A Christian woman and her two children were kidnapped earlier this week by Muslim terrorists in a village raid. After taking them captives, the terrorists shot all three of them to death in captivity according to a recent report:
A Christian woman and her two children were killed in north-central Nigeria last week, three days after a kidnapped priest was slain by his abductors in the southwestern part of the country, sources said.
Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday (Oct. 24) ambushed and shot to death Rebecca Daniel Choji, her 16-year-old daughter Suzanna Daniel Choji, and her 29-year-old son Joel Choji, in Jol village, Riyom Local Government Area (LGA) in Plateau state, as the family members were on their way to a health facility in Vwak village, sources said.
Suzanna and Joel Choji died immediately, while their mother succumbed to her gunshot wounds two days later at Plateau State Specialist Hospital in Jos, sources said.
Members of the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) in Jol village, the three victims were being driven to a hospital by a relative, Dachung Yakubu, as Choji’s two children were ill. The herdsmen attacked at about 7 p.m. and also wounded Yakubu, who at this writing was in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit at Plateau State Specialist Hospital, sources said.
The attack was the latest by herdsmen on Christian communities in Plateau state’s Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos, and Bassa LGAs.
“We have been under attack constantly from these Fulani herdsmen because we are Christians,” Gyang Dahoro, 55, an area COCIN congregation elder, told Morning Star News by text message. “Our villages have been ravaged, and our houses and churches destroyed, and in most cases these herdsmen have taken over the villages where Christians have been displaced.”
He added that the woman and her two children were some of the “Christians killed in recent times as the herdsmen in collaboration with Boko Haram continue to invade our communities.”
The attack came a week after similar assaults were carried out in villages around Miango town, in Bassa LGA.
“We are saddened by yet another attack on our defenseless members in Jol who were on their way to visit a health care center,” Dachalom Datiri, COCIN president, told Morning Star News by phone. “All we can do is to keep praying for an end to these attacks and hope that Nigerian government can halt these senseless killings.”
Emmanuel Jugul, chairman of the Riyom Government Council Management Committee, confirmed the killing of the Christian woman and her two children and the wounding of the fourth relative, as did Tyopev Terna, police spokesman for the Plateau State Command.
A Muslim man admitted to murdering his own sister after she married a Christian man to defend his ‘honor’ before his Muslim neighbors. When asked about it later, their father blamed his daughter marrying a Christian for ‘destroying his family’ and not his son’s actions according to a recent report:
A Pakistani man has admitted murdering his sister in an ‘honour killing’ because she married a Christian man.
Mubeen Rajhu, 24, from Lahore, shot Tasleem, 18, in the head at home in August after he discovered his Muslim sister had defied the family and married a Christian.
He had been taunted by co-workers who had seen Tasleem in their neighbourhood with the man.
Rajhu, who is from a poor neighbourhood on the northern edge of Lahore, is being held by police. He said he had demanded that his sister swear on the Quran that she would never marry the man. He said: ‘I told her I would have no face to show at the mill, to show to my neighbors, so don’t do it. Don’t do it. But she wouldn’t listen.
‘I could not let it go. It was all I could think about. I had to kill her. There was no choice. There was no yelling, no shouting. I just shot her dead.’
Ali Raza, a co-worker at the mill, said the taunting of Rajhu about his sister had gone on for months.
He said: ‘He used to tell us, “If you don’t stop, I will kill myself. Stop!” The guys here told him, “It would be better to kill your sister”.’
Raza said Rajhu told them he had bought a pistol and one day in August stopped coming to work.
Tasleem, 18, was shot in the head at home by her brother Mubeen on August 14
However, Tasleem’s father Mohammed Naseer Rajhu puts the blame on his daughter.
He said: ‘My family is destroyed. Everything is destroyed only because of this shameful girl. Even after death I am destroyed because of her.’ (source)
Tajamal Amar is a Pakistani Christian who fled to the UK to escape persecution in his native land. However, he was recently attacked by two random Muslim men as he was going to his car from a restaurant because he had a cross hanging in his car according to a recent report:
A 45-year-old Pakistani Christian man residing in Derby had to be taken to hospital after being assaulted outside a popular restaurant on Friday 20th October 2017. Read Derby Telegraph story (click here)
Tajamal Amar, a food delivery driver, suffered a broken nose along with several lacerations to his head and body after a group of Muslim men attacked without warning.
