Christian genocide underway in Nigeria, experts warn

Christian genocide underway in Nigeria, experts warn

JOS, Nigeria — Nine women and children were fatally shot or hacked to death by Muslim Fulani herdsmen June 3 in ongoing violence against Christians in Nigeria. The nine lived in the predominantly Christian village of Tudun Doka. Seven others were kidnapped from the village.

On May 15, herdsmen killed more than 30 people in seven other villages. Also that day, Kennedy Nendi Drengkat of the University of Jos was killed in his home and his 6-year-old daughter, Joanna, kidnapped. She and another kidnap victim were rescued.

The next day, two Christians were killed in Ungwan Anjo village. Most of the houses in the village were burned.

In January, Christian Solidarity International issued a genocide warning for Nigeria. On June 25, international advocacy group In Defense of Christians held an online press call and said Christians are being explicitly targeted in ongoing violence intended to drive them off their land.

Gregory Stanton, the founding president and chair of Genocide Watch, estimated as many as 27,000 Christians in Nigeria have been killed since 2012. The nature of the attacks clearly fit the U.N. definition of acts of genocide, he said.

Nigeria is No. 12 on Open Doors’ World Watch List 2020 of places where it is most difficult to be a Christian. (Morning Star)