(Voice of the Persecuted) While the media, western leaders and so called experts and analysts focus and downplay the connected ties that evil has, attacks rocked from Pakistan to Nigeria. One close to us lost a friend in the attacks on Christian Churches in Pakistan. Today, evil knows no boundaries or benevolence. Images show even children who were wounded. The militants belonging to a religious ideology that loves death more than life, joined together terrorizing from multiple regions of the world, as we’ve warned in the past. Using them as a cover for arms traffic as well. There has been a superhighway of terror flowing from the Middle East, to the coasts of Africa and Asia for some time.
While the Taliban was committing a genocidal attack on Christians in Pakistan, Boko Haram was burning whole villages, using an IDP camp to hide bombs ready to be detonated. The AFP reported the bombs were found in the city’s Yerwa primary school, prompting panic until soldiers destroyed the bombs from a distance. The school was converted into a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) after Boko Haram Islamists captured the town of Bama, some 70 kilometres (43 miles) from Maiduguri, last July.
We’ve shared that refugee camps were infiltrated by rebels using these camps to gather information, as a base for terror, frequently kidnapping, raping and torturing. Many refugees flee these camps for when they recognize militants in the midst.
On Saturday, Boko Haram set fire to homes in the town of Bama. The military was reportedly on it’s way to retake the town, when Boko Haram suddenly told everyone to leave. They then set fire to their homes. But not everyone was able to escape—the sick, the weak, and the elderly couldn’t leave and locals fear that they were burned alive in their homes. Those who could fled toward Maiduguri. There has been a renewed call from the UN for all African Nations to start a monetary fund for fighting Boko Haram, while France seems to be providing logistics. There are reports that hired mercenaries were making their way through Northern Nigeria also to take down the Boko Haram. The Nigerian government denies hiring any foreign mercenaries. But others suggest the use of mercenaries is far more extensive than previously known. Several hundred mercenaries, including pilots of helicopters and fighter jets – are believed to be involved in the battle against the Boko Haram insurgents. One diplomat told Reuters that the hiring of foreign mercenaries “appears to be a desperate ploy to get some sort of tactical success up there in six weeks for the electoral boost.”
ISIS appears to be extending their reach, with the recent renewed pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram. And hints that Al-Shabob will be following suit. Uniting under one goal, and that is to destroy the West, Christianity and anything else that stands in their way. The media is beginning to talk about this evil spreading across 1/4 of the globe, but is it too little too late? Western leaders are still scrambling to put 2 sentences together about them.
The Pope spoke out today and condemned the Pakistan attack. CNA quoted him saying,
“With suffering, with much suffering, I have learned of today’s terrorist attacks against two churches in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, which have caused numerous deaths and injuries,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square March 15.
Francis noted how both of the churches targeted, only a few meters apart, “are Christian churches, the Christians who are persecuted,” and grieved how “our brothers shed their blood solely because they are Christians.”
In addition to praying for the victims and their families, Francis implored God “for the gift of peace and harmony for that country, and that this persecution against Christians – which the world tries to hide – will end, and that there will be peace.”
Pray for peace and pray endurance for our brethren, globally facing so much suffering.
C. Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst
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