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Voices in the Shadow: Unveiling the Crisis of Persecuted Christians in Northern Nigeria

In the northern regions of Nigeria, an intensification of violence has thrust civilian populations, notably Christian groups, into the forefront of attacks by militants. The past year has seen over 6,000 individuals fall victim to such aggressions, bringing to light the international community’s failure to recognize and act upon the challenges faced by these marginalized and often overlooked communities.

Baroness Cox of the UK’s House of Lords has stepped forward as a champion for the rights of persecuted Christians in these areas, calling for urgent recognition of their persecution by the UK government. Her insights follow a comprehensive visit to the affected regions, where she engaged with local Christian leaders and survivors of assaults by Fulani militants.

A deeply moving account emerged from Jos, shared by Deaconess Susan Essam, who relayed the sorrowful story of Sarah, a woman who witnessed the brutal murder of her family by militants and was left alive as a cruel testament to their violence.

The Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi, disclosed that in just the initial six months of the year, around 6,000 Christians were killed, with numbers still climbing. A particularly distressing incident involved an assault on St Timothy Church by over 200 militants in black attire, claiming 19 lives.

Archbishop Kwashi has urgently appealed to the government for intervention, highlighting the precarious situation Christian communities face even within their own homes.

The ongoing conflict, historically framed as a dispute between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers over land, has taken a more sinister turn according to Baroness Cox. She points out that Fulani militants now perpetrate targeted violence, capturing lands from Christian residents.

The depiction of these episodes by the UK government and mainstream media as mere ethnic or land disputes fails to convey the asymmetrical nature of the attacks and the advanced armament of the militants, largely impacting Christian groups.

Baroness Cox is preparing to address the House of Lords to underscore the gravity of the crisis and the urgent need to reassess the perception and response to these events by both national and international entities. Her forthcoming statement calls for a pressing and comprehensive approach to halt further tragedies and protect the rights and safety of the Christian communities in Nigeria’s north.

By Max Gibson

Max Gibson, also known as Mosheh, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and has competed on his college's crew, cross country and track and field teams. Max co-founded the College Republicans and has run successful businesses, including Apex Web Services, which serves as CTO for non-profits Farrukh Saif Foundation and 'Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved.' He has been in a leadership position in the non-profit sector since 2011. In addition to his business pursuits, Max is a combat veteran of three major wars and is known for his generosity and strong belief in God.
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