele in strazi, in campii, oriunde s-ar fi aflat cand au fost prinsi si macelariti. Scopul gruparii este sa transforme Nigeria intr-un stat islamic.

Acestea sunt stirile preliminare, deocamdata, de la http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/up-to-2-000-dead-after-renewed-attack-by-boko-haram-on-nigerian-town-1.2059373

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Stirea preliminara despre atacul Boko Haram din primele zile ale anului, raportata pe 5 inauarie, cand se ‘credea’ ca au murit sute de oameni:

Teroristi Boko Haram au ucis 100 de Nigerieni,

in Baga si au incendiat 16 sate/orase

Grupul islamist cunoscut pentru răpirea a 220 de eleve dintr-o şcoală din statul nigerian Borno a atacat pe 3 ianuarie baza militară din Baga, în nord-estul ţării, la câţiva km de Lacul Ciad, care găzduia forţa multinaţională, preluând controlul şi ucigând numeroase persoane, militari şi civili. Cu câteva zile înainte, teroriştii au răpit peste 40 de tineri din mai multe localităţi.

Boko Haram, grupare islamistă devenită celebră pentru cruzimea membrilor ei, a preluat controlul bazei militare a forţei multinaţionale din Baga. Trupele nigeriene aflate în bază au luptat până au sfârşit muniţia, după care au fugit.

Secta islamistă a atacat apoi mai multe localităţi din vecinătate unde au jefuit casele şi au ucis numeroşi săteni. Atacul a durat peste cinci ore şi a fost extrem de violent şi, potrivit Nigerian Tribune, „soldaţii (din bază) au încercat să reziste pentru a apăra poziţia, dar fără succes”. Baga era ultima localitate din partea de nord a statului Borno care rămăsese sub control guvernamental”, scrie publicaţia care a precizat că baza găzduia forţa multinaţională, compusă din trupe provenind din Nigeria, Ciad şi Niger şi care avea ca misiune combaterea traficului de arme şi a terorismului în regiune. Înfiinţată în 1998, „Forţa” a avut recent confruntări cu Boko Haram, grupul terorist fiind considerat „o ameninţare majoră a operaţiunilor” sale.

După cinci ani de insurecţie, Boko Haram a cauzat moartea a circa 13.000 de persoane şi a răpit câteva zeci de ostatici, între care femei şi copii. După răpirea a 219 liceene în Chibok, secta islamistă a răpit în noaptea de 31 decembrie 40 de tineri, cu vârste între 19 şi 23 ani, toţi originari din Malari, în statul Borno şi în regiune s-a instalat psihoza după noul act de răpire.

Citeste mai mult aici – http://www.romanialibera.ro/actualitate/international/boko-haram-tinteste-tot-mai-sus-362867

Iata bilantul atacului:

100 de oameni omorati in localitatea Baga si 16 sate/orase au fost incendiate inclusiv Baga, Dorn-Baga, Mile 4, Mile 3, Kauyen Kuros and Bunduram,” potrivit Musa Bukar, re[rezemtamt al guvernului local  Kukawa din statul Borno. Peste tot unde Boko Haram a castigat teren, ei l-au declarat Califat Islamic. Organizatia terorista Boko Haram este tot mai activa la granita Niceriei cu Camerun.

Citeste aici (L. Engleza) – http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0108/671261-nigeria/

In alte stiri, un lider Boko Haram a promis ca violenta v-a escala in Camerun, daca conducerea nu renunta la constitutie si sa imbratiseaza Islamul.

Citeste aici (L. Engleza) – http://skytrendnews.com/index.php/news/cover/6165-boko-haram-terrorists-release-new-video-vow-to-step-up-violence-in-cameroon

Peste 60 de Femei răpite au Scăpat din Mâinile Grupului Terorist Boko Haram

60 de fete ajung in Maiduguri, Nigeria dupa ce au scapat de Boko Haram. Photo credit http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa

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Poza din 24 Iunie, Familiile a caror fete/femei, 63 in total, au fost rapite de Boko Haram. Photo credit www.ibtimes.co.uk

Maiduguri, Nigeria
Traducere Blogul Agnus Dei
Sursa Christian Post, 7 iulie 2014

peste 60 de femei si fete, majoritatea crestine, au fost rapite acum doua saptamani de Boko Haram

Peste 60 de femei si fete care au fost rapite acum doua saptamani, de barbati inarmati care fac parte din gruparea terorista Boko Haram, au reusit sa scape, potrivit unor surse oficiale. Totusi, cele peste doua sute de fete care au fost rapite separat, cu doua luni in urma, sunt inca captive.

