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Suicide bomber kills six in Nigerian market

 

Kano – A suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday in a crowded market in northern Nigeria, killing six people, security sources said, blaming the attack on the Boko Haram jihadist group, according to News24.

The bomber, who passed himself off as a grain merchant, staged the attack in Amarwa village, about 20km from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the capital of Borno State.

The attack came days after a failed Boko Haram attack on Christmas Day in Maiduguri.

According to the report, at least six persons were reportedly killed on Christmas day after unknown gunmen invaded Utonkon village in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State.

The attackers also seriously wounded several other persons while many were declared missing.
However, the state police command said two people died in the attack.

Eyewitnesses said the four-man gang stormed the community on motorbikes while some of the locals were busy sharing meat they had bought for the Christmas celebration.

An eyewitness said: “I had gone to the village to visit a friend at about 2p.m. when suddenly, we saw about four men on motorbikes, armed with pump action riffles shooting sporadically at the people who were busy sharing the meat they bought for the Christmas festivity.

“People were scampering for safety, women and children were crying and running into nearby bushes to take cover. About six persons were not so lucky as they were gunned down in cold blood.

on Thursday, UNICEF warned of an alarming surge in the number of children being used in conflict zones around the world as parties to conflicts ignore international laws designed to protect the most vulnerable.

The UN body said in a statement that in northern Nigeria and Cameroon, Boko Haram had forced at least 135 children to act as suicide bombers in 2017, almost five times the number in 2016.

PRAISE REPORT: One of the Chibok school girls has been found! 218 still missing

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(Voice of the Persecuted) It’s been over two years since 276 majority Christian girls were taken from their school in Chibok, Borno State by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. 56 girls had managed to escape, but 219 remained in captivity. The militant group has been terrorizing Nigeria and targeting Christians in their campaign for an all Islamic Nigeria for the past for 7 years. They are currently ranked as the deadliest terrorist group in the world. According to the latest reports, one of the Chibok school girls has been found alone by members of a local vigilante group known as Civilian JTF(Joint Task Force). Apparently she was recognized by a civilian fighter. Since the Boko Haram uprising, local authorities have encouraged these civilian groups to be alert and to protect their villages, as the military did not have the ability to police their areas and often could not reach their villages during attacks.

A Chibok community leader has confirmed that the girl was rescued in the Sambisa Forest, near the border with Cameroon on Tuesday, May 18. The rescued girl, Amina Ali Nkek is from Mbalala village, which is south of Chibok. She was taken by the locals to a military base nearby. She will be protected by military personnel until further investigations are completed.

Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian human rights lawyer who has been involved in the campaign to find the schoolgirls, also confirmed that Nkek had been found. He told VICE News she is believed to have been carrying a child.

As the global community stood behind France after the Charlie Hebdo jihadists attacks on January 7, 2015, world leaders expressed great sorrow and attended a march with an estimated 3.7 million people in a show of unity and solidarity following the terrorist attacks that claimed 17 lives.  During the same week n Nigeria, experienced an attack by Boko Haram militants took place on the town of Baga in Borno state. There were 2,000 casualties. Amnesty International described it as the terror group’s “deadliest massacre” to date. It was so horrific, local defense groups said they had to give up counting the bodies left lying on the streets.

Why isn’t the same level of outrage as in the Frace attack not given to the greater numbers of attack victims in Nigeria? We have confirmed from our sources on the ground that attacks continue nearly every other day on villages surrounding the Sambisa Forest—Boko Harams main hideout. Where’s the media coverage or global solidarity and concern? Where is the church?

The abduction of the mostly Christian Chibok schoolgirls garnered international attention in April 2014. The global campaign, #BringBackOurGirls was shared millions of times on social media. Sadly, it was only for a short while short attention spans focused on the latest headlines. For the most part, the girls were forgotten. I’ve heard someone sharing that all the girls were rescued. The media silence caused them to believe the crisis was over…..

