Nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls released, reunited with families: ‘We thank God’

Mar 4, 2021 by

by Emily Wood, Christian Post: Nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls were safely returned Tuesday after they were kidnapped Friday morning by armed militants. State authorities said 279 girls were released, which is different from the original reports claiming 317 girls were kidnapped. After 1 a.m. on Friday, gunmen kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria following a wave of mass abductions. The kidnapped girls from Government Girls Science School in Jangebe...

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US removal of Houthi terror designation may heighten Yemeni Christian persecution: Open Doors

Mar 3, 2021 by

by Emily Wood, Christian Post: The U.S. government’s decision to remove the terror designation from the Iran-backed Yemeni Houthis could lead to heightened Christian persecution, according to the head of a prominent international Christian human rights organization. After the Biden administration removed the Houthi organization, known as Ansar Allah, from the list of foreign terrorist organizations early last month, two Saudi-influenced newspapers reported Yemen’s Houthi militia is...

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Tigray survivors share horrors of mass killings as Sunday school kids are among thousands dead

Mar 1, 2021 by

by Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post: It is now believed that thousands, not just hundreds, of civilians, including priests and Sunday school children, were killed in the war-torn and predominantly-Christian region of Tigray in northern Ethiopia since last November as survivors have described the brutal killings they witnessed. Organizations, including Amnesty International, CNN and Sky News, have published investigations into massacres committed against civilian populations in the Tigray region....

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317 girls kidnapped from boarding school in Nigeria; parents praying for ‘divine intervention’

Feb 28, 2021 by

by Emily Wood, Christian Post: Armed militants kidnapped 317 girls from a boarding school early Friday morning in northwest Nigeria following a wave of mass abductions in Africa’s most populous nation. Nasiru Abdullahi told The Associated Press his daughters, ages 10 and 13, are among the 300 girls abducted from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe. “It is disappointing that even though the military have a strong presence near the school they were unable to protect the...

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We need to talk about terrorism

Feb 22, 2021 by

by Simon Cottee, UnHerd: When, earlier this month, a 16-year-old boy became Britain’s youngest person to be convicted of terrorism offences, the British press responded with a mixture of disgust and incredulity, inquiring how someone so young could have become so fanatical. By all accounts, his career in violent extremism started at a remarkably early age: he joined a far-right internet forum when he was just 13. A year later, he had become a fully-fledged terrorist “mastermind” running a...

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Boko Haram claims kidnapping of over 300 boys in Nigeria, marking an alarming move west

Dec 17, 2020 by

By Danielle Paquette, Washington Post: Boko Haram claimed responsibility Tuesday for abducting more than 300 boys from a secondary school in northwest Nigeria, marking a striking leap from the extremist group’s usual area of operation and a chilling expansion of Islamist militancy in West Africa. Hundreds of gunmen surrounded the boarding school in Katsina state on Friday and opened fire in a community that had never known such violence, witnesses said, before dragging the students deep...

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