Un oficial din localitatea Chibok, din nord-estul statului Borno, a spus lunea trecuta agentiei de presa Associated Press, ca el poate confirma ca in zilele de joi si vineri, peste 60 de femei si fete au reusit sa scape din mainile teroristilor Boko Haram. El a spus ca a trimis cativa din reprezentantii lui sa stea de vorba cu cateva din aceste fete.

Victimile au fost rapite in timpul unui raid din 22 iunie, declansat asupra satului Kummabza, in districtul Damboa al statului Borno, in timp ce teroristii se presupune ca au incercat sa faca presiuni asupra guvernului,  pentru a asigura eliberarea luptatorilor militanti detinuti.

,,Peste 60 de femei au fost rapite de teroristii Boko Haram,” a spus mai devreme liderul vigilante, Aji Khalil,  Agentiei de Presa Franceze (AFP). ,,Ele au fost luate cu forta de teroristii Boko Haram. Patru femei din sat au incercat sa scape, si au fost impuscate pe loc.”

Un alt lider vigilante, Abbas Gava, din capitala Maiduguri, a statului Borno, a spus dumninica agentiei AP, ca a auzit de la alti vigilanti din acea zona, ca 63 de femei si fete au reusit sa scape in timp ce barbati inarmati ai gruparii Boko Haram, au atacat  baraci militare si sediuri de politie din Damboa.

Politia mai tarziu a declarat ca 53 de femei dintre cele rapite au reusit sa scape. Sarah Lawan, a studenta de 19 care a reusit sa scape, a spus mai devreme ca cele mai multe dintre fete nu au incercat sa fuga, deoarece au fost amenintate ca daca vor incerca vor fi impuscate. ,,Sunt umpluta de durere ca celelalte colege nu au putut sa-si asume curajul sa fuga impreuna cu mine”, a spus ea. ,,Acum plang de fiecare data cand dau fata cu parintii lor si-i vad plangand cand se uita la mine.”

Se crede ca multe din aceste fete si femei rapite sunt crestine.

Liderul grupului terorist Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, a amenintat ca le va vinde pe aceste femei si fete „pe piata”.

Intr-un video de 57 de minute obtinut mai devreme de AFP, Shekau a spus: ,,Am rapit fetele voastre, Am rapit o fata de la scoala de educatie occidentala, si sunteti deranjati? Eu am spus ca scolile (cu principii) occidentale trebuie sa se termine. Invatatura occidentala trebuie sa se termine. Fetelor, voi ar trebui sa va duceti si sa va maritati. Repet din nou: educatia occidentala trebuie sa se incheie. V-am rapit fetele. Le voi vinde la piata, a lui Allah. Voi marita o fata la varsta de doisprezece ani. Voi marita o fata la varsta de noua ani.”

Guvernul presedintelui Goodluck Jonathan, a fost criticat pentru replica lenta si necorespunzatoare.

Grupul de teroristi a fost format de un cleric islamist, Mohammad Yusuf, in urma cu un deceniu pentru a combate educatia occidentala, care el pretinde ca este in spatele coruptiei morale si politice din tara. Yusuf a facut parte din miscarea Salafi, care au promovat terorism sfant(jihad) in mai multe tari.

Mii de oameni au murit in atacuri din 2009, de la inceputul insurectiei Boko Haram.

Boko Haram au omarat foarte multi crestini si au atacat multe biserici. Este aparent faptul ca ei cauta sa creeze un stat islamist in partea de Nord a Nigeriei.

Nigeria: 60 de crestini impuscati in 5 biserici in luna Iunie 2014 – Boko Haram adauga si mai multa teroare la raidurile mortale in Nordul Nigeriei

Update !  29 Iunie 2014

 Inca 3o de morti astazi

De la http://www.theguardian.com Traducere Blogul Agnus Dei

Cel putin 30 au fost omorati in atacuri impotriva unui sat din Nigeria

Biserici au fost incendiate, in atacuri de suspectati islamisti extremisti intr-un sat aproape de orasul din care elevele de scoala au fost rapite.

