The harrowing experiences of Edgar Harrell and the crew on the USS Indianapolis, a battleship that helped put an end to World War II, are documented in the recently released book, Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
On the way back from making their voyage to Japan to deliver components used to create the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the USS Indianapolis was attacked by a Japanese submarine and of its 1,197-man crew, only 317 survived the five-day ordeal.
Hundreds of men were set adrift in the vast Pacific Ocean. Frigid cold temperatures assailed them at night, and the blistering, burning sun assaulted them by day. All the while, strong waves and hungry sharks picked them off one by one. more >>
Vigilante villager groups have reportedly killed scores of Boko Haram militants and arrested at least 10 in an ambush, while Nigeria continues looking for the nearly 270 schoolgirls abducted by the terrorist group.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the ambush occurred at night when the vigilantes learned that Boko Haram was coming to the area. The exact number of those killed was not provided, but the Kalabalge villagers are said to have carried out the ambush to try and deter the militants from future attacks. Kalabalge is 155 miles away from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri.
"That is why most attacks by the Boko Haram on our village continued [to] fail because they cannot come in here and start shooting and killing people," trader Ajid Musa said. more >>
Just when you wonder what Congress is not going to do next, Speaker of the House John Boehner musters up enough courage to try to get the facts on the White House's role in covering up the Benghazi attack before the mid-term elections. Obama and his O-bots continue to withhold documents, obfuscating the investigation.
To date, they have only sent in -- on the "honor" system -- a few heavily redacted documents. It took a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch and a court decision to unearth recent meaningful evidence.
Alert to the White House spokes kids: "Dudes, it's a subpoena!" more >>
For several years my wife and I attended a little church in Virginia called St. Peter's. Every Sunday during the "Prayers of the People" we would pray for persecuted Christians throughout the world, and each week, two different countries would be named. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Nigeria . . .far off places that seem so foreign and remote from everyday life in America.
I sometimes wonder how seriously we took those prayers. I don't doubt that our intentions were sincere; I simply recognize that for most Americans the kind of persecution suffered by Christians around the world is utterly inconceivable. As citizens of the freest society mankind has ever known, it is almost impossible for us to truly empathize with the plight of those who live in daily fear of harassment, imprisonment, and even torture or execution for their religious beliefs.
The recent kidnappings in Nigeria by the Islamic militant group Boka Haram has cast the issue of religious persecution – of Christians in particular – into the spotlight, and begs the question: Why have American Christians been so silent on the subject of religious persecution of their spiritual brethren around the world? It is a question many leaders within the American Christian community are asking, and there appears to be universal consensus that continued silence and inaction on this issue is unacceptable. more >>
WASHINGTON – A teenage girl whose family was murdered nearly three years ago by Boko Haram for being Christian has finally spoken about her experience.
Deborah Peters, a native of Northern Nigeria who is now 15, described the murder of her father and brother at the hands of Boko Haram at a Hudson Institute event on Tuesday afternoon.
Peters was from Chibok, the very same village that terrorists raided in April and abducted hundreds of school girls, forcing them into marriages with Boko Haram leadership. more >>
Terrorist group Boko Haram's offer to exchange some of the kidnapped schoolgirls for prisoners has reportedly been rejected by the Nigerian government.
"I'm not surprised that the Nigerian government refused to negotiate in this manner with Boko Haram," Dr. David Curry, president and CEO of watchdog group Open Doors, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday. "I think if the news is true that the girls are still together, I think that's hopeful news. I think many had feared that the girls had been scattered and already sold.
"Our hope at Open Doors is that Boko Haram will release the girls for humanitarian reasons because they are innocents, and so forth. But I don't know if they'll do that. They've shown a callousness toward human life that is shocking to most in the world." more >>