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Christian convert killed in Bangladesh

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(Voice of the Persecuted) In the latest attack on minorities in the country, Hossain Ali (68), a Christian convert was brutally hacked to death by suspected Islamic militants in the northern Bangladesh town of Kurigram. Witnesses claim during his regular morning walk, attackers jump out at Ali and slashed his neck. Law enforcement reported 3 unknown assailants fled the scene on motorbikes and that Ali died on the spot. They also reported that there had been disputes in the family and he may have been murdered for religious reasons.

Ali converted to Christianity in 1999. He had recently retired from government service. Locals also claim Hossain Ali was a pastor at a neighborhood church, although autorities have denied this claim. He was also a 1971 liberation war veteran.

In January, the Islamic State claimed the murder of Samir al-Din because he converted from Islam. Their statement, “Soldiers of the caliphate were able to eliminate the apostate, named ‘Samir al-Din’, by stabbing him with a knife,”

Despite ISIS claiming responsibily for a number of attacks, the government denies the presence of ISIS in Bangladesh and attributes the murders to the banned Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh. The nation seen a surge in Islamist violence as activists and religious minorities have been targeted.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh. Pray endurance for the many who have converted to faith in Jesus across the globe.

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Clergyman in Nigeria Has Conducted More Funerals than Weddings

The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, archbishop of Jos. (The Living Church)

The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, archbishop of Jos. (The Living Church)

Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Amid reports of more Christians killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, a clergyman here told protestors that in the past 15 years he has conducted more funerals than weddings.

After leading hundreds of Christian demonstrators to the Plateau House of Assembly on Aug. 31, the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Anglican archbishop of Jos, said the deaths were the result of attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

“As a pastor, I have conducted more burial services of those killed through attacks than weddings and naming ceremonies since 2001,” he said. “It’s sad to note that most victims of the attacks are harmless children, some infants, women and youth.”

Archbishop Kwashi, also addressing members of the House of Assembly, said urgent steps must be taken to curtail the violence.

“The Nigerian government must end the killings,” he said. “Attention should not be concentrated only in the northeast alone, as people too are being killed here in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa and Kaduna states.”

Peter Azi, speaker of the House of Assembly, responded with a statement condemning unprovoked attacks on Christian communities in Plateau state. He gave assurances that parliamentarians were doing everything possible to urge the federal government address the violence.

A protestor, Teyei Paul, said the Nigerian government has been largely silent on the unprovoked killings. Quoting Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s statement, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil,” Teyei said government silence is an indication of subtle support for the onslaught against Christians in Nigeria.

On the day of the protest, armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed five Christians in Tanabu village, Gashish District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, including a community leader and a leader of a Women’s Fellowship Group of a an area Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), sources said.

An area resident whose identity is withheld identified the victims of the ambush as Maiungwa Akare Mangam, Mashingil Mangam, Paul Akare, Elizabeth Ezekiel and Josephine Sunday, all of the COCIN congregation in Tababu Makoli Gashish, Barkin Ladi LGA. The source told Morning Star News they were killed on their way to a local market.

“The five Christians were ambushed and murdered on Monday, Aug. 31, at 6 a.m.,” he said. “They were shot with guns, and their heads were smashed and their faces destroyed. The victims were on their way to Mai-katako market for business.”

He added that it was the second attack in two days.

“Two days earlier, on Aug. 29, Jol village was attacked by the same Fulani herdsmen,” he said. “In this village, the Muslim Fulani gunmen killed many of the villagers and wounded dozens of others.”

He said Jol village has been attacked more than 30 times.

“Several Christian communities in Barkin Ladi and Riyom have completely been uprooted and displaced,” he added.

The Rev. Dachalom Datiri, president of the COCIN, confirmed the killings.

“We did receive report from our local church in that village on the killing of our members, and like we have always stressed, there is the need for the Nigerian government to take necessary steps to end these killings of Christians in the country,” Datiri told Morning Star News.

One of the Christians leading protestors alongside Archbishop Kwashi in Jos, Daniel Meshak, said Christians have largely deserted Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs, with survivors living in displaced persons camps. He said 50,000 Christians have been displaced from their homes.