Suspecti islamici extremisti, au pulverizat cu gloante pe cel ce se inchinau in biserica, si au incendiat patru biserici Duminica, intr-un sat aproape de orasul din care au fost rapite recent 200 de eleve de scoala, potrivit martorilor oculari.

Cel putin 30 de trupuri neinsufletite au fost recuperate, dar altele inca erau gasite printre tufe, unde oameni din satul Kwanda stateau ascunsi, a spus un membru unui grup care i-au legea in mana lor(vigilante), si care au avut ceva succes in respingerea atacurilor.

Cladirile bisericilor care au fost distruse, includ Biserica Protestanta a lui Hristos, Biserica Penticostala Viata mai Profunda, si Eclesia Yanua, care este Casa pentru Biserica Fratilor din Nigeria, a spus Yahi. Ultima a fost infiintata de misionari americani din Illinois in anii 1920.

Yahi a spus ca atacurile sau raspandit si in satul din apropiere Kauticari, unde ei au tras in oameni si au dat foc la case. Membri vigilanti au spus ca inca nu au putut lua legatura cu satul Kauticari si nu stiu cati oameni au fost omorati acolo.

Un purtator de cuvant al politiei, Gideon Jubrin, a spus ca el nu poate confirma atacurile deoarece comunicatiile rele i-a tinut pe oficiali sa poata lua legatura cu cel mai aproape post de securitate din Chibok, dar totusi reporterii de la Asoociated Press au reusit sa dea telefoane in acel oras.

Chibok este un oras in nord-estul statului Borno de unde mai mult de 200 de eleve dintr-o scoala au fost rapite in luna Aprilie. Oficialii spun ca 219 fete raman inca captive. Kwanda este la opt kilometri, si Kauticari la sase kilometri de Chibok.

Locuitorii au spus ca soldatii au raspuns foarte greoi la stirea atacului, si cei din grupul vigilante au spus ca atunci cand soldatii au ajuns intr-un final la Kwanda, ei au refuzat sa-i confrunte pe extremisti direct, tragand inspre ei numai de la distanta. Ei au vorbit numai in conditii de anonimat de frica consecintelor de catre armata.

6 Iunie 2014

De la Reteaua de Stiri Misiunea
Stiri din jurul lumii
Publicat in data de 6 Iunie 2014

Nigeria – Intr-unul din cele cel putin sase raiduri fiind raportate mai devreme saptamana aceasta, grupul nigerian terorist a coborat la un nou nivel de razboi psihologic.

Potrivit surselor BBC, satenii dintr-o zona din Borno State, situata aproape de granita cu Camerun, au incercat luni,  sa respinga un atac, a explicat Todd Nettleton (un purtator de cuvant pentru misiunea Vocea Martirilor din Statele Unite), ca un grup mare de barbati imbracati in uniforme de soldati, au sosit in sat in ziua de marti. Ei au spus locuitorilor ingroziti, ca ei sunt acolo ca sa protejeze satul, manandu-i pe toti intr-o biserica. ,,Cand satenii au fost adunati in incinta bisericii, unul sau mai multi luptatori din grupul terorist Boca Haram, au inceput sa traga in multime. Repet, acestia au fost luptatori din grupul terorist Boca Haram, imbracati in uniforme militare nigeriene, prezentandu-se satenilor ca ei sunt soldati nigerieni si ca au venit acolo pentru a proteja pe oamenii din sat.”

Nettleton crede ca aceasta a fost o represalie a resistentei de atac de lunea trecuta. Politia a declarat ca 30 de oameni au murit numai in acel atac. De asemenea se puna intrebarea cum de acesti luptatori au reusit sa se degizeze intr-un fel asa de convingator:

,,CUM de ei au imbracat uniforme militare? Cum au obtinut aceste arme de grad militar? Au fost rapoarte din presa nigeriana ca ofiteri militari din armata nigeriana au fost trimis in tribunalul militar pentru ca au cooperat cu gruparea terorista Boca Haram. Guvernul nigerian, conducerea armatei nigeriene neaga aceste rapoarte.”

