The over 270 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants Boko Haram have likely been raped and face a life of sexual slavery if not rescued, a human rights group in Africa said.
"We can safely assume that the abducted girls have been raped by their captors, if not worse," said Rona Peligal, deputy director for the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, according to FoxNews.com. "If they return home, they could be traumatized and stigmatized if they are known to be raped, pregnant or with child from their abductors. What happens if they're trafficked would likely pale by comparison."
The Nigerian girls, most of them Christians, were taken last from an all-girls school in Chibok, Borno State, last month, after armed Islamic militants stormed in with trucks. more >>
A Sharia court in Indonesia has ordered that a woman, accused of having an affair with a married man who was gang-raped by vigilantes last week, should be be caned.
The woman, who is from Aceh, the region in Indonesia where Islam first spread, is accused of having sexual relations with a 40-year-old married man and father of five.
Last Wednesday, the woman and her alleged lover were at her house when a group of at least seven men and a 13-year-old boy stormed into the home, tying and beating up the man, before gang-raping her. After they violated her, the men doused the couple in sewage, before marching them to the Sharia authorities. more >>
Did you ever imagine a hashtag could help spread the word about Christian persecution in a matter of hours? Neither did I.
The #BringBackOurGirls Twitter trend has garnered global media and government outcries after Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group, kidnapped over 276 mostly Christian girls ages 14-18 in Nigeria. Unfortunately, young evangelicals (and the broader world) did not take notice of this tragedy because the girls were Christians, but because their captors intend to sell them into human trafficking. Something is very wrong with this "social justice" scenario.
We thank God for the attention this egregious offense has gained worldwide. And so the problem is not that young evangelicals focus heavily on injustices like human trafficking. The problem is that too many only focus on issues like human trafficking, because they are deemed politically correct. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans praised the U.S. government after it announced that it will send forces into Nigeria to help rescue over 270 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. The association has called for more urgent action on the issue.
"We acknowledge that yesterday President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. would be setting up a Coordinated Cell within the American embassy in Nigeria to provide intelligence and investigation assistance," CANAN President Dr. James Fadel said at a press conference on Wednesday. "We have heard as well that the Nigerian government has accepted this offer. We are grateful."
Fadel urged the U.S. to "use every available tool within its arsenal to trace, track and terminate the funding and operations of Boko Haram which has claimed responsibility for this horrendous abduction." more >>
On Wednesday, May 7, history is being made. On behalf of the suffering churches of Egypt, Iraq and Syria, a broad array of American Christians, with a degree of unity rarely seen since the Council of Nicaea in 325, have joined together in a "pledge of solidarity and call to action."
Their action results from deepening concern about the "wave of persecution" in the region of Christianity's roots.
In the "We the People" tradition, the pledge is a grass roots effort, with input from many sources. It is being released publicly on Wednesday morning by Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), but it does not have any particular institutional sponsor nor a political leader spearheading it. more >>
Islamic militants opened fire on a market, killing over 300 in the northeast city of Gamburu in Nigeria this week, a local senator claims. The senator believes the attacks are from the terror group Boko Haram, which recently sparked international outrage when it took responsibility for kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls, threatening to sell them into slavery.
Nigerian Sen. Ahmed Zanna has recalled the devastating attack on Gamboru Ngala that allegedly took place Monday afternoon, when Islamic militants entered the village dressed in military uniforms and wielding rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The attackers first entered the local market where they began opening fire randomly on shoppers. They then moved to other parts of the village, successfully sacking the local police station, where 14 officers were later found dead.
Sen. Zanna told NBC News that he believes the attackers involved in Monday's siege were a part of the Boko Haram terror group, comprised of Islamic militants who have reportedly received training from al-Qaeda. more >>