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  • Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

    October 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

    “And by God’s grace, we’ll make it,” one of 276 Christian schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped from Chibok proclaims in the preview of an upcoming HBO documentary on the captives who’ve been released. “Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram” showcases 103 Chibok schoolgirls struggling to regain normalcy nearly five years after their ordeal began.

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  • Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    August 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa’s most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene. Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide …

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  • U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

    June 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

    The United States has a responsibility to act to curtail extremist violence in Nigeria, religious freedom and human rights advocates from both countries said in a Capitol Hill briefing. The June 5 event, sponsored by International Christian Concern (ICC), focused on a West African country that is by far the largest population-wise on the continent …

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  • 5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    March 23 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago, but five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported March 22.

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  • Boko Haram kidnaps 110 schoolgirls 4 years after Chibok

    February 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boko Haram kidnaps 110 schoolgirls 4 years after Chibok

    As many as 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists Feb. 19 are still missing after state government officials admitted to falsely announcing many of the girls’ rescue. In an attack reminiscent of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 girls, Boko Haram raided the town of Dapchi, forcing students and other residents to flee.

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  • Child suicide bombings by Boko Haram at all-time high

    August 24 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Child suicide bombings by Boko Haram at all-time high

    Boko Haram’s abuse of children as suicide bombers is at an all-time high in the Lake Chad region including northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries, UNICEF said. The jihadists have murdered at least 83 children since January by strapping them with bombs before sending them into public gathering places and detonating the explosives.

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  • Boko Haram kills 83, releases video of 3 captives

    August 1 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boko Haram kills 83, releases video of 3 captives

    Boko Haram killed at least 83 civilians and soldiers in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria in the past week before releasing a video of three new captives pleading for help. “I want to advise that the use of excessive force, it is not the solution,” a man said on the four-minute video.

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  • Suicide bomber kills eight people in Maiduguri, Nigeria

    July 27 2017 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Suicide bomber kills eight people in Maiduguri, Nigeria

    A female suicide bomber killed at least eight people when she detonated explosives at a mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. The bombing is the latest in a spate of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram this month that have killed at least 43 people in the city.

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  • Food aid reaching Christians displaced by Boko Haram

    July 12 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Food aid reaching Christians displaced by Boko Haram

    Food aid is beginning to reach Nigerian Christians and others displaced by Boko Haram violence in the Lake Chad Basin, World Watch Monitor (WWM) reported. WWM said food was delivered to at least 75,000 people in some of the most isolated camps in early July, citing reports from humanitarian relief organization Open Doors.

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  • 82 Chibok girls released; 113 still missing

    May 9 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    82 Chibok girls released; 113 still missing

    A group of 82 Chibok schoolgirls freed after more than three years of Boko Haram captivity met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari May 7 in Abuja, a day after their release in a prisoner swap. Nigeria released five Boko Haram terrorists from prison in exchange for the girls.

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  • Chibok parents praying, ‘groaning’ 3 years later

    April 20 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Chibok parents praying, ‘groaning’ 3 years later

    Parents of the nearly 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls continue to pray with hope three years after Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped the girls. Of the 276 girls kidnapped in an overnight raid in the mostly Christian town, an estimated 195 remain missing after the April 14, 2014 attack on the Government Girls Secondary School.

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  • Congress passes 1st bill devoted to fighting Boko Haram

    December 16 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Congress passes 1st bill devoted to fighting Boko Haram

    The United States House of Representatives unanimously approved a bipartisan bill to help counter Boko Haram’s insurgency in northeast Nigeria and other affected African countries. The bill is awaiting the president’s signature to become a law. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, passed in the Senate in September 2015.

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  • Christian killings said to be religious cleansing

    November 30 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian killings said to be religious cleansing

    The increasingly militant killings of Christians in north-central Nigeria by Muslim Fulani herdsmen are described as revived attempts at religious and ethnic cleansing by survivors. Fulani herdsmen, at times disguised as Nigerian soldiers expected to protect villagers, killed at least 36 Christian farmers in separate attacks in four villages in Kaduna state.

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  • Nigerian officials abuse women in refugee camps

    November 10 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Nigerian officials abuse women in refugee camps

    Nigerian government and security officials have sexually assaulted women and girls who sought shelter at refugee camps after attacks by Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said in a report. The rights group called out the government for failing to penalize abusers and provide the displaced people at the camps with basic amenities.

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  • Boko Haram attacks after freeing 21 Chibok girls

    October 26 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boko Haram attacks after freeing 21 Chibok girls

    As many as 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing after Boko Haram attacked a military base in northeastern Nigeria and destroyed a village bordering Chibok just days after the negotiated release of Chibok schoolgirls. The Nigerian government has downplayed the continuing strength of Boko Haram as the jihadists continue to attack and capture remote towns.

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