Cu toate acestea, realitatea violentei de marti este nelinistitoare,  in ciuda raspunsului guvernului la aceste acuzatii. ,, Cand auzi rapoarte ca Boca Haram poseda uniforme militare, cand auzi rapoarte ca ofiteri din armata nigeriana sunt trimis la tribunalul militar pentru ca au cooperat cu Boca Haram, se cam formeaza o imagine a unei armate care are cel putin o mica simpatie cu acesti militanti musulmani extrimisti care incearca sa forteze pe crestini afara din nordul Nigeriei.”

Ce este si mai mult, este ca acesti militanti au agenda, lor care pare a fi bine suportata financiar, si bine coordinata. Ei incearca sa creeze un „Sharia” stat in nordul Nigeriei, care sa nu aiba nici una din influentele de vest sau crestine, pe care aceasta regiune le are la ora actuala. In plus, Boca Haram are legaturi cu jihadistii din Somalia si Mali. O insurgenta la granite risca sa dea nastere la o instabilitate si mai mare. Nettleton spune ca acesta este motivul ce da o tractiune internationala. Liderii in sfarsit se intreaba: ,,Ce va trebui sa se faca cu Boca Haram? Cum vom pune un capac peste asta si-l vom opri ca sa se extinda in Africa?”

Asociatia Crestinilor din Nigeria, au declarat in nenumarate randuri ca crestinii vor lua legea in propriile lor maini ca sa razbune atacurile lui Boca Haram, si crede ca raspunsul guvernului este necorespunzator. Nettleton spune: ,,Rugati-va pentru protectia fratilor si surorilor de acolo. Eu cred ca acesta este un trup indoliat a lui Christos. Sa ne rugam pentru un sentiment de incurajare, pentru un sentiment de speranta.”

 

Who are Boko Haram? And what happened to the 270 kidnapped school girls?

Boko Haram kidnapped 270 girls between the ages of 12 and 17, from the school pictured above, many of whom were then later sold as child brides for $12.

Boko Haram have been blamed for the kidnapping of more than 200 teenage girls. Channel 4 News explains who they are – and what they want:

Jonathan Miller: In 12 years, Boko  Haram has gone from infancy to a full blown Isalimst insurgency. Last year, the Nigerian government in Abuja had the opportunity to  strike a peace deal with them. But the government pulled out at the last minute, even though the entire Boko Haram leadership was apparently onboard.

Today, they’ve essentially been highjacked as an Al Qaida franchise, with affiliates right across from the Islamic mihrab. They are thought to have commanders in Nigeria’s 36 states, and even, it’s says, explosives, ready to go. They are armed and they are dangerous, but their insurgency is focused primarily on 5 northeastern nigerian states where they want to install a government of pure sharia Islamic law.

Are they Africa’s Taliban?

Well, it’s a bit of an ugly shortcut, but, yes, Boko Haram are essentially Africa’s Taliban. They grew out of being a nationalist movement, but have become a salafist jihadist group with the aim of establishing a sharia state. And, like the Taliban, they oppose the education of muslim women, particularly if that education has westerly influence. Hence, their name, Boko Haram, which in the  Hausa language translates: western education is sinful or forbidden. And, hence, the attacks on schools, the murder of school children, and most recently, the kidnap of the girls, in the school at Chibok, in Buorno State.

Why are they in the news?

Well, of late, Boko Haram have been very much on the offensive. A bomb in a bus station, in Abuja, the capital, 2 weeks ago, killed more than 75 people. They’ve attacked government buildings and police stations. They’ve attacked churches. They’ve conducted assassinations. They’ve even attacked mosques and as we know, schools, too. In February, more than 50 school children were  murdered in cold blood, and in the neighboring state of Borno, we’ve had this kidnap of what we now know as 270 girls, of whom 220 are still missing.

Now, the start of these Boko Haram guerrilla attacks suggests diminished capability. They are not very sophisticated attacks. However, they have succeeded in instilling terror in the civilian population. And, just as importantly, for Boko Haram, they’ve served a hugely undermined public confidence in the government of Goodluck Jonathan.

