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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nigeria is the Most Dangerous Country for Christians

The most dangerous country for a Christian to live during 2012 was, arguably, Nigeria. That's what research for the 2013 edition of the World Watch List shows up: it's produced by the global Christian organisation Open Doors, whose researchers monitor the persecution of Christians worldwide. 

"Between November 2011 and October 2012, we recorded 1,201 killings of Christians worldwide (which gives an average of 100 killings a month!), of which 791 happened in Nigeria", reports the World Watch List. Most of these were in church attacks - from the capital Abuja, across mid to northern Nigeria in cities such as Jos and Kaduna, and through to Sharia-law Northern states such as Borno, Bauchi, and Yobe. 

Boko Haram, which has caused havoc in Africa's most populous country through a wave of violence, is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. A former Defence Minister Theophilous Danjuma on Sunday 3rd March described the north of Nigeria as being in the middle of a civil war declared by the religious sect.

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