SILENT GENOCIDE: Churches and Homes Burned, Thousands Displaced After Boko Haram Attacks Christian Village in Nigeria

Brittany M. Hughes | February 26, 2020
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Militant Islamists with the terrorist group Boko Haram attacked and destroyed three churches, countless houses and displaced thousands of residents in a predominantly Christian village in Nigeria, just the latest assault in an ongoing but largely ignored genocide of Christians in the African nation.

The Baptist Press reports that the militants set three churches and an untold number of houses on fire in the predominantly Christian Garkida, in Adamawa state's Gombi County, last Friday night. The victimized churches were named as the Church of the Brethren (EYN), the Anglican Church and the Living Faith Church.

Witnesses said hundreds of Boko Haram militants arrived in town on trucks and dozens of motorcycles before beginning their assault, and that government soldiers in the area at the time did nothing to stop the attack. Local media reported that Boko Haram kidnapped an unspecified number of residents and that the number of deaths is currently unknown.

The attack comes just one month after Boko Haram beheaded Nigerian pastor Lawan Andimi, who led the Christian Association of Nigeria, after holding him captive for several weeks. The repeated onslaught is part of a massive – and globally ignored – genocide of Christians throughout Nigeria led by Boko Haram and Fulani Muslims, a war that's only ramped up over the past several years. More than 1,000 Nigerian Christians were estimated to have been killed by Islamic militants last year alone, with countless more wounded or displaced by the ongoing attacks.

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