What is the latest we know on the kidnapped girls?

Over the last couple of days, I have been talking regularly to an intermediary  who has long experience in dealing with Boko Haram and has been in regular contact with with members of the group holding these girls. The news is that, although he feels that a deal could still be engineered, by which some or even all of the girls could be released, and there’s a willingness on the part of the captors to do so, the girls have been dispersed into smaller groups. And some of them have even been moved across borders into neighboring Cameroon, and into Chad, where they’ve been reportedly married off for very small bride prices.This makes a release very difficult, indeed, to make happen. Now, the intermediary believes it still could. But, the group has warned him that any attempt at this stage by the Nigerian military to intervene will result in the deaths of these girls. The trouble is, of course, that the longer this is left to go on, the more difficult it becomes to solve the problem, and the worst it gets.

VIDEO by  Channel 4 News Jonathan Miller reporting

 

 

25 Christian churches and schools to be demolished in Nigeria

Voice of the Martyrs Canada reports via http://www.mnnonline.org:

Government authorities in northern Nigeria’s Borno state plan to demolish 25 churches and schools, ostensibly to make room for new housing. However, no plans for the housing development have been produced, says Voice of the Martyrs Canada. Christian leaders believe this is yet another attempt by local governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority.

The proposed demolitions would compound the security challenges that these believers are already facing from the militant group, Boko Haram. „We have seen the eviction notice from the Borno state government,” says Dr. Asake, general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria. „We are Nigerians, and there are other places where the state government can develop. The areas earmarked for demolition are already developed with churches and schools. Christians have already suffered enough in Borno state.”

Pray that the demolitions will not go through, and that God would maintain these places for worship, education, and meeting. Pray that these Nigerians will be successful in sharing the gospel with their Muslim neighbors.

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

Photo credit www.worldmissionresources.org

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.”

Five Nigerian Christians Forced From Vehicle, Executed in Ditch

Photo credit www.familysecuritymatters.org

Story from the Christian Post

Please. please pray for the persecuted worldwide church!

  • Please pray persecuted believers would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:8).
  • Pray the Holy Spirit would strengthen them (Ephesians 3:16).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would know how much God loves them (Ephesians 3:17)
  • Pray they would know how to share the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would fearlessly tell others about Jesus (Ephesians 6:20).

Five individuals have been executed by Islamists after declaring themselves followers of Jesus Christ outside of the Nigerian city of Jos last week.

The shocking incident saw Islamists stop a minibus and order its occupants to get out. After finding out five individuals were Christians, they were forced to lie down in a ditch, where they were then shot dead. Victims Pam Gyang, Felix John, Jimmy Tiger, Ishaku Gyang, and Dachung Monday, were all members of a Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) congregation in the nearby town of Foron, according to BosNewsLife.

Another man, Emmanuel Sunday, was caught up in the violence when gunmen also stopped him driving by on his motorbike and demanded to know if he was a Christian.

„When I told them I was a Christian, they asked me to join a group of people already ordered to lie down by the side of the road. I did as I was ordered to do, and then one of the men came and searched me and took money from me, including my mobile phone,” according to Morning Star News.

„It was when the gunmen started shooting and killing those of us that were Christians grouped together that I ran into a nearby maize farm, because it was already dark. They shot wildly at me, but I escaped unhurt, except the injuries I sustained while running in the bush,” he added.

Sunday fled, running for the next two hours back to his village, where he learned that two of the women killed were also from his hometown. Despite the horror he witnessed, Sunday testified that he felt God was the power behind his escape.

„It was not my ability that made it possible for me to escape, but it was God that made me escape to be alive to tell the story of how the attack happened and to show his miracle in my life,” he said.

Two other Christians, one a pregnant woman, were also wounded in the attack.

Grace Yop Gyang, the pregnant widow of victim Pam Gyang, told Morning Star News that despite her loss, she still was grateful to God and hoped that the Islamists would themselves find Christ.

„I don’t have much to say except to praise God for His sustaining grace in our lives,” Gyang said. „My husband is a friend, and I’m already missing him. But what can I do but thank God for his life. I pray that through his death those who killed him will get to know Jesus as their savior.”