Istifanus Pwajok, member of the Plateau House of Assembly, told Morning Star News at the protest that there were more than 22,000 displaced Christians in eight camps alone. Another protestor whose name is withheld told Morning Star News that on Aug. 29 he witnessed the killing of a Christian in Riyom.

Boko Haram also has continued to target Christians. Addressing journalists a week earlier, the Rev. Samuel Dali, president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, said the Islamic extremist group, which seeks to impose Islamic law (sharia) throughout the country, had destroyed denominational church buildings, hospitals and Bible schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

Dali said most Brethren pastors in the three states lost their lives or been displaced.

“Seventy percent of our churches have been destroyed in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states by Boko Haram, more than 8,000 of our members were killed and 176 of the girls kidnapped in Chibok are our members,” he said.

The Brethren church’s headquarters in Mubi, Adamawa state in northeast Nigeria have been moved to Jos following an attack on the church headquarters last year.

Nigeria’s State Security Service issued a statement from Abuja on Aug. 30 that it had arrested 20 Boko Haram members in different parts of the country, and that some of them were involved in carrying out bombings in Jos.

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Attack Church, Four Dead

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Among other forms of “retaliatory terrorism,” some 80 Christian churches were attacked in Egypt immediately after the June 30 Revolution, which saw the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood president Morsi.

And now that Egypt has sentenced to death hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters for the widespread terror they launched on the nation after the people’s revolution, the Brotherhood and its supporters are, once again, retaliating by attacking Coptic Christian minorities and their churches.

[On]Friday — the day when Muslims meet for prayers, the day when their imams incite attacks on churches and other forms of terrorism — in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, “Muslim protesters attacked a Coptic Orthodox Christian church on March 28. Four people were killed in the attack on the church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael. Among the dead are a 25-year-old journalist and a Coptic Christian worshipper. When Egyptian security forces intervened, violence spread throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Muslim radicals are frequently whipped up into frenzy by their religious leaders on Fridays when they gather for prayer.”

Among other things, the attackers set fire to parked cars and opened fire on the church itself.

According to eyewitnesses, Sameh Merry, a Coptic Christian woman, was “murdered by Muslim protesters when they noticed that she had a small cross dangling from the rear-view mirror of her car. Other witnesses claim that she was killed because she was in possession of a firearm. Coptic Orthodox Bishop Raphael expressed condolences over the deaths.”

It’s certainly plausible to believe this woman was specifically attacked because of her Christian cross.  Anecdotes of Christians being targeted and mistreated because of the cross are many and across the entire Islamic world (see pgs. 84-94 of Crucified Again).  Recent examples can be read here, here and here.

Raymond Ibrahim

VOP Note: The ministry of interior issued a statement saying four people were killed in clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces in Ain Shams in east Cairo on Friday.

Multiple reports can be found that Morsi supporters around the country took part in demonstrations by Islamists opposing the recent decision of former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to run in the upcoming presidential elections.  

The ministry of interior said it arrested more than 100 that day.

Ain Shams, a strong base for the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. In recent months it has witnessed intense confrontations between the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces.

A journalist from the independent Dostour newspaper, Mayada Ashraf, 22, was among the dead as she was shot covering the demonstrations in Ain Shams.

Also among the dead is a Coptic woman, Mary George, who was reportedly stabbed to death by pro-Morsi supporters in the same area.

It is disappointing that there is little being reported by the Western media, who once again remains silent. It should also be noted that little is said of the Christian factor relating to this story in a majority of reports that have been published.

Coptic Woman ‘Martyred for the Cross’ — ‘Body Torn’

Mary, the latest Christian martyr to be killed in Egypt

Mary, the latest Christian martyr to be killed in Egypt

Ibrahim also reports that

On his Twitter account, Coptic Bishop Raphaeil, who also serves as Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Christian Church, just wrote:

Oh how lucky you are, Mary, you who are beloved of Christ.  They tore your body because of the Cross.  Yet they offered you the greatest service and gave you a name of honor as one who attained the crown of martyrdom.

The bishop also quoted Christ in the Bible, “Yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service” (John 16:2).

In the above report there are conflicting difference on the reason Mary was murdered.

