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(Voice of the Persecuted)As you know we have reported that Boko Haram recently released a new video threatening all of Northeast Africa. Several threats were made against, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad. Threats made by the leader showcasing their huge array of weapons, and trumpeting their pride in how far they have come “from machetes and sticks” to now, boasting they would rule. Their recent presence in Niger inciting protests against a cartoon sent significant shock waves through the Christian Communities. Image after image of Christians continuing to worship in darkness show a contrast to the fear that this murderous group is attempting to instill in the world. But in reality while the world remains silent, the Black flag of Islam is controlling large swath’s of land. Larger than many in the world seem to realize.
Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – “Boko Haram tried to enter Maiduguri twice last weekend: the first time on Friday 23 and the second, Sunday 25 January”, reports Agenzia Fides. His Exc. Mgr. Oliver Dashe Doeme, Bishop Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, in northern Nigeria where the Boko Haram fighters tried to enter after having taken possession of other cities in the north-east of the Country.
“The guerrillas of Bolo Haram were rejected by the military and the civilian militia that defend the city. The fights were very intense. Boko Haram has lost several men. At the moment the situation in Maiduguri appears calm”, says to Fides Mgr. Doeme, who states that he is in Damaturu (Yobe State capital, whose territory falls within the diocese presided over by the Bishop) on a pastoral visit, although his collaborators keep him constantly updated on the situation in Maiduguri.
“We find ourselves in a very dangerous and difficult moment” continues the Bishop. “We risk seeing Boko Haram conquer the entire north-east before the end of the election, unless foreign troops intervene”, said Mgr. Doeme, referring to the presidential elections to be held in mid-February and to the coordination of the military actions of neighboring Countries against Boko Haram, after the latest raids of Nigerian extremists in Cameroon and the conquest of the base of the international force of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad (see Fides 09/01/2015).
“The situation is very complex and the first victims are innocent civilians”, concluded the Bishop of Maiduguri who implies the existence of some “saboteurs” and accomplices within the Nigerian army, who favor the advance of Boko Haram for political reasons. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 26/01/2015)
A recent report by CNN gained alot of criticism for portraying the government’s lack of concern, care and support of the military. They spoke with soldiers and wives of soldiers, and their report shows soldiers having to buy their own uniforms, equipment and health care. Widows of soldiers are ignored, with the government refusing to hear their pleas.
Northern Nigeria (CNN) :I didn’t want to ask the question. I could already guess the pain behind the answer. “Do you think your husband is dead?” Her mouth twists, contorting her young face, tears welling in her already reddened eyes. “I don’t know… I pray to God to give him another chance,” she finally manages to stutter.
To watch the video click the above link. It’s eye opening. We also were skeptica,l so we sent it to someone on the ground for verification. Sadly, they confirmed this was true, saying there are many women in the same situation. Their husbands missing or killed and the government refusing to open their cases. Many women and children abandoned from a government their husbands swore to defend. Many innocents on the run from Boko Haram finding little comfort. One critic of the above said that the media here in America wouldn’t dare to call out our military in that manner, but yet we have. We have repeatedly called out our government for the way our veterans and their families are treated.
Boko Haram has devastated large areas of land. Right under the noses of the African Government and military.
Just how much territory do they control? It’s been said that Boko Haram alone controls land the size of Belgium. How could this happen? How could the world allow this cancer to spread? They seem to have underestimated the super highway that has been constructed right under their noses. By uniting with ISIS, Al-shabob, Al-queda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Taliban and Iran they have created this super highway of terror that reaches from Iran to the coast of Africa. They receive funding and weapons with their own network of alliances that rival NATO. That’s not hyperbole or an understatement.
While previewing this video for truth, we were told that one way for the Boko Haram to obtain weapons was to attack military bases where they receive intelligence from their connections in the military. Until the world realizes the scope of the magnitude of what is happening these groups will thrive. Again, their weapons, their intelligence, their support rivals that of NATO. They have created this mammoth network all across the Middle East and Africa. Look at Yemen and how quickly the government fell.
Despite all the violence, Christianity continues to grow in Nigeria. The numbers of Christians in Nigeria has grown from 21.4% in 1953 to 49.3% in 2010. Their faith is strengthened in the face of tribulation. What is heartbreaking is the numbers of displaced. Refugee camps are growing.
World Watch Monitor quotes a Nigerian Cleric : What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria.
