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Nigerian Christians lose hope

International | Pastor’s execution lead many to question the government’s ability to protect them
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/23/20, 01:39 pm

NIGERIA: Militants executed the kidnapped chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, pastor Lawan Andimi, only weeks after they distributed a proof-of-life video following his Jan. 3 abduction. The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) and its Boko Haram affiliates also claimed to have killed another abducted Christian, who they did not identify.

  • Andimi’s beheading is part of a surge of ISWAP-related violence targeting Christians in the past month.
  • With more than 1,000 Christians killed in Nigeria this past year, church official Samson Ayokunle said the church is “almost losing hope in the government’s ability to protect Nigerians, especially Christians.”

CHINA: With Wuhan and other cities under lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, latest figures show at least 17 people have died and close to 600 others are confirmed infected by the new virus.

SWITZERLAND: Climate refugees don’t exist in international law, but UN officials attending the World Economic Forum in Davos are making the case for treating those who flee climate events as refugees deserving resettlement.

LEBANON: A newly formed government will take up emergency measures to quell an economic and political crisis, as French President Emmanuel Macron this week pledged to do “everything” to help.

SYRIA: Iraqi Kurdistan President Nechirvan Barzani smiled politely in his first meeting (at Davos) with President Donald Trump, who said the Turkish invasion of Kurdish-held areas of neighboring Syria has “worked out great.” In Syria, dueling roadblocks raise tension between U.S. and Russian forces as Turkey continues its advance. Turkish forces have displaced more than 300,000 people and confiscated property while imposing Islamist rule.

ISRAEL: World leaders gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the Holocaust on the 75th anniversary this month of the liberation of Auschwitz.

ANGOLA: Isabel dos Santos, daughter of former President José Eduardo dos Santos, is Africa’s richest woman, but there’s growing scrutiny over how she built her $2 billion empire.

UNITED STATES: Next time you feel lost on impeachment proceedings, here’s your explainer on key themes.

GLOBAL: A breakdown of the countries where it’s most dangerous to be a Christian, from Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List.

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Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

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  • SN
    Posted: Fri, 01/24/2020 10:59 am

    The Islamist President, my Nigerian friend informs me, gives only lip service but shows no real desire to assist persecuted Christians in Nigeria.  This is tragic; but it should come as no surprise.  Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.  Our brethren there and in many places around the world are exegeting this text with their blood.  May God grant persevering grace to His persecuted people.  They need our prayers.  Let us not forget Leah Sharibu and the many she represents.