We are so grateful the Chibok story received coverage, but many are completely unaware that for the past 7 years, thousands of North Nigerian women and children have been abducted and experienced the same as the Chibok girls. Victims who were fortunate to escape their captors have shared detailed accounts of the systematic rape, forced marriages, forced conversions, and slavery that women and girls are subjected to while being held. They are also used to aid the militants during attacks/raids on villages and used as decoys to draw out soldiers. The horrors of slaughter and beheading that they’ve witnessed is blood curdling. It’s also great concern that the young girls they have used as suicide bombers could be those who’ve been abducted. Please pray for those still in captivity and those recovering from the nightmare.

The great numbers of internal refugees (IDP’s internally displaced) is mind-boggling to say the least. Many have languished in camps for years. Little ones born in camps call it home having no knowledge of any other way of life. The children have not been able to attend school. The great needs of the masses take funding away for educating these little ones. It breaks my heart when we hear the stories of boys and girls dreaming of going back to their studies. Some have not been in a classroom for years.

Voice of the Persecuted is helping to care for Nigerian Christians suffering in IDP camps. There’s a great need for food, medicine and clean water. With your help, we have been able to build a contained fresh water well, supply bedding/mattresses, food and clothing and to provide medical care and prescriptions in a safe place. In the area we are working, nearly 10,000 Christians are in great need of our help. It is easy to believe others are standing in the gap to support them, but this is not the case. Too many of these dear ones go without the basics to survive. Funds available to care for them this month is short. If you have considered doing more for your brothers and sisters persecuted for Christ, now would be a great way to go on the mission with us through your gifts. No amount is too small to make a difference. Will you show them compassion this month?

We humbly ask and need your support to help alleviate their suffering. We pray God can use each one of us to do our part for His love to shine on these persecuted brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Any amount is greatly appreciated. If your church is being led to do more for our persecuted family, please contact us. We would be happy to send detailed updates of this relief project. Is God calling you to be a part of this important mission?

We are committed to being a VOICE for persecuted Nigerian Christians and bring them comfort, relief, and encouragement. We have committed to a long-term mission in Nigeria. When they are able to return home, we will be there to encourage and help rebuild villages and their lives. They will not be forgotten!

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on orphan-306x4601them. They have been so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through prayer and your support.

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

If the Lord is placing it on your heart and you are able, please help us to continue the mission in Nigeria. It will be a long term project. Donations always desperately needed

 

 

Boko Haram Named World’s Most Deadliest Terror Organization

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Nigeria: (Voice of the Persecuted) For the past year, the world’s focus has been on the terror group ISIS, but many have overlooked the 6 year Nigerian nightmare called Boko Haram. For years, Voice of the Persecuted has warned about the insatiable bloodlust of this notorious Islamic group and compared their deadly campaign equal to, if not worse than, the Islamic State’s (ISIS). But news coming out of Nigeria garners little interest, even our own Nigerian reports barely get a glance. This has led our team to often call persecuted North Nigerian Christiansthe invisibles. It isn’t hard to see why God has called our hearts and hands for our Nigerian brothers and sisters. The lack of interest has caused greater hardship and suffering for Christians in the north of the country.

Attacks and military clashes have forced a staggering number of North Nigerians from their homes. 2.2 million people have been labeled as IDP’s, internally displaced people. The UNHCR is reporting 175,000 more have sought safety in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Thousands of people, including children have been abducted, especially girls. Some of those kidnapped have escaped or been released and tell a horrifying story, which can be called nothing less than evil. Many have only heard of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in April 2014 who are still missing. Since taking office in May 2015, President Buhari and his new government promised to eliminate the militant threat and have stepped up counter-insurgency efforts, but the humanitarian crisis shows no sign of declining.

Nigeria is divided in two parts: the predominantly Christian South and the Muslim North. Most incidents recorded are in the northern part of the country. The Boko Haram goal is to Islamize society and force strict Sharia, Islamic law on the population.