World Watch Monitor also tells of the plight and anger of Christians at the Governments inability to care for or protect them.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria for the North Central Zone, Daniel Kadzai, said Christians in the north have lost confidence in the government’s ability to deal with the crisis. ‘‘The Federal Government has toyed with the lives and limbs of the Christians in Northern Nigeria for political gains. “There is no explanation the government can give as to why the Federal troops will run away from the towns prior to the attack on such towns by Boko Haram without putting up any resistance, if the government does not have a hand in the whole genocide on Northern Christians as is being speculated in the local and foreign media,’’ Kadzai said.
The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), based mainly in the northern part of the country, is the worst affected by the insurgency. Information released during the protest shows that the church has suffered heavy losses and damages over the 5 years of Boko Haram insurgency. Over 8,000 of their members have been killed, while more than 700,000, mostly women and Children have been displaced and now scattered in places like Jos, Abuja, Kaduna and Yola. Some 270 churches have been razed completely by the insurgents. Nigeria is ranked fourth on theGlobal Terrorism Index (GTI) for 2013, issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace. According to the index, more than 80 per cent of the lives lost to terrorists occurred in five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.The institute says Boko Haram is one of the four most-active militant organisations along with the Islamic State, the Taliban and al Qaeda. (More)
So you begin to see the magnitude of what is transpiring in Nigeria. Why are the cries of the innocents unheeded? We would like to know the answer to that. Although recent attacks are ever stronger, the condemnation from world leaders and the UN are not. No aid, no help, and nothing to stop the rampage. Pray for Nigeria.
C. Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst
I recently did a post about the growing trend of supporting and joining the killing fields in the middle east. There is an ever growing number of those from the west calling themselves Christians who are supporting and even calling for killing in the name of Christianity. Is this what we are suppose to do? Is this commanded by Jesus? Yes, we can defend ourselves, but to be a crusader that backs and supports killing is another matter all together. Yesterday, on a Christian site, I read a piece titled, “Christian Militia teaches ISIS a lesson.” It literally sent chills down my spine. This is not about a re-birth of the crusades, this is not about imitating a Roman Emperor (Constantine). This is not about keeping score or revenge. God say’s ‘Vengeance is mine.’ This is about watching 1/4 of the world’s population as they are slaughtered and tortured.
Today while reading the news about the American aide worker captured and beheaded by ISIS (his identity has not been confirmed), I felt what everyone feels—sadness, anger, rage even, but I also feel what he felt. Below is a quote from Peter Kassig in an interview he did about his work and why he felt compelled to do it.
“It’s about showing people that we care, that someone is looking out for those who might be overlooked or who have slipped through the cracks in the system for whatever reason.”
He started his own organization 2 years ago and traveled to Syria out of love to provide aid (food, clothing, and medical assistance) to the suffering people of the war in Syria. His Mother is calling for restraint in the media. She does not wish for the hostage takers to use anything that would further their cause. I couldn’t agree more. This honorable man should be held in high esteem, but to allow this evil to use any retaliation to further their cause and ideology is wrong.
The claimed Christian militias are spreading fear and hate and a mindset of revenge. What they may not realize is they’re actually allowing this evil to grow in popularity. This tribulation is turning into a sort of sports game where scores are kept. The so called christian group in Nigeria called Anti-balaka are also spreading this same type of fear and hatred. They recruit those weak in faith or weakened by greif. By the way we have proven they are not a Christian group. We can also say that it’s been proven that the Lord’s Resistance Army has a huge presence in Nigeria even today.
The lack of interest from the UN and western governments has fueled Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Queda, and those like them, and the fear they are spreading. Fear breeds fear. Hate breeds hate. What have we become? As Christians, what have we become when we remain silent about the persecution our brothers and sisters are facing? As Christians is the only answer to take up arms and join in the slaughter?
We can take a lesson from what is happening in Nigeria. Watch this video, it’s very graphic, but then ask yourself what are we becoming, when we allow fear and hatred to overtake us. We’ve remained silent while murderous rampages happen. What did we expect would happen, while thousands watch their loved ones systematically killed in the name of a religion and leaders stand idly by? What do we expect will happen when we as voices for the persecuted remain silent and complacent? What do we expect will happen unless we unite and form a chain of love and peace to aid those suffering. There is such a great need in Nigeria, Syria, Libya, Pakistan and all parts between.
As these men who more resemble monsters are taking over 1/4 of the world, or at least that’s what they portray. The leaders of the free world are taking an obligatory response and fueling the flames, while some in the west are taking up arms to join the fight. A fight that is a losing battle at least for Christians, expanding the bulls-eye giving them reason to target each and every one of us. We, or at least some of us are sending the wrong message. As peace is taken from Jerusalem and a form of evil hatred is forced upon Israel, the rest of us are lulled into believing that peace has been taken from the world and there is no recourse except to trust in bureaucrats, or dictatorship. One that closes it’s eyes to genocide and persecution in order to divvy up the spoils and carve up the land.
