Editor's note: The Christian Post was invited by World Vision Zambia to meet with locals who have been impacted by the organization's water, sanitation and hygiene program. This is the second of a series of articles on that trip, which took place March 22-28. Read part one: Sickness, Discomfort and Death: the Fate of Families and Children With No Access to Clean Water.
A woman, perhaps in her 30s, sat on the bench adjacent to the nurse's desk. Her child, 15 months old, sat tucked inside the colorful homemade sling strapped across her back and her left side. It was finally her turn to speak with the nurse. Her child's nearly-bare head bobbed from side to side as he peered wide-eyed around the 8x10 room at the narrowed eyes set in strange faces peering back at him. But the strangers could not hold his steady gaze, their eyes weighed down by the sadness and shock that gripped them after his mother had entered into the room. more >>
Some of the nearly 700 hostages rescued from terror group Boko Haram last week following raids by the Nigerian army have spoken out about the horrific treatment they received. The captives revealed the Islamic militants stoned women to death as the army was approaching to rescue them, and reduced children to near "skeletal bodies" due to starvation.
"We just have to give praise to God that we are alive, those of us who have survived," 27-year-old Lami Musa told The Associated Press.
Although nearly 300 women and children were rescued from camps in the Sambisa forest, where Boko Haram has been hiding, a number of them were killed when an armored army car crushed them by accident, while three others died in a land mine explosion. more >>
Nigerian troops have rescued 234 more girls and women from the Boko Haram stronghold Sambia Forest in the country's northeast, days after freeing 200 girls and 93 women from the same region.
The Nigerian Defense Headquarters posted a message on Twitter early Saturday, saying, "Another set of 234 women and children were rescued through the Kawuri and Konduga end of the #Sambisa Forest…"
This brings the total number of women and children rescued this week to 527. more >>
Islamic State militants in the group's Libyan outpost of Derna have publicly crucified three brothers belonging to a local prominent family after one of the brothers was accused of supporting the Libyan government, which under ISIS' Sharia law is equivalent to the executable offense of apostasy.
According to the Libya Herald, a photo circulated last week purporting to show three members of the Harir Al-Mansouri family being crucified near the group's Islamic court in the Mediterranean coastal town of Derna, after they refused to turn over their brother, whom the group accused of supporting the Libyan National Army.
The report adds that as many as eight members of the family, including two sisters, were killed when the militant group began a 12-hour bombardment on the family's home when they refused to surrender their brother. The public crucifixion was supposed to serve as a warning to the town's residents to not challenge the sovereignty and authority of ISIS. more >>
A Catholic priest, author, and founder of organizations such as Madonna University Nigeria, has said that peace, even with members of prominent terror groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram, is "really possible," as long as they undergo a process of re-orientation and see who they truly are, as creations of God.
Father Emmanuel M.P. Edeh said in an email interview with The Christian Post on Wednesday that his book, Edeh's Charity Peace Model, is based on the African philosophy of mmadi, which sees man as "ontologically good, deserving dignity and respect." more >>
An Egyptian court has handed out life in prison sentences to 71 people for burning a Christian church in in the Giza province village of Kafr Hakim in 2013.
CNN reported that the people were part of a mob that chanted for Egypt to become an "Islamic State" as they torched and looted The Virgin Mary Church in 2013, following anti-government unrest. Christians were heavily targeted in Egypt following the fall of former President Mohammed Morsi, which later led to the Muslim Brotherhood being outlawed.
Reports said that 52 out of the 73 defendants were tried in absentia, with 21 already in prison. Two minors were additionally given 10 years in prison and fined the equivalent of $1,300. more >>