Africa, Cameroon: Boko Haram attacks Christians again

October 18, 2014 by  
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Boko HaramAfrica, October 09, 2014: At least nine Christians have been killed by Boko Haram militants as the Islamist group, which has killed thousands of people in Nigeria, has been targeting villages in neighbouring Cameroon.

A Barnabas Fund partner reported in mid-September that the Islamist militants have been attacking believers in raids on villages near Cameroon’s northern border. There have also been reports of forced conversions on pain of death.

In Tourou village, Moskata village and other surrounding villages, one church and five Christian homes have been burned down. Two other churches have been looted or vandalised and eight have been forced to close because of the security situation.

The attacks have displaced thousands of people and are crippling the area’s infrastructure. Several primary and secondary schools have been closed, and teachers are finding it difficult to return to their posts.

The militants use several methods to spy on a village before attacking. “They often use friendships and visits,” reported a Barnabas partner. “Sometimes they employ guides at night to carry out their work.” Boko Haram militants from Nigeria have been guided to the villages by Cameroonians who have joined the group or who support its Islamist aims.

Although law enforcement officials are active in the area, they are few in number and are failing to maintain security.

Like the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram has declared a caliphate – an Islamic state under the rule of a single ruler or caliph – in areas it has violently seized in Nigeria. Many Christians fleeing violence in Nigeria have escaped to Cameroon, where they are seeing their safe haven become the latest setting for Boko Haram’s violence.

– barnabas team

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