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints..
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
So does the word of God sound like it advocates hatred and killing? No in fact just the opposite. It advocates a peace that passes all understanding. (Philipians 4:7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So let us unite in our prayers for the 1/4 of the earth still in slavery and chaos, let us unite for our persecuted brethren, let us unite to give aid to the weak, the sick, the war torn, the tortured. Let us unite in Christ’s love and peace, for He alone can calm the storm, though it rage all around us, He alone can keep us safe in the midst of the waves. Not man, not a government, not a militia, not a crusade. God.
I ask again, “How far do you go to stop evil, before you are also evil.”??????
We have not forgotten them. They are not invisible. We can not look away from our family in Christ. Our brothers and sisters need our immediate assistance. Will you partner with us in this mission?
Thank you for your continued support. We could not do it without you!
While the world news outlets focus on only one portion of the middle east crises at a time, and portray the current crises as individual separate from the other outbreaks, there are similarities possibly linking it together as one. (More)
Christians in Pakistan are reporting that the IS (notorious terror group now demonizing northern Iraq)manifesto is being distributed in Pakistan and Afghanistan:
(Excerpt) The IS manifesto entitled “Victory” has been apparently distributed to increase support for IS Caliphate. This manifesto was distributed in Afghanistan also. The booklet urges general public to support the Islamic caliphate.
The IS manifesto was published in Pashto and Dari languages and this twelve-page booklet has been distributed in Peshawar and Afghan refugees camps. In some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the IS graffiti has been approved with favour as people have set up posters on their cars in support of the IS.
The news this morning is grim. Further alarming for Christians, Sikh’s, Hindu’s, and many other minorities. Our concern grows as Pakistan is in a full blown crises with tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets. Much of the media shares of two men, one a political figure and former cricket star, Imran Khan, the other a cleric, Tahir-ul Qadri, as advocates of democracy attempting to take over the government to set it honest. Many claim the two leading the protests and calling Sharrif’s government false are themselves corrupt with ties to the Taliban. That there is no good or bad Taliban as former President Bush once said. We are told they are one with Al-queda, ISIS, Al-Nusra, Al- Shabob, Boko Haram and the rest.
The military in Pakistan are fighting to keep their borders safe—the borders to Iran, and India and though they are strong, they are too few in number to combat this. And it has been said that if the people converge on the parliament, the military would stand down. This would be catastrophic as Pakistan’s Nuclear weapons would fall into hands of those who wish to destroy.
However, it is reported, Khan released the president of his own political party after he accused Khan of conspiring with the army to oust the besieged prime minister and set new elections later this month. The party official said if Pakistan’s government collapsed, Khan would be responsible.
“Imran Khan said we can’t move forward without the army,” the Telegraph reports Khan’s former party associate saying. “Imran Khan also said that all the matters had been decided and there will be elections in September.”
Excerpt from the Washington Post:
As the demonstrations calling for the prime minister’s resignation enter their third week, Sharif is trying to navigate Pakistan’s worst political crisis in more than a decade. With the violence increasing, what started as a routine demonstration has morphed into concerns that the government of a nuclear-armed country could collapse.
Watch this video of the protests claiming, “it is a pursuit of power by two individuals—one who is has a dedicated cult following and the other who has a political party who is probably number 2 in the country.”
There are tens of thousands of protesters in the streets organized by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri. This is spreading to major cities of Pakistan, like Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. There are reports that 400 were wounded over the weekend and at least 40 killed, as police fired on protesters with tear gas, and live fire trying to protect the residence of Sharrif.
So you can see the differing opinions, media coverage, and world opinion. Talking to those who have been directly affected and the deteriorating constitution to protect minorities, it seems Pakistan’s government is on the verge of collapsing. But the question is what will take it’s place? Will the Taliban step in under the auspice of democracy and peace? Some say what has happened in Iraq will happen there, and in a very short time. The US has extensive ties to Pakistan, tied together and originated from the Mujahadin and al-Queda. And remember the U.S. created al-Queda to fight against Russia in Afghanistan.
By mid-1979, the United States had started a covert program to finance the mujahideen. President Carter’s National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was later quoted as saying that the goal of the program was to “induce a Soviet military intervention”, but later clarified that this was “a very sensationalized and abbreviated” misquotation and that the Soviet invasion occurred largely because of previous U.S. failures to restrain Soviet expansionism. (More about Operation Cyclone)
For quite some time, activists have been speaking out about the abuses of minorities in Pakistan—All minorities. Those who don’t share the brand of Islam supported by the Government are persecuted, increasingly with the Blasphemy law. Sharia law is governing in Pakistan and the people are caught in the middle. It’s also been said that restrictions have become so strict that they cannot worship and pray in public, or in a church without fear of some sort of persecution. Church’s have been threatened, with worshipers moving underground.