Ibrahim relays in his report,

It’s clear which version of events the Coptic bishop believes occurred — considering he asserts that she was martyred for the cross.

Incidentally, let us briefly contrast the Christian and Muslim notions of martyrdom.  Koran 9:111 declares:

Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah ? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.

Even the authoritative Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary translates shahid (Arabic for “martyr”) as “one killed in battle with infidels.”

On the other hand, Christian martyrdom has always meant being killed — as opposed to killing — on behalf of the Christian faith.

And this is precisely the definition that for centuries has applied to Egypt’s Copts, till the present moment. You can also read his report here

Open Season on Christians in Libya

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A few days after seven Copts were identified as Christians, pulled out of their homes by “unknown gunmen” and taken out and executed in Jarutha, some 20 miles west of Benghazi (see here for graphic pictures), Egyptian Copts are still being singled out and killed.

This comes after the Islamic jihadi group, Ansar al-Sharia—which appears connected to Egypt’s now ousted Muslim Brotherhood—offered a reward to any Benghazi resident who helps them round up and execute the nation’s few Christians, according to Egyptian human rights groups.

Yesterday another body was found, believed to be that of a Copt—due to the small cross tattooed on his wrist traditionally worn by Egyptian Christians, not least to identify themselves.

And the day before that, another Coptic Christian, Salama Fawzi, 24, was shot at, including in the head, while he was unloading food in front of his grocery stand in Benghazi by several “unknown gunmen”; he is currently in critical condition.

Under Col. Gaddafi, many Copts migrated to Libya looking for work opportunities.  However, since the dictator was ousted—and sodomized and murdered, to gleeful laughter by Hillary Clinton—Christians have been under attack there, from the arrest, torture, and killing of Christians accused of “proselytizing,” to the bombing and burning of churches in the north African nation, evincing the true nature of the U.S-supported “Arab Spring” takeover of Libya.

Raymond Ibrahim

Mainstream Media Mum on Atrocities Against Christians

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Can the press be complicit in crimes against humanity?  Or is it obstruction of justice?  How else to account for their failure to report the ongoing bloodshed and carnage inflicted upon Christians in the Middle East and North Africa?

Regardless of whether the mainstream media’s culpability is a sin of commission or omission – malevolence or malpractice – the result remains the same.  Christians are being massacred and the world is oblivious.

Earlier this month, a representative from the Vatican appeared on Capitol Hill before a House subcommittee to discuss the “flagrant and widespread persecution” of Christians in the Middle East. One of seven speakers, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, noting that this growing threat targets all those who practice Christianity, Arab or not, explained that Christian communities in Syria are being decimated and worshippers kidnapped, shot or beheaded if they refuse to convert to Islam.

Capture.-JPGAs January came to a close, a delegation of Christian leaders from Syria came to the United States to make their case about the plight of Christians in their country. Dr. Riad Jarjour, a Presbyterian clergyman, told a crowd at the Heritage Foundation, “If things continue the way [they are], there will come a time [when] there will be no more Christians in Syria.”

Echoing Dr. Jarjour’s fears was world-renowned authority on jihadist ideology and Islamic persecution of Christian minorities Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, Director of the London-based Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity.  Dr. Sookhdeo illustrated the point with an historical reference to the  1915 genocide of Christian minorities as their communities in Armenia and Syria were destroyed. At that time the West “stood by and watched.” As a witness to the current atrocities in Syria, Dr. Sookhdeo stood before the Heritage audience in supplication:  “We would plead for your media to break the silence.”

Ultimately the question is:  Why is the media silent about the horrors committed against Christians?

With all the turmoil engulfing the Middle East and surrounding areas, there is no shortage of reporters or news bureaus in that part of the world. Yet, the massacre of Christians doesn’t make the pages of the New York Times or warrant a spot on the NBC Nightly News.

On Tuesday, mainstream media outlets reported the massacre of 29 students in Nigeria by the Islamist group Boko Haram. However, these reports fail to mention this group’s history of attacking Christian churches and villages as well as their message of “convert or die” to Christian women.