Though the government and coalition forces have sought to destroy Boko Haram, the militants continue attacks through suicide bombers, often using young girls. Some of the girls have been reported to be as young as 10 years old. We’ve learned many girls have been given by their militant fathers to carry out these missions. These girls get only one choice, become a suicide bomber or be killed. One girl described watching another girl buried half underground then stoned to death for refusing to take part in the deadly missions. 1,000 people have been killed, mostly in suicide bombings, since Buhari took office. For years Nigeria has been asking the U.S. to help defend against the terror group, but it wasn’t until President Buhari took office that the Obama Administration offered to do more. 300 U.S. troops have now been sent to Cameroon where they will help train military personnel and operate drones.

The Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, J. Peter Pham warned, “The literally fatal conceit of all too many policymakers and analysts with respect to Boko Haram is to constantly underestimate it,” and “This despite the fact that the group has repeatedly proven itself to be one of the most resilient of its kind and has constantly shifted not only in terms of tactics and operations but also strategy and, indeed, ideology.”

According to The Institute for Economics and Peace latest report, Boko Haram is responsible for more deaths than other militant group in the world.

Terrorism spread significantly in the past year, with attacks and fatalities in more countries than ever. While many countries experience no terrorist activity, the number of countries to experience at least one or more deaths from terrorist activity has increased from 59 in 2013 to 67 in 2014. This includes OECD countries such as Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada and France.

Despite this, just five countries – Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria– account for 78% of all deaths in 2014. Importantly, over 60% of the countries ranked by the Index experienced no deaths from terrorism, and 13 times as many people are killed globally by homicides than die in terrorist attacks.

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Terrorist activity is a significant driver of forced migration. Ten of the 11 countries most affected by terrorism also have the highest rates of refugees and internal displacement. This highlights the strong connection between the current refugee crisis, terrorism and conflict.

On Wednesday, a suicide bomber exploded at a busy marketplace in Yola where many of the IDP’s have sought refuge. At least 34 people were killed and 80 injured.

On the same day, two suicide bombers killed at least 15 people in the city of Kano and 53 wounded.

Since their insurgency, Boko Haram has killed 20,000 and forced millions to flee their homes. The U.N. Children’s Fund says 10.5 million children are out of school in Nigeria, the highest number in the world.— Only half the children among the millions of refugees from the uprising are going to school in camps. Boko Haram which means, “Western education is forbidden” has committed many atrocities at schools that have closed, been burned down or been abandoned in northeastern Borno state.

The Nigeria crisis is overwhelming. The effects of persecution doesn’t end with the attack, it’s only the beginning. North Nigerian Christians have suffered for years at the hands of these persecutors. Many have become orphans and widows. They are weary, grieving, some mentally broken with many feeling forgotten by the international community. They’re barely surviving with little food, shelter, medical supplies or treatment. Deplorable conditions and lack of hygiene in refugee camps make them susceptible to illness and disease. A large number are fearful in ‘designated camps’, further persecuted and pressured to convert to Islam. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable. Thousands find themselves fleeing what they thought would be a safe place of refuge. Many claim they’d rather live in the bush then in these camps. They are grateful when able to find places of safety among other Christians.

Voice of the Persecuted – Project 13:3 Nigeria

orphan-306x4601In the camp we are aiding, the people are  struggling. Many in the camp had resided in one of the hardest hit areas by the Boko Haram. Their villages are either burned to the ground, or not safe and they cannot go back home.  Many are so thin, hungry, sick or at risk of becoming ill, and newborns who’ve not yet been seen by a doctor. There is an urgent need for food, medication, clothing, and beddings.”

We are praying with your help to continue to get the needed medical and nutritional needs to these families. There is no other choice but for them to live under the extremely harsh conditions of the camp. It has also been determined to prevent further cases of disease, such as Typhoid, a clean water well must be constructed. We have agreed to be a part of this much needed project and plans have already begun.