Pakistan’s Military has great intelligence capabilities. They were trained by the US and are still monitored by the US. They are powerful, but are fewer in numbers. We have done extensive research on the ties of these groups. Speaking to those who have fled, we are told they are united as one front whether the media or western governments want to admit it or not.
And it’s also known that Khan has always wanted to negotiate with the Taliban, and unfortunately their propaganda campaign has been successful in gaining followers, followers that are kept from the truth. Keeping information to a minimum, the tv stations were knocked off the air for a period of time over the weekend, phone service was down or very limited.
Qadri and Khan were seen together in Pakistan, today. Qadri was quoted as saying that not one of the articles of Pakistan’s constitution was upheld, and they would institute the first 40 articles of the constitution immediately. On researching the articles spoken of, you find that it does not protect the rights of minorities or give rights to the Pakistan people to worship as theychoose. In fact it states that Islamic teachings and way of life will be compulsory. (Read here)
If they are not concerned with the persecution of women, children, Christians, Sikhs, or other minorities, why is this change needed? Change is needed, but a change that protects all the citizens of Pakistan.
Many Pakistani’s and human rights activists are struggling in the fight to find peace. Pakistani Christians and Muslims alike tell us that they fear for the future of their country and their children’s future and Pakistan is at its most troubled times. That they have always stood against injustice and unfairness, whether for women or minorities. That humans always come first. And how heartbreaking it is to see fellow country men and women in desperation. And from a courageous activist (a muslim), “I join you in the prayers for global stability and sanity.”
Please pray for those seeking peace and equality for all Pakistani’s. Please pray for this nation.
By C. Refsland & L. Kanalos
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.
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.
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
CNN is covering the kidnapping of 234 school girls. (Here) But for the most part the Mainstream Media refuses to show the wrathful, atrocious, malicious, reprobate acts carried out against innocent people in Nigeria. The daily lives of Christians and other religious minorities have been decimated and reduced to chaos, and uncertainty. Uncertain whether the sun will set or rise without the heinous shedding of innocent blood. These conflicts in Africa are spreading their darkness, the blackness grows, and with it comes the demons called Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, Al-Queda, Seleka, ‘Lord’s Resistance Army’, Anti-Balaka, and all other rebel groups that share the same evil codes.
The media refuses to investigate the corruption of the governments in these places, the blatant ignoring of the slaughter and kidnappings by the government there and here in the west, goes largely silent. (More) They should be raising alarms and red flags and asking tough questions. Questions & concerns that are valid and need addressing in order to uncover the darkness that lives here.
The toll this is taking on not only the innocent, population, but on those attempting to aid the victims, is reaching proportions not seen since WW2. The beheadings, and executions, alone are enough to cause even the seasoned war veterans to go mad. And yet these people witness this every day.
We have talked with people on the ground and it’s unimaginable what they have to endure. These images will mark them and walk with them the rest of their lives. They say that their faith in God is the only thing that sustains them. Recently an aid worker delivering clothes and other aid to victims was gunned down. His crime? Attempting to provide relief, a little comfort in a ravaged region, some clothing. Imagine that. Those who are brave enough to go into the middle of slaughter are gunned down. They put their lives at risk daily just to provide comfort, and these malicious demons slaughter them.
Then there is the hundreds of school girls that were kidnapped. The unspeakable terror that they are facing is heartwrenching. The parents of the girls say that the number is 234. Yet where are the armies looking for them? Where is the outcry from the UN? Where is the outcry from the West? We know the history of these evil groups and why they kidnap young girls and children. The girls are raped and forced into slavery among the rebels, and they are the fortunate ones. The boys are forced into serving as militant soldiers in what can only be described as the devils army. And they too are used as sex slaves and in prostitution. Pedophilia runs rampant. They are psychologically tortured, and forced into martyrdom. Innocent children, that should be worried about what they will wear to school, or what their grades will be this semester. Instead they are forced to endure torture beyond human capabilities.
The international community needs to highlight and draw this to the attention of their governments, instead of covering it up or ignoring it. Something must to be done. As we saw in Rwanda and also what we are seeing in the CAR, a genocide has already begun— as we sit comfortably here in the West feeling as though nothing ever touches us. Atrocities are taking place on a catastrophic level. While the West worries about prom dresses, dance recitals and ball games. Minute by minute, the children in these countries are facing rape, torture and death. How much longer will you remain silent?
BE THEIR VOICE!
By C. Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst