The United Nations Children's Fund has said that as many as 1 million children have been forced out of school due to the Boko Haram terrorist group.
"Across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, over 2,000 schools remain closed due to the conflict — some of them for more than a year — and hundreds have been attacked, looted or set on fire," UNICEF reported on Tuesday. "In far north Cameroon, only one out of the 135 schools closed in 2014 has re-opened this year."
The militant group has been waging a war in Nigeria for almost six years now, carrying out mass suicide bombings, shooting attacks, and raids on entire towns and villages, killing over 20,000 people. The Islamic extremists have focused heavily on Christians, trying to drive them out of the country, but have been attacking moderate Muslims and all who stand in their way. more >>
United States government officials have acknowledged that thousands of Americans have "disappeared" for attempting to spoil the ending of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens."
In a prepared statement released Monday, the Obama administration admitted to overseeing a joint operation between the CIA, NSA, FBI, and the Department of Education to purge the Star Wars spoiler-ers.
"We believe this was a major matter of national security," pointed out Chief White House Spokesman Ernest P. Worrell, who just went to camp. more >>
Over 1,000 supporters recently gathered at the Toronto church of Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Sunday to offer their prayers and support after the pastor was sentenced to life prison by a North Korean court.
The prayer vigil took place at Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, outside of Toronto, where the Rev. Jason Noh told visitors that despite his harsh sentence, Lim is in "really good spirits."
"He's in really good spirits [...] apparently, he's at peace," Noh added to the crowd of supporters. more >>
Seeing Christmas toys under the tree, unwrapping them with excitement, and playing with them for many days to come, is a delightful experience for many children throughout the world!
But seldom do we think of where the toys came from, who made them, and under what conditions were they made.
Thankfully, the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights (IGLHR) has painstakingly asked, and answered, many of these questions. more >>
Britain's Prince Charles has warned that Christianity might be entirely erased from the land of its birth in the Middle East within five years.
"Their suffering is symptomatic of a very real crisis which threatens the very existence of Christianity in the land of its birth," Charles said at the Archbishop House in central London, reported the Express on Thursday.
"In fact according to Aid to the Church in Need, which is a truly remarkable organization, Christianity is on course to disappear from Iraq within five years unless emergency help is provided on a greatly increased scale at an international level," the Prince of Wales said. more >>
Christians in South Sudan are praying for peace this Christmas time following two years of devastating civil war, which according to some estimates has killed up to 100,000 people.
"Two years after the outbreak of the civil war we continue to hope for peace, and perhaps this Christmas will be different from the last two, where we experienced suffering and fear," a South Sudanese missionary told Fides News Agency.
The country marked this week the two year anniversary of the civil war that has plunged the world's youngest nation into a deep crisis. more >>