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All Civilians Subject To Persecution-What Is Driving The Uncontrolled Violence In The CAR?

Children of Car, all they know is war

Children of Car, all they know is war

It is reported that today, John Kerry is in Africa with ‘tough messages, for Sudan and the CAR to curtail the violence in both area’s.  And that he was prepared to instill sanctions.  That’s his answer to the violence.  (More)

Violence in the CAR continues as evidenced by the recent attack on a Hospital in Boguila resulting in the deaths of 16 people. One of those killed was a Doctor with the aid group Doctors Without Borders.

Since the takeover of the government there, and the coup against Bozize, the Seleka have continued their murderous rampage, with the government unable to control them. They were driven from area’s in the CAR and the new president vow’s that the ‘New Army’ will rid the area of violence. But so far, this has not happened. Chadian forces were brought into the mix, but left after they fired on a group and killed Christians. The Chadian forces were accused of partiality toward the Muslims.

CAR rebel factions

CAR rebel factions

The Anti-Balaka have been touted by the media as a Christian group seeking revenge for Seleka atrocities. We have done extensive research on this group. They are far from Christian. It is claimed the group was formed as vigilantes to aid in protecting Christians being attacked by the formwe self proclaimed President Michel Djotodia. Who has trained and supplying this group that the government now cannot control. We have one video report from a news agency that clearly show’s that many of the Anti-Balaka are ex-military. The Seleka and Anti-Balaka have many members from both groups fighting together.

We have also raised questions about the Lord’s Resistance Army, as many of the practices of the Anti-Balaka are very similar  to the LRA. The international community has been tracking the LRA for years, with reports that they are still in the CAR. Recently it was released that a Junior Commander from the Lord’s Resistance Army was captured and arrested in the CAR. They may have moved underground, but they are still operating in these areas. We know there is a fight for control of oil rich lands there also. Who or what is pushing this ethnic cleansing in the land ? Even Christian news agencies are simply reporting that the Ant-Balaka are a Christian group seeking revenge.

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This is an evil presence that is quickly becoming an equal to Hitler’s ideology in WW2.  The ravaged populace is seeking refuge in churches and hospitals, and the rebels are attacking aid workers and places of refuge.  This seems not a conventional war. If it were, the Geneva Convention would come into play.  Doctor’s Without Borders is one of the only aid agencies left  and now they are being forced to pull out.  Fides agency reports this quote from Doctors Without Borders:

“We are extremely shocked and saddened by the brutal violence used against our health workers team and against the community. This scary incident has forced us to withdraw staff and suspend activities in Boguila” said the Head of Mission for DWB in the Central African Republic.

The attacks on aid workers is a growing concern.  Not only agencies like Doctors Without Borders, but private workers trying to administer whatever aid they can.  A motive of these rebels— to attack first responders.  We see  over and over with the suicide bombings.  They are not planting explosives in multiple areas. One to go off on their target, and one to go off when the first responders arrive.  This is pure evil and cowardice.  There is no honor as they claim.  Honor in killing for their god, but no god would give honor for those who kill the helpless, wounded, and innocent.

What is his future? Be his VOICE

What is his future? Be his VOICE

This is also rampant from Sudan to Nigeria.  The super highway of terror connecting the regions of  Africa.  In Egypt, the recent rape of a young, six year old boy by a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.  He claims that he was teaching the boy a lesson. The child was singing about the new leader of Egypt.  General Sisi.  Again, how do they find honor in such an atrocity committed against an innocent child, the most vulnerable.  A command for rape and torture to teach a child, or anyone a lesson does not come from God.

In Nigeria they are holding at last count 230 school girls hostage.  The Boko Haram kidnapped them, force them to convert to Islam, forced into marriage while they use them as sex and domestic slaves.  This is their M.O.  Again, how does one find honor in this?  No one after the initial shock has reported further on the recent Abuja Bombing, where is the media?  This was no ordinary suicide bombing, stronger, and deadlier and more sophisticated than previous attacks.  Why?  Where are they obtaining their weapons?  Why won’t the media continue to investigate and report? It has also been suggested that the military is helping and giving aid to the Boko Haram. Where is the UN Human Rights Council?  The religious leaders have repeatedly stated that this is a political war and not a religious war. A persecuted Christian has pleaded with us to get the media more involved, to inform the international community of the truth. From our discussion, one of his questions keeps resounding in our minds—So we have no way out?

 

The Stench of Death, Abomination & Devastation Coming From The Middle East & Africa

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There is an ever increasing highway that is being built in the Middle East and Africa.  It is no longer tribal factions fighting over grazing land, or water rights.  This is a blackness of untold magnitude that is spreading from the east to the west.  And it’s growing like a cancer.  It has been covered in a fog from the bottom to the top.  The bottom with the media, and the top with Governments.  The media is working alongside the governments in these areas and the West to cover and distract the world from knowing the truth.

We get only snapshots of terror, that they like to blame on tribal fighting, and small groups of religious zealots,  & civil wars over evil dictators. It works for the most part because it guides the public into thinking it’s the same old fight that’s been going on for centuries—why worry about it.

This is not the truth.  There is a terrible highway being built by evil factions that have one agenda.  Though they are a mixed people they have one goal in mind, and that is to kill everyone and everything that is different from them.  If you don’t believe in their brand of god, than you will die.  They don’t care about life, they have no regard for it.  While talking with a Christian brother from this region, I have come to understand that there are nearly 100 different sects of people who follow Islam.  And none of them seem to know which or who will go into ‘paradise’ with their God.  So they are all bent on killing seeing this as the sure way to guarantee their entry into paradise.  To die in battle fighting in the name of Allah.

So as the media and the West fiddles, so to speak, the middle east and Africa are on fire.  In Syria there has been a battle cry raised, a cry that commands all to come and fight.  This is not war in the conventional sense, this is not the Syrian people raising up to topple an evil dictator.  This is a Holy War, a jihad commanded by a Holy Book. With an end outcome of causing chaos, while ridding the world of non-believers so that their Mahdi/savior can appear.

Leaders in the Middle East supplying the means to martyrs to wreak havoc and slaughter everything in their path.  Abomonation means evil, and this is a picture of the worse evil causing astounding devastation. Look at Syria and the devastation there not only to the land, but to the people.  Millions have fled, hundreds of thousands have died in heinous ways.  The devastation continue while most in the West distract, distract, distract from the truth.

In Somalia today, Charisma magazine is reporting that a woman who converted to Christianity was dragged from her home and shot in the street with the community watching.  Some tried to help her, and so they fired into the crowd.  This was Al-shabab.  (More)  Al-shabab is connected to Al-queda via the terror network that is spreading through a super highway of evil.  These evil abominations have manifested themselves and are targeting governments and officials in an attempt to rid the regions of ‘Christians.’

This is happening in Somalia, Nigeria, Syria, Lybia, and the CAR.  Look at all the deaths to the lawmakers there in recent past.  And this is the claim made by these incendiary thugs.  They are ridding their land of Christians and those who take money from the West.  This is happening in Nigeria, it’s happening in the CAR, it’s happening in Libya, Pakistan,  & Afghanistan.  It’s time for the world to wake up!

While they have unleashed this snake, dragon, beast, a silent genocide is being carried out.  While they terrorize communities, innocents, and governments, the west is silent.  They have created these groups Al-qaeda-like, to do their dirty work like in Afghanistan, with proxy wars and now they can’t control them. They can’t do anything but watch.  Watch in horror as Christians and the worse slaughter in history takes place.  This will go down in history as the second holocaust.  A holocaust like the first, as the world was silent while it’s carried out. And they are silent for the second holocaust.  So maybe some of our questions have been answered.  The West and the world is complicit in this slaughter.  And Christians and other minorities are indeed just collateral damage.

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While the stench of death rises in every part of these regions, the governments are dividing up the spoils. Land, minerals, oil, diamonds and wealth.  And if you enter that door to the East and Africa and get past the stench of death, you see a picture of human rights violations that make the civil rights of the 60’s and the Nazi movement of WWII that makes them pale in comparison.

