News from the Frontlines

Friday December 19, 2014

Pastor in Kenya Fears His Life Is in Imminent Danger from Islamic Extremists

Convert of Somali descent says Al Shabaab has put bounty on his head.

 

By Our East Africa Correspondent

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 18, 2014 (Morning Star News) – A pastor in Kenya of Somali descent whom Islamic extremist Al Shabaab militants have threatened for leaving Islam fears he soon could be killed.

 

Somali Al Shabaab rebels have offered a reward to anyone who kills the Rev. Mahad H. Birik, and after a video of him describing his conversion from Islam seeped into major Somali broadcast, Web and print media two months ago, the pastor of an undisclosed church on the outskirts of Nairobi said longstanding threats on his life became concrete this month.

 

“My family is now living in a sleepless state,” said the father of two children – one age 15 from a wife who was taken from him when he left Islam, and a 2-year-old from remarriage. “My life and that of my family is in imminent danger. It is very serious and real, as Muslim extremists are strategizing on having my head.”

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Nigeria

Friday December 19, 2014

Islamist Herdsmen, Mercenaries Attack Christians in Benue, Nigeria, from Nasarawa

Five killed in predominantly Roman Catholic community.

 

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

MAKURDI, Nigeria, December 17, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen from Nasarawa state and Islamist mercenaries from outside Nigeria attacked villages in neighboring Benue state on Sunday (Dec. 14), killing five Christians, sources said.

 

Inhabited almost entirely by ethnic Idoma farmers, the Fulani herdsmen from Nasarawa state, with mercenaries from Chad and Niger, razed several villages, destroying homes and church buildings in the predominantly Roman Catholic Agatu Local Government Area and forcing hundreds of Christians to flee.

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Nigeria

Friday December 19, 2014

Gunmen Kill Christian Widow in Jos, Nigeria Bomb Blasts

Attack fulfills Boko Haram objectives of killing Christians and destabilizing government.

 

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

JOS, Nigeria, December 13, 2014 (Morning Star News) – For Jummai Sunday, 63, Thursday (Dec. 11) began like any other for the Christian widow. After a morning devotional, she visited sick or bereaved families, and then returned home to gather items for sale at her market spot near the bus terminal area in Jos, Nigeria.

 

She survived the twin bomb blasts that the Boko Haram jihadist group is suspected of setting off that evening, but gunmen who swooped in on survivors killed her with shots to her head, leg and hand, relatives said. At least 31 other people in the predominantly Christian area were killed and 45 wounded by the Islamic extremist group that has created violent chaos for five years in its bid to turn Nigeria into a sharia (Islamic law) state. [READ MORE]

News from the Frontlines

Thursday December 11, 2014

Christians Protest Violence as Church Burning Hits New Delhi, India

Government under increasing pressure as impunity for assailants continues.

 

By Our India Correspondent

NEW DELHI, December 9, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Christians in New Delhi, unaccustomed to religious hostilities more common in remote areas, erupted in protest as violence hit the capital last week.

 

Church leaders wrote to national officials as the Advent season brought three disturbing incidents, including an apparent arson attempt. The interior of one of the larger church buildings in the Archdiocese of Delhi, St. Sebastian’s Church in the Dilshad Garden area of New Delhi, was found charred on the morning of Dec. 1. [READ MORE]

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