Since August 2011, the not-for-profit international policy council and think tank Gatestone Institute has been providing a monthly report tracking the “persecution of Christians in the Islamic world.” They specifically state that one of their objectives for this ongoing series is “to document that which the mainstream media often seems to fail to report.”

It’s hard to argue that traditional news outlets are not consciously avoiding the story. In November, one of the world’s most media covered individuals, Pope Francis, addressed the atrocities being committed against Christians in the Middle East when he declared, after meeting patriarchs from Syria, Iraq and Iran, “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians.”

Strong words from the head of the Catholic Church.  But newsworthy?  Apparently not!

Do the mainstream media simply disdain Christians? I doubt it. Are they afraid of offending Islam? A safe bet. The fact is that nobody can truly tell what is in another’s heart. But what we do know about the current journalism profession is that the mainstream media outlets have a soft spot for the Obama administration. If President Barack Obama doesn’t acknowledge a situation as a crisis, then it isn’t one.

And that may be the underlying problem.

President Obama has avoided using his office to acknowledge the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa.

The family of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been held in Iran for over a year, was devastated to learn that the administration didn’t even attempt to secure his release when they entered into nuclear talks and eventual agreement this past November.

At the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, the president pontificated, “We believe that each of us is ‘wonderfully made’ in the image of God. We therefore believe in the inherent dignity of every human being — dignity that no earthly power can take away. And central to that dignity is freedom of religion…”

“Wonderful” words from the leader of the free world. Unfortunately Obama’s homiletics and Washington’s social events don’t have very much impact on beheadings in Syria and the burning of churches in Nigeria. A diligent press, on the other hand – a press that doesn’t cherry-pick the atrocities it chooses to report, a press that keeps governments accountable – can indeed save lives and safeguard the dignity consecrated by President Obama’s rhetoric.

Paul Miller is an op-ed contributor to the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. He serves as principal of Pauliegroup LLC, a Chicago-based new media and political consulting firm. Follow Paul on Twitter @Pauliespoint.

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Egypt: Christian Syrian Family Slaughtered

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A Christian Syrian family living in Alexandria, Egypt, was barbarically stabbed to death Monday in their home in the al-Ibrahimya neighborhood, Arabic media are reporting.

The family consisted of a father, 44, his wife, 35, their 6-year-old son, Michael, and the wife’s brother [other reports claim the wife’s sister].

After the murders, the house, where the family had been living for years, was set on fire by the murderers before being put out by authorities.

All four bodies were found bearing several stab wounds and other signs of extreme violence.

The wife and child had their throats slit, while the father appeared to have been stabbed to death.

Motive is currently unknown; the home was not robbed.

According to some preliminary reports, they were killed because they were supporters of the Bashar Assad government in Syria.

Islamists all around the Middle East and especially in Egypt strongly oppose and are supporting a jihad against the moderate Assad government in an attempt to oust it and set up a Sharia state in Syria.

Most religious minorities, including Christians, are supportive of the secular Assad regime, having seen the great violence done against fellow Christians by the Islamic rebels who deem them “infidels.”

RaymondIbrahim.com

‘Martyr killings’ of Christians on the rise across the world

According to The Pew Research Center, nearly 75 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions. But what is Christian persecution?

The United States-based group considers persecution of Christians any denying protection of religious freedom, preventing someone from converting to Christianity because of legal or social threats, physically attacking or killing because of the victim’s faith, forcing one to leave a job or home under threat of violence because of the victim’s faith, or imprisonment, interrogation or torture for refusing to deny one’s faith.

“Overwhelmingly, the main engine driving persecution of Christians in 36 of the top 50 countries is Islamic extremism, with the most violent region being the states of the African Sahel belt where a fifth of the world’s Christians meet one-seventh of the world’s Muslims in perilous proximity,” the Open Doors report stated.

Gwoza Christians Publish Open Letter Demanding Answers And Reveal Horrors Committed Against Them

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Gwoza Christians in Northern Nigeria published an open letter in three Nigerian national newspapers demanding answers for severe crimes committed against them.  They also hope to inform the global community and world leaders, praying they will come to their aid as many suffer.

JTF(Joint Task Force): WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIAN MEN ABDUCTED  IN BARAWA,  GWOZA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BORNO STATE?