In Pakistan alone, did you know that most public water wells and fountains specifically only for Muslims? This is not an isolated incident when the Christian woman, (Asia Bibi) was sentenced to death for drinking out of a Muslim well. It is considered that a Christian will defile the water. I have talked to another Christian brother who say’s this is the norm.  Christians are not allowed to drink from public water, they are not allowed to eat in many public places. And they are spat on, beat, mocked and threatened with death for doing the things that we take for granted.

Children are exploited, raped, prostituted and executed. In Libya, I have spoken to a young Christian who is beat regularly, and threatened with death by his own family for his faith in Christ.  He is constantly in fear for his life, quite possibly by the hands of his relatives. Where is the outcry from the Human Rights committees? We can’t hear them…silenced by greed and world leaders.

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Remember nothing is as it seems.  Understand what is happening .  Recognize the symptoms of evil, and corruption.  The thrawls of death have it’s claws into the innocents and it will not let go, until they have eliminated them.

By C. Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst

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President Assad Visits Christian Maaloula, While The West Turns A Blind Eye

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Fox News and others are reporting that President Assad visited Maaloula on Sunday.  This is a village that was attacked and many were slaughtered by rebels.  We found it utterly amazing that it is reported that taking back this village from the Al-Queda affiliated rebels was a prize to the government.  Assad said that he wants to protect Christians, and other religious minorities.  We know Christians were afforded a certain amount of freedom and movement that they don’t have now.  In one rebel held area, Christians have to pay a tax to the rebels, convert or die.  Many media reports from the MSM about Syria are not accurate.   We’ve all seen an realize that.  Here’s an excerpt from Fox News:

President Bashar Assad on Sunday toured a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country “will not submit and yield” to extremists.  Syrian state TV and the country’s official SANA news agency said Assad was in Maaloula, inspecting the damage done in recent fighting to its monasteries and churches.

What do the people of Syria say?  Some say the media reports about Syria are wrong.  Some say that Assad is actually correct in saying this is not a civil war, it’s terrorists.  Some say that the Army and the rebels are both playing games.  Others say that both sides are committing atrocities.  When talking to those who have fled Syria, you get a different picture all together.  While they tell us that Christians had better conditions under Assad, they also say the Government is to blame for the slaughter of Christians, by intentionally moving out of villages and allowing the rebels to take over.  Thus causing the slaughter of Christians.

The Christians in these villages held by rebels have come to rely on the government there for protection. When they leave and allow rebel takeovers, many are killed.  It raises the question, “Is this an intentional cleansing of Christians?”  Syria is not the only place this is happening. It’s happening in Nigeria, the CAR, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and other countries.  It is becoming so bad that some call it the next genocide. Yet the Western leaders are either complicit or blinded.  The people of the west hardly raise an eyebrow.  No one is listening.  No one is listening to the heartbreak, the anguish the sorrow of those affected by this.  The survivors, the ones that have fled to safety live every day with the nightmares caused by the evil that is growing there.  It is hard to express in words the evil that is there.  There is no regard for human life, no regard for anything except heinous slaughter.  It is pure unadulterated evil.  Evil that can only come from the bowels of Hell.

That’s not too harsh.  Look at the images coming from these areas, the reports from those on the ground.  The suffering and anguish carried by the survivors.  The faith that those who witness and experience this puts all in the West to shame.  Recently, a Christian facing extreme persecution told us that their faith grows stronger with the persecution.

Look at the recent statement made by Pastor Abidini for Easter.  He lays in a hospital bed in Iran knowing he is going back to prison there, and he’s praying for Christians everywhere—not for himself, but for his brothers and sisters facing persecution.  That kind of faith is monumental.  But do western Christians have that kind of Faith?  Would we have that Faith if we faced what they are facing? Would you, could you? They are an inspiration for our own faith.