Mr Amar was rendered unconscious and woke approximately 5 hours later at Royal Derby Hospital where he was admitted overnight, after having been transported there by emergency services.
A local police spokesman said: “We were called to a report of an assault outside the Red Chilli restaurant, in Littleover, at around 8:45 pm on Friday.
“It was reported that a 45-year-old man had been kicked and punched.
“He was hospitalised at the Royal Derby Hospital with a broken nose and we have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the assault.”
Mr Amar, remembers being stared at by a group of Muslim men who seemed to be taking offence at the cross in his vehicle and the two large poppies that were displayed on the front of his car.
After this Mr Amar is not very clear on what happened but he seems to have been hit on top of the head and then suffered further violence as he lay on the floor unconscious.
He cannot specifically describe any of the attackers and police are seeking witnesses who saw the attack, which happened outside a very popular restaurant during peak hours on a Friday night.
Anyone who saw the attack or who could help the police with their inquiries should call 101 quoting reference 17000454535.
Mr Amar, said;
“Several times local Pakistani people in Derby have taken offence from the fact that I am Christian, when they first find out many stop talking to me. My wife and I have often been shunned.
“On the day of my attack the visible display of a cross in my car and two poppies just below the front bonnet, triggered the violence against me. I know this, because for a few days before the attack the same men, glared at me after they notice my Christian paraphernalia.
“I fled from Pakistan to escape violence such as this, but more and more the same violence is coming into Britain.
“Freedom of religion should be the right of any British citizen but today I feel unsafe, even then nothing will stop me going to church.
“I will pray for my attackers and hope they will change their hard-line approach to faith which is very dangerous for our society.”
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said:
“This unprovoked attack on a Christian for simply displaying a cross and two large poppies is an example of the religious intolerance that some strands of radical Islam promote in Britain.
“An innocent man has been hospitalized, he has had to take several days off work, and now he is living in fear of further reprisals, simply for adhering to the Christian faith. (source)
A Russian orthodox Christian man was arrested and is facing possible jail time under a hate crimes law in which he called atheists ‘despicable’ and hoped for a return of the Holy Inquisition according to a recent report:
A Russian poet is facing criminal prosecution for hate speech after calling atheists ‘despicable’ in a poem published online, and inciting violence against the group.
Amateur poet Maksim Drozdov, of Russia’s southern Krasnodar Region, said he hoped for a return to the Holy Inquisition – the medieval Catholic practice associated with the torture of heretics – in poems published on social media in May, that have since been removed.
Drozdov’s defence lawyer Aleksy Avanesyan said Drozdov, who was charged earlier this month, faces charges under article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, which prohibits disseminating hatred, strife or insulting the dignity of representatives of any social group, according to Newsline.
In a statement on Wednesday, the regional directorate of the Investigative Committee – Russia’s main federal investigating authority – said: ‘According to investigators, in May this year the man posted a poem on a social-media network that was extreme in its content.
‘Linguistic research concluded that the published text contained some negative statements about a group of citizens who are united in their attitude to religion, and it calls for hostile action towards these citizens.’
Drozdov had told investigators that his poem was not intended as an insult to anyone, only as a work of satire, according to Avanesyan. (source)
We don’t take pride in being right in a situation like this, but we warned months ago that Christianity in Iraq was finished. Lots of people did not want to believe us, but based on our work in Muslim nations directly helping Christians escape persecution from Muslims, we said that there is veritably impossible for Christianity in Iraq to rebuild to any semblance from what it was before, and that even if it were to be rebuilt, the community would be in immediate danger of annihilation by Turkey as part of their quest to revive the Ottoman Empire. We warned that right now, the most charitable act is to help as many Christians as possible leave and find a new life before Turkey invades and does what ISIS did all over again to the survivors.