The Gwoza Christian Community Association (GCCA) wishes to draw the attention of Security Agencies, Civil Liberties Organization, Human Right Organizations, World Council of Churches (WCC), Human Rights Watch, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), National Assembly, other Religious Organizations and the entire Nigerian public at large to the disappearance of the following Christian men abducted at Barawa Village in Gwoza local Government Area of Borno State. The said men were last seen on 30th July 2013 about five months ago. They include:

1. Mr. Bukar Musa Barawa (Former elected Vice-chairman, Gwoza Local Govt)
3. Mr. Samaila Ayuba Tangwaya –Business man/Farmer
2. Mr. Samaila Dama Ayuba – An active youth leader
4. Mr. Mathias Ibrahim – A primary school teacher
5. Obadiah Wasuwe – A trader in Maiduguri

The first four on the list were abducted at Barawa by 10 young men posing as Civilian JTF whom we later discovered were sponsored by some politicians and traditional leaders purely on religious revenge missions against the Christian community in the area. The fifth was abducted in his shop at Wulari, Maiduguri. Our investigation has revealed that the above named persons have been arrested by the group while other Christian men and a woman who escaped their grasp have had their houses destroyed as the insurgent activities re-surfaced.

The so-called civilian JTF that carried out the said “arrest” include:
(1)  Kalakwa Gwasa (2) Hamza Mamuda  (3) Boss Mamuda Mbasuwe (4) Audu Gujengo (5) Usman Buba Gadaya (6)  Hamman Tada Mbira (7) Arushe Ibrahim Ngwalighe (8) Manu Usman Drawa (9) Dauda Spa and (10) Hamidu Ibrahim Dugje.

The Borno state house of assembly member representing Gwoza was mandated by HE the Deputy Governor of Borno state to select suitable men to serve as civilian JTF for the area but, used that opportunity to recruit the above criminally oriented youths from the village of Barawa and environs. The 10 young men are members of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, who ran away to Maiduguri in April and May 2013 when the military JTF entered Barawa to confront the insurgents operating in the area. They disguised as members of the genuine Civilian JTF for the purposes of picking up Christian men who either volunteered to serve as guides to the JTF or are prominent in the society for elimination.

After ‘arresting’ 3 of the above persons, the former vice-Chairman, Mr. Bukar Musa Barawa went to the military JTF at Chinene to explain to the army that the arrested men were not Boko Haram suspects but Christians; the fake Civilian JTF went ahead to arrest him for defending the innocent right in the JTF camp.

When the news filtered in that the former Vice- Chairman was also arrested, over 300 members of the Woman Fellowship drawn from different churches in their uniform organized a peaceful march to protest the arrests of the above with songs of  ‘Jesus is my light and salvation’ and walked for 2 kilometer, till they reached the army JTF post at Chinene where the badly beaten Christian men were being detained.
It must be noted that when the unarmed protesting women approached the military post, one soldier cocked his gun threatening to shoot any woman that ventured. That action provoked one Mrs. Rahila Jacob Kwiza whose pastor-husband and her brother-in law were killed by the insurgents a few days earlier, went and grabbed the soldier by his collars and dared him to shoot her since she has nothing to loose. It took the intervention of other soldiers for the aggrieved widow to let go and the women were persuaded to go home with a promise of releasing the arrested Christians shortly. That did not happen till date.

They were instead transferred to Maiduguri by the JTF in the name of keeping them safe for security reasons and have not been seen since then. Several visits to the JTF commander by the Borno State and Gwoza Local Government CAN leaders have not yielded any result as non among them has either seen them nor knew their where about; but they were told by Sagir Musa (the JTF spokesmen) that ‘politics has taken them away’. Whatever, that means.

We can still recall the agony we went through when the same set of so-called Civilian JTF went and arrested four of our prominent Christians in Adamawa State on 17th September 2013 labeling them as Boko Haram, until we stood our ground through the leadership of CAN Adamawa State and some good individuals before the Adamawa JTF released them on 19th September 2013. The same group of people went to Ngoshe village in Gwoza local government and arrested 7 faithful Christians Brothers on 4th November, 2013 naming them as Boko Haram, after tireless effort from different organs of Christian bodies they were finally released on 14th November 2013 after being tortured.