As I talk to people and I look around, and listen to the news about the bombings in Abuja, the kidnapping of the schoolgirls in Nigeria, the slaughter in the CAR and Syria, the horrific images of death, starvation, torture, and rape ring in my mind.  Then I ask why, why does the west remain silent.  It’s not too hard to see what concerns them.  Look at the television programs and what’s popular, Naked & Afraid, The Kardashians, the Shopping channels, & other reality shows.  Naked and Afraid is lived every day by those in these area’s.  Starvation, hardships, fear of death, is reality for them.  If you want to watch a reality show, watch the news about Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Yemen, Sudan and others. That is Reality!

Good Friday killing of priest in Central African Republic

(By Caritas)The president of Caritas Central African Republic has strongly condemned the Good Friday killing of a priest in the diocese of Bossangoa.

Reports say Fr Christ Forman Wilibona was shot six times by armed men while riding on a motorcycle through traffic. He was on his way to Paoua where he was the parish priest at Saint Kisito church.

In a statement released following the killing, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, head of Caritas CAR, said,

“We denounce and condemn these barbaric acts from another age. They could compromise the move towards national reconciliation we have so longed for.”

The archbishop calls on the CAR government to restore the rule of law and for African Union and international forces to disarm militias so people are free to move around the country.

He said the killing marked an upsurge in violence against religious – in particular those in the north-west of the country.

The killing of Fr Wilibona came just two days after Bishop Nestor Azagbya Nongo of Bossangoa and three diocesan priests were kidnapped by ex-Seleka militia in Batangafo and later released.

“We invite the people of the Central African Republic as well as all men and women of good will to pray for the return of peace and security to our country and to open their hearts to dialogue and reconciliation,” said Archbishop Nzapalainga.

Core Value: Being There, A Report On CAR From Someone Who Was There

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(By Open Doors USA) Have you ever wondered why the immeasurable things in life are the very things that mean the most to you? The special moments that fill the years. The friend showing up and listening during the hard times.  The love shared between two souls.  These are all things that we cannot measure with inches, miles or seconds. These are gifts from God that reach into our souls.

One of the core values of Open Doors is simply “being there”. For those living in a country listed on our World Watch List, the knowledge that a brother or sister in Christ is standing with you in prayer through your persecution, is invaluable. One cannot buy this or make it happen- That is God’s power through us!

When someone in chains for their faith learns that we are united with them in prayer and spirit, they often tell us that this ‘immeasurable’ gift gives them to strength to keep going, and encourages them to keep pressing on. This bond between believers is one that can only be confirmed by the Spirit, and is one that Jesus encouraged: Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11

Just as our obedience is evidence of our authentic faith in Jesus, there are numerous outward happenings that can show how our brothers and sisters around the world have been strengthened, and are continuing to be strengthened, through Open Doors’ ministry to them. It is our joy to share with you some ways that God is working among the persecuted believers we are working with!

Mark*, a recent traveler to the Central African Republic, shares with us his eyewitness perspective of the persecution happening there, as well as the extreme situations the CAR church is facing daily.

What did you do in the Central African Republic?
I was in the capital Bangui to see how we can support the church there amid the spiraling crisis, and to make a plan for emergency aid. We are now helping 150 pastors there through financial support. They have often lost their source of income, because they can no longer hold church services, and their church members have had to flee. We are also helping with the support of refugees. People are afraid to sleep in their homes at night, and are often staying on the church premises.

What made the greatest impression on you in the Central African Republic?
The utter unpredictability of the violence. One day, you think that everything is all right, and the next day, your spouse is murdered. Utterly atrocious acts are being committed on the basis of rumors, and innocent people are being killed. The brutality of the violence also struck me. People are not simply being killed. Sometimes the stories point towards ritual slaughter. The meetings with the victims also made a huge impression on me. I spoke to a number of widows. They showed me a photo of a pastor and his son lying in a coffin. The woman was grief-stricken.

What can you do for such women at times like this?
We can be there and listen to them. This is the core of the work of Open Doors: standing next to persecuted Christians. I am not the ‘outsider’ who drives around there setting up projects. I went there for the people and built up relationships. We are not there for a quick fix. We are trying to strengthen the CAR church in the long term. For example, we support these women in earning a living through the granting of microloans to help them start businesses. Also, through trauma care and support in reconciliation between Christians and Muslims.

Can what is happening in CAR happen in other African countries too? 
Last year, from nowhere Mali appeared on the World Watch List. This year it was the Central African Republic. It’s not unthinkable that such a scenario will be played out in other countries. In Guinea, there are tensions in certain regions. Cameroon is a stable country, but the president is eighty-one. What will happen when he needs to be replaced? It is particularly tense in places where Islam and Christianity meet one another, such as in Nigeria. But we did not predict Central African Republic’s violence. We are now trying to build up networks in other countries to prepare Christians for the persecution that may arise.

To learn more about what Open Doors is about and up to, check out our 2014 Quick Facts. Please keep these believers and situations in prayer with us, and stay up to date on what is happening in the CAR here.

*Names, photographs and other information have been changed for security purposes

Updates On The CAR conflict: Chadian troops kill at least 24 in Bangui

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There is so much violence in the CAR, Nigeria, Sudan, and Somalia. Staggering chaos and many, many unanswered questions.  The MSM reports that Chadian Troops have killed 24 people, mainly Christians when they attacked neighborhoods in Bangui 2 days ago.  Reports from BBC indicate that the Chadian troops were attacked by the ‘Christian Militia.’  BBC also say’s that Chadian forces have been accused of supporting muslim rebels. (more) What is puzzling is that the Chadian troops are not part of the African Union Peacekeeping force.  So why are militaries, and militia’s allowed to wreak havoc here?  Why has the government, strengthened by the French army, the UN and African Peace keeping forces not been able to bring about calm?

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The African Peace keepers are defending the Chadian Troops, stating that they came under attack from ‘Christian Militias’.  There are very deep feelings from the area about the Chadian troops. (More) Chad has been accused of meddling in the conflict, helping to overthrow the government last year.  The new government lead by the Central African Republic’s first female president Catherine Samba-Panza, has been embroiled in it’s own controversy.  At her first speech to the nation, she re-introduced the military, and minutes after she left, the new Army beat a man to death and drug him through the streets.  (Read here)

Chad and Libya has had their share of back and forth, but remember Chad in the beginning was backing Gadaffi. And he even had Chadian forces defending him.  We all know about the French, Nato, and Gadaffi, with reported hints of arms trafficking into Libya and the Benghazi incident, where Ambassador Stevens and others were killed.  Here is a quote from International Crises Group from 2011 titled ‘Africa without Qaddafi:  The Case of Chad:

“When the crisis began, Déby tried to defend Qaddafi’s legitimacy by accusing the rebels of colluding with Islamists. Though his government denied it was providing any military support, the presence of Chadian fighters in Libya among Qaddafi’s troops stripped his statements of weight.” (More)

Despite sincere efforts of the media portraying this as a religious war, this is most likely not the case.  Religious leaders have been speaking out regularly stating it’s a political conflict not religious.  And it’s Christian and Muslim leaders. This map may show why this conflict continues to rage.  Take note of the oil pipelines.

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The Christians and the Muslims have lived side by side here for years without incident.  We have just reported recently that it’s been found that so-called Christians are fighting with the Seleka (muslim rebels) and the Muslim rebels are fighting with these so-called Christians. The Anti-balaka raise many red flags, such as who is training them?  And the big question—where is the ‘Lord’s Resistance Army’? We know they are in the area.  And not much has been said about them lately.  We also found that the practices of the Anti-balaka closely resemble the practices of the ‘Lord’s Resistance Army.’  They wrongfully call themselves, Christian Militia.  Their actions and rituals are far from Christianity.

Religious leaders from both sides recently met in the West begging us not to forget them.  But it appears we have done just that.