Local religious official Pam Jang Pam believed that the gunmen „were a combined band of ethnic Fulani herdsmen and Islamic extremist mercenaries.”

Pam added the frequency of violence directed at Nigerian Christians has left them exahusted, begging the government to „please do something about these attacks on us. The church is tired of these attacks.”

In recent years, Nigeria has been a hotbed of violence with Muslim extremists attacking Christians on a regular basis. The violence has been led by a group known as Boko Haram, a jihadist terrorist group seeking to make Nigeria an Islamic state and impose Sharia law. Since its inception in 2001, the group has gained notoriety by killing Christians and bombing their churches and schools. Boko Haram have also been accused of colluding with the Fulani, who have had long-time contentious border disputes with Christians.

Boko Haram’s horrific attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria, 42 killed: burned alive or shot in the back while fleeing

via Mission News Network Photo above credit – www.presstv.ir Photo below credit http://www.bbc.co.uk

Nigeria (MNN) ― At one time, Nigerian Christians and law enforcement had the most to fear from the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militia, Boko Haram.

Today, it seems their campaign to instill Sharia law throughout the country has broadened. Their new targets are „soft” targets: farmers, aid workers, school children, and teachers. Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra explains, „I think the government is increasing pressure. The result, I believe, is that the Boko Haram is fighting back.”

Their latest attack can only be described in one word: horrifying. In the dawn hours of July 8, Dykstra says, „Suspected Boko Haram extremists came and set fire to the school, and many of the students were burned alive. Others were shot in the back when they tried to flee.”

The boarding school was in Mamudo, Yobe. The United Nations’ children’s agency said 48 students and seven teachers died in that attack. Survivors said gunmen rounded up students and staff at the school and placed them in a dormitory before throwing explosives inside and opening fire.

What’s more, this isn’t the first time, says Dykstra. „This is about the third or fourth school they’ve targeted in the last month or so. They believe that the students should be getting radical Islamic instruction.”

The European Union condemned the „horrific murder by terrorists,” and the act prompted Britain to put Boko Haram on its terrorist list. Yobe is one of the three states where the Nigerian government imposed a state of emergency in May. Immediately after the attack, the governor closed all secondary schools.

Boko Haram means „Western education is a sin” in Hausa. Since they began their effort to Islamize Nigeria in 2001, over 9,000 have died. As a result, Nigeria launched a major offensive against Boko Haram on May 15.

Last year, the focus was churches and Christians. This year, it seems to be children. Dykstra notes, „According to Open Doors, there were about 30 Christians that attended the school that was burned down. We don’t know really how many of those killed were Christians.”

Samaila, a teacher at the school, told Open Doors that he could see scores of parents in shock trying to identify children. An Associated Press journalist also described chaotic scenes at a nearby Potiskum hospital as parents tried to identify their children from among the deceased.

There were two similar attacks on schools in June. On June 16 at a school in Damaturu, Yobe, suspected Boko Haram attackers opened fire on students. A pastor told Open Doors that the attackers arrived at the school asking for the Christian students by name. However, security agents interfered in the attack, and the insurgents ended up firing random shots, killing 13 students and teachers. Open Doors has not been able to confirm how many Christians were among the victims.

On June 18, suspected Boko Haram members also opened fire on students at a Muslim school in Maiduguri. Nine students and one medical worker were killed.

„The carnage in Nigeria continues,” says Dykstra. The senseless slaughter is hard to understand, which is why he urges believers to „pray specifically for the violence to stop. The government tried to talk to the Boko Haram leaders, but that didn’t work out. So now, they’re going after them. All these strategies don’t seem to have worked, so we need to put our trust in the Lord.”

Nigeria is ranked No. 13 on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.

Nigeria: The young victims of Christian persecution

Church bombed June 25, 2012 which killed 21 people – photo http://www.guardian.co.uk 

The constant and ruthless attacks against Christians in Nigeria has left over 300 children at a Christian orphanage and school in Ogun State without one or both parents. Many of these kids witnessed unspeakable horrors and now bear emotional or physical scars. In this video, you’ll meet five of these children and see how The Voice of the Martyrs is helping provide them with education, a safe place to live, and new hope. Length 12:10 From The Voice of the Martyrs Canada Published on Nov 1, 2012

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