International children's relief organization UNICEF has reported a 10-fold increase of child suicide bombers being used in attacks by Nigerian terror group Boko Haram.
"Let us be clear: these children are victims, not perpetrators," Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF regional director for West and Central Africa,.said Tuesday. "Deceiving children and forcing them to carry out deadly acts has been one of the most horrific aspects of the violence in Nigeria and in neighbouring countries."
The report by the organization noted that while there were four reported child bombers in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger in 2014, that number rose to 44 in 2015. What is more, 75 of the children involved in such attacks were girls. more >>
Christians continue to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ one year after the horrific attack on Garissa University in Kenya where 148 students were slaughtered by Islamic radicals.
"God is always just and we should learn to appreciate his will, depend on him for strength, and thank Him for the gift of life because there is nothing that can compensate the lost lives of the students," a Garissa-based pastor, identified as 'Daniel,' told persecution watchdog group the International Christian Concern in a report.
There have been several different commemorations for the victims of the massacre this past week, including candlelight vigils around the country, as well as a run on Saturday, BBC News reported. more >>
A Muslim teacher who died from injuries sustained while defending Christians from al-Shabaab militants during a terrorist attack last December in Kenya has been honored posthumously with one of the country's most prestigious awards.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta awarded Salah Farah the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya honor after Falah was ultimately killed for standing with Christians when jihadis from the Somalia-based al Shabaab Islamic radical group stormed a bus headed for the border town of Mandera on Dec. 21, 2015.
The president announced the award during a State of the Nation address to the Kenyan parliament last week. more >>
In what could be one of the most spectacular moments in his career, Eddie Izzard has completed 27 marathons in the span of 27 days - all for the love of charity.
According to BBC News, the 54-year-old had to run a double marathon on Sunday to complete his 27-day challenge. Despite the heat, dehydration, and exhaustion, the comedian was able to end the challenge with great dignity as he stood beneath the statue of widely acclaimed South African president Nelson Mandela.
Izzard claimed victory in Pretoria after the final marathon that ran 26.2 miles. The challenge was done in honor of the late philanthropist and his memory of being jailed for 27 years. In a bid to help this year's Sport Relief event, Izzard was able to raise over $1 million in funds. more >>
The hijacker of EgyptAir's flight from Alexandria to Cairo on Tuesday has been arrested, officials have just confirmed.
According to CNN, officials described the 58-year-old perpetrator as "unstable" and though his drama ended with no one getting hurt, fear among the passengers could be felt as the day ended with his arrest.
Farrah El Dibany told the outlet that she had noticed something was wrong since the plane started taking passports from passengers and it was taking too long for the plane to land. "One of the cabin crew told us, 'We are hijacked. We're being hijacked.' There was a lot of panic and crying on the plane," she said. more >>
One of the two girls carrying explosives on an apparent suicide bombing mission in Cameroon said after her arrest that she was one of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok in neighboring Nigeria in 2014. Meanwhile, the terror group's purported leader, Abubakar Shekau, is reported to be contemplating stepping down.
The government of Nigeria is sending some parents from the Chibok community to Cameroon to verify the claim of the girl, who was arrested along with her associate by local self-defence forces in Limani village in northern Cameroon before she could blow herself up, according to The Guardian.
Of the 270 schoolgirls kidnaped by Boko Haram in April 2014, 50 managed to escape and 219 remain missing. more >>