Source: OCP News Service
May 18, 2021
Christians in Africa face severe persecution from various radical Islamic terrorist groups. One of the world’s most destructive and dangerous terrorist groups ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) might be defeated in the Middle East. However, their affiliates are growing in various African countries, especially in the West African region. Countries like Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Uganda, Congo, Somalia, and others. Countless Christian have been murdered and several places of worship have been destroyed in Nigeria over the past three years by Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen. Over 15000 Christians have been massacred and over 2000 churches and worship centres have been destroyed in Nigeria since 2015 even though the exact number is considerably higher.
The Islamic State and their affiliates are reorganising and regrouping in several parts of the African continent which pits over 685 million African Christians at risk. WSJ reports that ISIS Central African affiliates have launched massive attacks in Congo and Mozambique. In Burkina Faso over a million Christians have been displaced due to the activities of the radical Islamic groups. Ethiopia, one of the key countries in the Horn of Africa has been experiencing radical Islamic insurgency in the form of Oromo radicalism. Ethiopia has additionally become a hotbed for ethnic conflict. Over the last two years, over 30 Orthodox Churches and institutions have been either destroyed or damaged and thousands of Christians were displaced. The ongoing Tigray war has added fuel to the fire. The Egyptian Sinai retains a continued presence of the Islamic State. The Coptic Christians of Egypt has been victims to the large level of atrocities committed by such radical organizations.
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