The refugee camps which many are fleeing to, are rife with rebels hiding as refugees.  These camps are hot beds for kidnapping, rape, torture and arms trafficking.  So why can’t the government gain control?  Not surprising, these arms shipments are making their way north to the Boko Haram in Nigeria.  With some caches recently found and seized by the Cameroon military near the Nigerian border.

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The Boko Haram are a vicious, radical Islamist sect who kill anything that move in their attacks. And they have become more embolden in recent months. Is there a connection?

Statistics

According to the UNHCR:  Over 400,000 people are estimated to be internally displaced, compared to some 94,000 in early 2012. Some 65,000 individuals have fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of the Congo, Chad and Cameroon, bringing the global number of Central African refugees close to 220,000.

Euro news:  Thousands have died since the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago and launched a campaign of terror.

Nigeria, Boko Haram:  The group is known for attacking Christians and government targets, bombing churches, attacking schools and police stations, kidnapping western tourists, but has also assassinated members of the Islamic establishment. Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2002 and 2013.  The conflicts have left around 90,000 people displaced. Human Rights Watch claims that Boko Haram uses child soldiers, including 12 year olds.

The statistics are very hard to obtain for these areas, I can tell you in 2014 the violence and death’s have increased to the point of Genocide.  The amount of people displaced has exponentially increased.  Please don’t let the horrors these people face go unnoticed or forgotten.  Speak out, and pray.  Pray for calm, pray for peace, pray for comfort, strength, and protection.  So many innocent people and children are suffering beyond imagination.

This is an ongoing conflict, and we will update as we get new information.

By C.Refsland & L.Kanalos VOP Advocates

Are Middle Eastern Christians Considered Collateral Damage?

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My Heart goes out to the people of Ukraine, but as I received a comment today from a Sister in Christ that got me thinking.  Since the world is focused on Ukraine, and Russia, and they are very fixated on this.  Media reports that lead to believe that all that remains is the first shot.  Some of the media reports indeed seem staged.  I watched one popular news channel, parade pictures all evening last night of ordinary citizens of Ukraine, posing with armed soldiers like it was a summer parade or picnic.  On the other hand, I saw pictures of  Russian troops with priests in the background carry a large cross standard.  But while we are all focused on Russia, as we should be concerned, but what is happening in Syria?

What is happening in Israel, and Iran, and Libya?  Libya is a hot bed again, killing Christians, threatening Christians either convert or die.  Parts of Syria have turned completely insane. There are reports coming out of Syria that ISIS, Iraq and the Levant have taken over large swaths of Christian communities and they are demanding that Christians either convert, or be killed or pay a tax of 500.00 per person.  I’ve heard it called dhimmitude, I’ve heard it called Jizya. (More)

This is ‘Sharia Law’ 101.  Most westerners know nothing of this practice.  It’s oppressive and the penalty for not paying this tax is death or worse.   Whatever it is, it’s hideous, appalling and unspeakable, that in the modern world that the west enjoys that one would think that this could actually happen.  Open doors is reporting that Syrian Christians are running out of options.  Mission Network News is also reporting:

Syria (MNN) — Ukraine has taken over the world’s spotlight, but developments in Syria are cause for concern: believers are running out of options. David Curry of Open Doors USA explains: “Over the past several months, Christians have increasingly been caught in the cross-fire of the battle between those that are loyal to the government and the Muslim extremists.“Some extremist groups have been quoted as saying, ‘We’ll either kill you or you’ll have to leave.’ There’s a concerted effort to put Christians in the middle of these battles because they want them to leave; they want to impose Sharia law.”

Iran continues to spew hatred about Israel and the US.  World leaders have seemed recently to actually be welcoming chaos and anarchy.  It’s as if they want this to re-shape the world.  I asked the question on a previous post, and that was ‘Do you suppose that Christians are just collateral damage?’

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Do you suppose that they know that the western world as a whole, is not informed about the plight of the Christians?  Do you suppose that in their zeal to re-shape the world into a ‘New World Order’  that Christians are just insignificant?