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on them. They have been so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through your support and they keep you in their prayers.

We cannot forget or give up on them. These dear ones are in dire need of our compassion and support. Is God calling you to be His vessel in Nigeria? Is the Lord is burdening your heart for them? To shine God’s love and comfort over these families, our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus?

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

Boko Haram uses Young Girls as Suicide Bombers in Terror Campaign

 

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Photo: Voice of the Persecuted™

(Voice of the Persecuted)  Northeast Nigeria is suffering from a series of suspected Boko Haram attacks. The increase of female suicide bombers has brought fears that Boko Haram is forcibly using captives in its terror campaign. The group has abducted many girls and women, including the well known kidnapping of over 200 school girls from Chibok. Most of the girls are still missing.

In the center of the region scarred by the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigeria’s military is now moving it’s headquarters to Borno state’s capital, Maiduguri. During his presidential campaign, newly elected President Buhari swore to eliminate the Boko Haram, but the Boko Haram have stepped up their brutal attacks. Since becoming president in the late May, over 200 people have lost their lives to the jihadist militants. Many feel recaptured areas are still under great threat, with the displaced considering return to their own villages dangerous.

On June 22Maiduguri was devastated when a teenage girl strapped with explosives detonated herself at a bus station killing 30 and injured many. Shortly after the blast, another young female was seen running away from the crowd and detonated at a far distance from others. Concerns have been raised that these girls may have been Boko Haram captives used as suicide bombers.

In separate attacks on Monday and Tuesday, Boko Haram militants sped into Biu and Hawul villages in a convoy of pick ups and motorbikes with guns blazing. At least 42 villagers were shot as they tried to run from the gunmen, others had their throats slit. The militants took property of value, then set homes and businesses ablaze. Both villages were completely burned to the ground.

Yobe state has also come under repeated attacks. On Tuesday, in a village of Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, a girl between the age of 10-12 yrs. blew herself up in a market, which killed 10 and injured at least 30.

The Islamic group also hit southern Niger on Tuesday, riding in on horses and motorbikes. Five residents of Yebi village were killed in the surprise attack. The village was then burned by the militants.

The U.S. government said those responsible for the deaths must be held accountable.

“We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims of recent attacks in Borno State, attacks that resulted in more than 40 deaths. We condemn in the strongest terms the continued and widespread violence inflicted by Boko Haram on innocent men, women, and children in Nigeria. Those responsible must be held accountable.”

“These latest attacks serve as a reminder that despite progress on the battlefield, Boko Haram remains capable of deadly and destabilizing acts of terrorism. We commend the efforts by the Nigerian military, as well as the militaries of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon for the gains they have made fighting Boko Haram. We encourage the government of Nigeria to take steps to secure and govern liberated areas by filling in behind military successes with police and civilian administration.”

“The United States stands with Nigeria in the face of this threat. We will continue to take steps to increase our support for their efforts,” said Department of State Spokesperson, John Kirby.

The Bishop of Maiduguri is hopeful the jihadists can be stopped.

“We have concrete hope that Boko Haram will be defeated soon. We are praying that Boko Haram will soon become a thing that belongs to the past”, says to Agenzia Fides His Exc. Mgr. Oliver Dashe Doeme, Bishop of Maiduguri, capital of the Nigerian State of Borno, where on June 22 two girls had carried out two attacks, killing 32 people. New attacks were committed in other areas of Borno State, always by suicide bombers.

According to Mgr. Doeme these attacks, although painful for the high number of victims, “are intended to show that the group is still alive and able to strike after the latest military offensives. We know, however, that Boko Haram has suffered significant losses and lost control of different territories. The defeat of Boko Haram fighters will not happen in one day. It will be necessary to dislodge them from their strongholds, especially in the forest, then proceed towards their complete disarmament”. “We hope that this will happen in the near future. We continue to pray for this to happen”, concludes the Bishop. (Fides)

Please pray for peace in Nigeria.

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Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

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