We also have facts to present about the murder of a vibrant dedicated Christian youth called Ali Ishaku who was killed by the same imitators of Civilian JTF on 30th August 2013, it was also alleged that he too was a member of Boko Haram, after painstaking effort to locate his remains by friends and relations, his remains was found in the mortuary amidst Boko Haram corpses, when the Army discovered that he was a Christian through church Baptismal ID card found in his pocket before the body was released for burial. He was buried according to Christian injunctions at COCIN church Kirkasama, Maiduguri.

As we write this, we want the general public to know that the so-called Civilian JTF are not only harmful to Christian community in Gwoza, but to the nation at large. For instance, on 2nd December 2013, a so called Civilian JFT went and killed Yohanna Salihu (FAAN Staff) they met him in FAAN Quarters at Maiduguri, murdered him, burnt his remains and tossed him away as Boko Haram. It took vigorous assessment to obtain the release of his remains for burial. Finally, his family members took the matter to the Police commissioner in Maiduguri. It was then discovered that the young man was completely innocent and dedicated Christian.

Later, the ECWA church was allowed to take the remains to his home village in a coffin bought by Nigerian Air force in Maiduguri. When his remains reached the church premises in Maiduguri from the mortuary, his local pastor who was to conduct the internment prayers, fainted and was rushed to hospital because of the level of torture and burns on the body.

In spite of all those happenings, the security could not bring these mischievous atrocities to book.    However, more attacks on Christian communities are being recorded. When this incidences started against Christians in Gwoza we published an open letter to HE The President Federal Republic of Nigeria on advertorial page (52)  in The Nation Newspaper on 13th May 2013.

We wrote another letter to HE President Good Luck Jonathan on the illegal arrest of these five Christian men, dated 6th August 2013. A copy was also sent to the Presidential Committee on Boko Haram Amnesty and to the CAN president of Nigeria, but we are yet to get positive responds.

Another letter was written to His Excellency Governor Kashim Shettima on 9th August 2013 signed by CAN coordinator in Gwoza Local Government through the State CAN chairman, on behalf of the Christian community in Gwoza to look into the illegal detention of these men. Copy of the letter was also sent to the Borno state Police Commissioner, Director SSS, JTF Commander, Gwoza local council and the Police DPO Gwoza, but to date none among the said agencies responded to our letter.

The GCCA wishes to stress that certain individuals against the Christian Community in particular sponsor the insurgency in Gwoza. We had stated this earlier in our publication of 11th November, 2013, page 25 of the Daily Trust Newspapers. We reiterate here that the plan to annihilate the Christians has been hatched over the years and has the active support of the so-called political and traditional leaders both within and outside the state.

Now, the GCCA wants to know the whereabouts of their Christian brethren who were wrongfully abducted by identified Boko Haram members disguising as Civilian JTF and handed over to the Military JTF for custody. How can politics take someone away? How can a trained army officer posted to contain insurgency in Borno State make such unguarded statement to Christians over the lives of innocent citizens whom he knows are not Boko-Haram. With such attitude, one will guess why the insurgent activities are still on the increase.

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled to such as: the right to life, liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equal treatment before the law, among others. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is generally agreed to be the foundation of international human rights law. Adopted in 1948, the UDHR has inspired a rich body of legally binding international human rights treaties. It continues to be an inspiration to us all whether in addressing injustices, in times of conflicts, in societies suffering repression, and in our efforts towards achieving universal enjoyment of human rights.

It represents the universal recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings, inalienable and equally applicable to everyone, and that every one of us is born free and equal in dignity and rights. Whatever our nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status, the international community on December 10 1948 made a commitment to upholding dignity and justice for all of us. Therefore we ask, where are our brothers are being kept? We want to know.
Thank you.

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Elder, Ayuba J. Bassa

Gwoza Christian Community Association (GCCA)

(Motto: Building One Another in Christ)

Web site Address: http://www.gwozacca.org

Email Address: gwozacca@gmail.com

Phone Number: +234 7081962004

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