Well in Africa, evidently chaos and anarchy has blinders.  In the North Boko Haram are killing Christians and destroying villages and towns like a ravenous wolf.  In the CAR the UN is calling for more UN troops on the ground to quell the violence there.  They are protraying a war war between the Muslims and the Christians, with both attacking each other with what can only be described as heinous and demonic.  They are still removing dozens of bodies from streets today that have been hacked to pieces or burned.  (More)

Soon, the world will be enveloped in darkness and chaos.  It’s in the Bible.  Then you will be faced with this very choice.  What will you do?  What will you choose?  Man or God?

Right now, choose to be informed, choose to pray for peace in these regions.  Speak out to your Representatives, ask your Church leaders to speak out, and get behind those who dare to speak out, before this right is torn from us.  Pray for our Brother’s and Sisters as they face this evil.

Why Has Boko-Haram’s Attacks Continued Unchecked?

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As you know  we have dared to ask many questions that the media won’t ask when researching the violence in Africa and the Middle East.  There have been very disturbing reports coming not only from Syria, Central African Republic, but also Nigeria.  In the most recent attack, Boko Haram entered a village and attacked a boarding school, burning it to the ground with students and others still inside.  It was reported that they separated the girls from the boys.  Telling the girls to run away and get married, just as their brand of sharia law calls for.  Women are not allowed any other life except marriage. The very name Boko Haram means ‘Western Education is Sinful.‘  It was also reported that they separated Christians from Muslims, but these stories of religious separation are not widely reported.

Today in the Christian Science Monitor they asked the question, ‘Where was the Nigerian Army’?  That’s a question that we all want answered.  It was reported that the security forces didn’t arrive for at least 2 hours.  Reports claim they ‘slaughtered some like rams.’  (More)  As the Government struggles for answers, they’re coming under fire.  Where was the army?  In the CAR they are struggling with the same questions.  This article from the Fides agency sheds a little light on what they would like to do with the army in Nigeria.

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – Nigeria is still shocked after the killing of more than 40 students in a dormitory of the government run Buni-Yadi college in the north eastern state of Yobe, during the night of 25 February. The assailants, probably members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, spared the girls but set fire to the dormitory where the boys were sleeping. Those trying to escape were killed in cold blood.
Attempting to give a sign of commitment to the general public, the Nigerian Senate has ordered army chief of staff Major General Kenneth Minimah, to move his office temporarily to Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, one of the three states with Yobe and Adamawa where a state of emergency was imposed in May 2013 to facilitate the task of the armed forces to hunt down Boko Haram.
The Nigerian Senate has also charged Major General Minimah to tighten security measures in schools in areas of Boko Haram violence, which has caused thousands to flee to neighbouring Niger, where the situation is very precarious. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 27/2/2014

It’s hard to understand why the UN has not demanded more forces sent to Nigeria, and the CAR.  In Nigeria, the Boko Haram, a ruthless band of rebels with ties to Al-queda brandishing their own vicious brand of murderous religous law.  And in the CAR the army has been rendered virtually helpless in controlling the violence.  French troops and African Union troops are helping there, but still the weapons smuggling and kidnapping trades run rampant along side fleeing refugees.  There are worries that if they don’t get a handle on things soon, other groups like Boko Haram will enter through their porous borders.  It’s an established fact that the Lord’s Resistance Army has operated in this area.  And a weapons shipment was intercepted recently on the Camaroon border on the way to the Boko Haram in Nigeria.

There are those in Nigeria who are trying to help and are ministering to the victims and their families.  But they are under constant danger.  The public is fearful, and are growing weary from the violence.  Why these groups want to constantly attack defenseless children, we will never understand.  But the attacks continue and grow in frequency.  Pray for the leaders of these regions, pray for peace, pray for calm, and pray for protection, comfort and strength for the weak, innocent and our Brothers and Sisters.

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Related:

Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria accused of killing sleeping children(The Guardian)

Credit to Wikimedia Commons for Map : Nigerian states by population density, english version of map from german wikipedia [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:Bev%C3%B6lkerungsdichte_Nigerischer_Bundesstaaten.png]

By VOP Advocates L.Kanalos/C.Refsland

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