January 1, 2024

Over 100 Christians Killed in Nigeria Massacre

In Nigeria, a relentless wave of violence targeting Christians, described as being "killed for sport," has resulted in over 140 deaths, with estimates reaching close to 200.

The atrocities were perpetrated by armed bandits in around 20 communities across central Nigeria, particularly in Plateau State, where an invisible line divides the predominantly Muslim north and mainly Christian south.

The attacks occurred during the Christmas season, a stark contrast to the global celebration of hope and joy.

Amnesty International reported the widespread killings, shedding light on the tragic events that took place, while accurate statistics remain elusive.

The U.S. State Department expressed condolences and deep concern over the violence, emphasizing the need for accountability.

The global response to this humanitarian crisis has been notably muted. Various sources report that Christians make up 46% of Nigeria's population, and the violence against them has been escalating for years.

The recent attacks coincide with a visit to the White House by Shenna Bellows, the Secretary of State for Maine, where she met President Joe Biden.

Bellows is known for her decision to exclude former President Donald Trump from the state's primary ballot, citing the "insurrection" clause in the 14th Amendment.

While there's no direct link between Bellows' visit and the attacks, it adds a layer of complexity to the geopolitical dynamics surrounding Nigeria.

Religious freedom activists have urged the U.S. government to reevaluate its stance on Nigeria and reinstate its designation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for religious freedom violations. The situation underscores the complex interplay between religious tensions, jihadist threats, and the government's role in addressing the violence.

The international community faces a growing call to intervene, providing aid and diplomatic pressure to alleviate the suffering of those affected and address the root causes of the ongoing crisis.

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