Over 1,000 people have been killed by terror group Boko Haram in the first 100 days of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's reign, while close to 2.1 million have been internally displaced. Buhari had promised that he would find a way to drive out the Islamic terror group from his country, but so far the terror group's raids have continued in full force.
The International Organization for Migration revealed on Friday that displaced people have risen to 2.1 million in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, as well as the central state of Nassarawa and Abuja.
"The increase ... can be attributed to the intensification of attacks carried out by the insurgents, as well as to improved access to previously inaccessible areas of Borno state, where the IDP population is now well over 1.6 million," IOM said. more >>
An experienced tour guide has been crushed to death by a rhino he was tending to at the Imire Game Park, Zimbabwe, a reserve about 25 miles from Harare.
According to Kate Travers, director of the park, Tafadzwa Gosho died on Monday night after he was crushed by the rhino at the private nature reserve. In a report by the Associated Press, Travers explained that Gosho was "an experienced rhino handler" and the attack was a rare one.
The park is described in its website as an "intensive black rhino breeding station" and has been known for its tradition of releasing animals into their wild habitat, with 11 rhinos successfully brought back to their natural homes. more >>
An Egyptian Christian who was arrested in early August for handing out Bibles to Muslims at a mall is likely to remain jailed indefinitely after a judge extended his sentence and charged him with blasphemy right before he was scheduled to be released.
Medhat Ishak, a 35-year-old Coptic Christian church custodian from the Ebid village in Egypt's Minya governance, was taken into custody on Aug. 7 after he was caught handing out Bibles to Muslims at the Mall of Arabia on Oct. 6 of last year.
Ishak was initially detained by mall security and then handed over to national police, who accused the Christian man of evangelizing. more >>
At least two individuals were left injured after suspected jihadists attacked Christians in Burkina Faso, West Africa on Monday.
Based on an account by an eyewitness, masked gunmen who identified themselves as members of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram invaded a police station. Their actual connection to Nigeria's Boko Haram is not yet confirmed, according to Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).
A police statement said the two individuals wounded in the attack are police officers. One of the victims was severely injured, said First Post. more >>
Quinn Swales, a safari guide in the Zimbabwean national park where Cecil the lion lived, has been mauled to death by another lion while walking with a group of tourists on Monday morning.
According to the company he was working for, the Hwange National Park incident broke the hearts of the guests who were with Swales at the time.
"Quinn did everything he could to successfully protect his guests and ensure their safety. He was tracking lions when a male lion unexpectedly charged," Camp Hwange, the company, said in a statement on its Facebook page, also assuring that there were no others who were hurt. more >>
A Nigerian pastor and president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria has said that Boko Haram has killed as many as 8,000 members of the congregations he oversees, destroyed 70 percent of his churches, and left most of the pastors under his care without a job.
"Seventy percent of our churches have been destroyed in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states by Boko Haram; over 8,000 of our members were killed; one hundred and seventy-six of the girls kidnapped in Chibok are our members," the Rev. Samuel Dali said, according to Naij.com.
While Dali kept up hopes that the Nigerian military will be able to finally defeat the terror group, which has waged war on the government and the country's Christians since 2009, he noted that many church facilities across Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states have been destroyed in various raids. more >>