Aid To The Church In Need is a major Catholic charity that helps Christians around the world. In a recent story, they have noted that because of the huge decline in population, inability to rebuild, elderly ages of the survivors, and the unwillingness of those who fled to return, that barring a miracle, Christianity in Iraq is finished according to a recent report:
Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has warned that unless world leaders start taking action, the recent defeats suffered by the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria might not be enough to save the Christian population in the region from being eradicated.
“We have seen drastic reductions in the Christian populations in many nations in the Middle East. Iraq might very well have lost 80 percent of their native Christian people,” Edward Clancy, ACNUSA director of outreach, told The Christian Post in an email interview on Wednesday. “Syria might have lost 50 percent. This is compounded by the fact that Christian families have not been secure enough to have many children. The loss of population and the very low birth rate will put great pressure on the Christian communities.”
He warned that Christians will be “hard pressed to survive when they are 2 percent or 1 percent and become an aging population.”
“If we do not help these ancient Christian communities, ISIS might very well have lost the battles but won the war.”
Under a new U.S. strategy, IS has suffered heavy losses recently and has been driven out of a number of key cities it once held, most recently in Raqqa in Syria, which was the terror group’s de facto capital.
As ACN’s “Persecuted and Forgotten? 2015–’17” report released last week noted, the persecution of Christians has grown and reached its highest ever levels in the past couple of years, with the eradication of Christians in the Middle East highlighted as a major concern.
The report said that hope has risen with stories of Christian families returning to their homes in the Nineveh Plains as IS continues to be driven out of Iraq, but the future of the faithful in the region remains very much uncertain.
Clancy told CP: “Our solace is knowing that whenever Christians have faced terrible odds, great miracles have happened. Christianity has survived and endured, but we needn’t wait for miracles. We can act. We can help. We should do both.”
Some church leaders in the Middle East expressed in the report that they feel forgotten by the international community. ACNUSA’s director of outreach argued that many in the West do take the Church and Christian communities for granted.
“Even when Christians are in the minority, they consistently show themselves to be a positive force in those communities. For example, throughout the Middle East and around the world, Christians provide opportunities for better education for Christians and non-Christians alike. This is because it is part of the witness of the Gospel,” Clancy continued.
“Western leaders need to understand that these Christian communities are key for peaceful coexistence among Yazidi, Sunni, Shia and Kurds in Iraq and will be likewise in Syria among the different ethnic and religious groups.”
He urged Western governments and world leaders to offer more help to families trying to resettle back in their homelands.
“They need our help. It is more than just guaranteeing property rights for returning families. The security of their communities is a major issue. It is about leaders not being afraid to say that these Christians belong in their ancestral towns and that they deserve to be supported and protected,” he said.
“Aid to the Church in Need is committed to insisting on that vital message. We will continue to be a voice for the voiceless.”
Clancy said he’s also concerned that rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea could lead to Christians suffering harsher punishments in that country.
Christians in North Korea are already some of the most persecuted people in the world, the ACN report noted, and Clancy said that fears for their well-being are growing as the U.N. increases sanctions against Kim Jong Un.
“The stories of abuse, imprisonment, and denial of freedoms for Christians are constant. The regime is one of the harshest in human history,” he noted.
“While it is hard to believe it might get any worse, it could very well happen that Christians will be targeted even more severely because of their perceived allegiance to Western thinking.” (source)
We have been warning consistently that Christians in Iraq and the Middle East are in grave danger. There is no way around the uncomfortable facts of what have happened. However, one cannot change the events of the past, and it is not helpful to waste time thinking about what could have been or what might become “if” change happens at an undefined future point. The situation of today is shaped by the past, but the decisions of today are also that which makes the future, and the fact is that there is no future for Christian in the current situation in Iraq. There might be at a later point, but right now the concern of the Christians must be the survival of those who are left, especially in light of the situation with Turkey. The most merciful thing that can be done is to get the Christians who are left to a place of safety where they can survive, re-grow, and by God’s grace once again bring the light of Faith back to their ancestral homelands.