Published On: Mon, May 18th, 2015

New report: Boko Haram has murdered 5000 Catholics, displaced 100K

Over 5,000 Catholics in one diocese have been killed by Boko Haram militants, with an additional 100,000 Catholics forced out of their homes due to Boko Haram violence in the area, says a new report titled: Situation Report on the Activities of Boko Haram in the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri.

This new summary states that 350 Catholic churches have been attacked, with approximately 7,000 women in the diocese losing their husbands and 10,000 children are now orphans due to Muslims extremists.

Boko Haram rose in 2009, and has been largely active in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, all of which fall within the Maiduguri constituency, but their murders have even stretched into neighboring countries: Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Father Gideon Obasogie, director of social communications in the Maiduguri diocese said, “People are very scared and those who are able to return home find there is nothing left.”
Boko Haram logo   photo/Arnold Platon via wikimedia commons

Boko Haram logo photo/Arnold Platon via wikimedia commons

“A life lived with much fear is terrible,” he continued.

“The good Lord has always been on our side. He has seen us through thick and thin. Our faith has been purified through persecution,” he said.
Boko Haram would “soon know the strength of our collective will,” President-elect Muhammadu Buhari vowed in a televised speech.

“In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do. Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort until we defeat terrorism.”

On Monday, Buhari met Chadian President Idriss Deby to discuss a combined effort to restore stability to the region.

“If we want to continue the fight we’ll have to make sure that our two armies work together. This is the only way that we can get results,” Deby said, according to the BBC.

“We discussed issues of common interest which we will pursue together and to have a joint action to handle the issue of Boko Haram and will overcome it and by the grace of God, peace and security will prevail in the sub-region.”

Nigeria Boko Haram attacks map

Nigeria saw the most Christians murdered by Islamists in 2014
Boko Haram attacks map distrubted in 2012. Photo/wikimedia

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