Several Christian denominations and organizations are calling for help in the face of the thousands of executions of their followers by the violent armed group Boko Haram in Nigeria and are demanding that the media remain silent about the massacre.
“We risk extermination. Our people are suffering so much. Please help us not be silent in the face of this immense extermination that is taking place in silence,” urged Father Joseph Bature Fidelis of the Maiduguri Diocese, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, according to the Irish alternative media group Gript.
For Christmas, the violent armed group released a video in which they beheaded 11 Christians; a day later a Catholic bride and her five bridesmaids were also beheaded.
In the following days, four more Christians were beheaded.
During 2019 most of the 4,300 Christians killed for their faith were Nigerians.
“An ongoing Islamic extremist project to exterminate Christians in sub-Saharan Africa is even more brutal and more consequential for the Church than it is in the Middle East,” denounced Nina Shea, an expert on religious freedom.
This genocide has been little publicized by mainstream media, as noted by French philosopher Bernard Henri Lévy.
“A slow-motion war is underway in Africa’s most populous country. It is a massacre of Christians, massive in scale and horrific in brutality, and the world has hardly noticed,” declared Lévy.
To illustrate the risk of extinction faced by Christians in other countries such as Iraq due to massacres by armed Muslim groups, the founder of Nasarean.org, which helps Christians in the Middle East, Benedict Kiely, referred to an international body.
“The Christian population of Iraq has been reduced by 83 percent, which places it in the category of ‘critically endangered’,” citing the categories established by the International Union for Conservation of Nature to define the risk of extinction of species today.
In addition to the ongoing killings, the Islamic group Boko Haram has instilled such profound terror in Christian parishioners that they have been driven to leave the churches they usually attended to profess their faith.
With regard to religious persecutions, the Executive Committee of the United States Congress (ECCC) stressed that the situation has also been made worse by the Chinese Communist regime.
It detailed the Chinese regime’s repression of religious groups, including Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, minorities, and labor activists.
The CECC quoted Minghui.org, the website dedicated to reporting on Falun Gong, as saying that at least 69 of its practitioners died as a result of persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Also, at least 931 Falun Gong practitioners were illegally sentenced to prison in 2018, and that a large group of them had their vital organs removed, while still alive, in order to market them.
The conflict in Nigeria has caused some 36,000 deaths and the displacement of 2 million people over the 10 years, according to United Nations data.
Boko Haram the largest Islamic group in Nigeria, is committed to spreading the teachings of its prophet and jihad—spreading the word of Islam with a single language.