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Boko Haram

Boko Haram and Nigeria's Christians

Jun. 4, 2013

by Joel Elowsky

We also were informed recently of violence against Christians in Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram where it is reported that last month alone 185 people were killed by the radical Muslim sect. Most recently (May 20th), according to the Christian Persecution Magazine Pentecostal Pastor Faye Pama Mysa, who was the secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, was shot to death in his home by two armed gunman. In presentation for our Center we often speak of martyrs such as Perpetua and Felicitas, or the earlier martyrs of Scilli, but there are of course still people being killed for their faith, especially in Africa today. The early African Christians knew they might be called to die for the faith they held dear, and it is no less true for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. We should hasten to add that these are very localized incidents and most of our friends, at least in the South, have assured us that they have not been targeted because of their faith. Our friends in Jost at the seminary there, however, did lose one of their students to such violence. There are no doubt other instances as well. We continue to remember these brothers and sisters in Christ as well.