Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Should the U.S. offer new homes to Syrian refugees?

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/25/15, 05:12 pm

WASHINGTON—U.S. lawmakers continue to debate taking in some of the 4 million Syrian refugees from the civil war that began March 2011. Those against a resettlement program argue it could be an easy way for terrorists to enter the country.

“America has welcomed refugees from conflict zones,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “We would not abandon that tradition. But we must also not abandon our vigilance, and we cannot be naïve.”

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Lawmakers highlight work of faith-based groups in social media campaign

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/25/15, 12:10 pm

Every night, the Hope Center in Kentucky opens the doors of its shelters to 800 men, each with a different story.

“We see men who’ve lost their jobs, had medical catastrophes, and have been in addiction long enough it’s made them homeless,” said Brooke Raby, Hope Center’s development manager.

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Southern Baptists plan religious liberty office in Middle East

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/22/15, 08:04 am

Christians in some parts of the Middle East have three options: move elsewhere, become Muslim, or pay the expensive Christian tax known as jizya.

As Nina Shea, a religious freedom expert with the Hudson Institute explained, the cost of not complying is high. 

“A family fleeing Nineveh, they couldn’t pay, and [the militants] took their 3-year-old daughter,” Shea said.

In response to the persecution, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention is establishing its first freedom office in the region.

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