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Attacks on Nigerian Christians spur protests

International | Fulani herdsmen targeted worshippers and priests in an attack during Catholic Mass
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/01/18, 02:32 pm

A herdsmen attack that killed two priests and at least 15 other worshippers during a Catholic Mass in Nigeria’s Benue State has sparked anger across the country and triggered calls for the president to step down.

Armed gunmen on April 24 attacked St. Ignatius Catholic Church in the state’s Gwer local government area as parishioners gathered for an early morning Mass. The dead include the Revs. Joseph Gor and Feliz Tyolaha.

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Myanmar sentences soldiers for Rohingya killings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/11/18, 10:19 am

Myanmar has sentenced seven military officials to 10 years in prison with hard labor for their roles in killing 10 Rohingya Muslims in a conflict that began in August 2017, the military said Tuesday. More than 650,000 Rohingya fled from Rakhine state in Myanmar, also known as Burma, into neighboring Bangladesh after the military launched a clearance operation, which the United Nations called “ethnic cleansing.” In January, the army in a rare move admitted that some soldiers killed 10 Rohingya Muslims in Inn Din village and buried them in a mass grave.

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Photos show Myanmar razed Rohingya villages to the ground

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/23/18, 10:51 am

The Myanmar government used bulldozers to clear out at least 55 Rohingya Muslim villages in an operation that could destroy evidence of abuse against the minority group, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The satellite images, provided by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, showed the villages void of structures and vegetation. Security forces in Myanmar, also known as Burma, launched a clearance operation in August that sent about 700,000 Rohingya fleeing into neighboring Bangladesh. Satellite imagery at the time showed authorities initially torched the majority of the Rohingya villages.

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