Fears that Nigerian Christians are facing ever-increasing bloodshed and violence are growing, human rights groups have warned, with the government failing to persecute and bring to justice the Islamic radical factions that killed over 4,000 Christians in 2015 alone.
"As we speak, none of the perpetrators has been fished out and put on trial. That is to say the government is fully aiding and abetting the sundry ethno-religious cleansing and butcheries. It also partakes circumstantially and vicariously, if not directly," said Emeka Umeagbalasi, chairman for the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.
Police in southwest Nigeria on Monday arrested a pastor who chained his 9-year-old son inside the church for more than a month for stealing food, believing the boy was "possessed."
Church members helped police to arrest Pastor Francis Taiwo, 40, the head of Key of Joy Celestial Church in Ajibawo in Otta area, who put an iron chain around the neck of his son, Korede, and attached it to a heavy log of wood, according to All Africa.
The boy was rescued Saturday from a church apartment by police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps after they were contacted by a neighbor. Taiwo, who has been the church pastor since 2012, said he felt his son was possessed and was unhappy about his stealing. more >>
Human rights groups have been speaking out against what they say is an alarming escalation of violence in several attacks against Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christian community, with police providing little if any protection for victims.
Mina Thabet, programme director for minorities and vulnerable groups with the Egyptian Commission of Rights and Freedoms, told AFP that attacks on Coptic Christians have been "escalating in a very short time."
There have been a number of reports in separate Egyptian villages in recent weeks of large Muslim mobs torching Christian houses, preventing them from establishing churches and gathering to worship. Christians have been beaten and threatened against practicing their faith, while police and government officials have been failing to punish those responsible, Thabet said. more >>
There are 240,000 children in Nigeria suffering from acute malnutrition and facing a high risk of death due to the terror actions of Boko Haram, the United Nations' children's agency has warned, with the crisis taking 134 children's lives a day.
"Some 134 children on average will die every day from causes linked to acute malnutrition if the response is not scaled up quickly," said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF regional director for Western and Central Africa, who visited Borno state.
"We need all partners and donors to step forward to prevent any more children from dying. No one can take on a crisis of this scale alone." more >>
Latest HIV cure news in 2016 revealed a promising new HIV vaccine to be tested in South Africa later this year. The said vaccine was able to meet standards that proves that it could be effective in fighting the virus epidemic in the continent.
According to the latest count, as of 2015 there were around 2.1 million new HIV infections reported. To note that two-thirds of all these infections were from the sub-Saharan African region.
Initial Testing in South Africa In 2015, testing for the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine called HVTN100 was done in South Africa. This was to determine if this vaccine could provide the strength needed to lauch on a larger scale. 252 healthy volunteers were part of the project. A number of volunteers received the ALVAC-HIV/gp120 while others received a placebo; this was done to compare the immune response that the volunteers presented. The result of this 2015 study were presented in the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. more >>
Former Congressman Frank Wolf has noted that Christians in Nigeria, who are among the millions of displaced people suffering due to the action of radical groups, are feeling abandoned by Western churches that are failing to speak out on the developing humanitarian tragedy.
Wolf, who is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, told The Christian Post in a phone interview that he was part of a delegate team that visited Nigeria in February, and got to witness first hand the difficulties that internally displaced people face.
"People of faith, Christians, feel very much forgotten. Nigeria is fractured and is breaking down in so many ways, and it seems that the world has forgotten about it," he reflected on his interactions with Christians there. more >>