Nigeria: “The attacks on Christians are becoming more flagrant”
by Roman Kris (youth magazine f1rstlife) Nigeria
The turmoil continues in Nigeria. Reports of the defeat of the terrorist group “Boko Haram” contradict what the priest John Bakeni experiences every day. The priest is responsible for coordinating aid for survivors of terrorist attacks and displaced persons in his native diocese of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria. The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has been working closely together with him for many years.
Father John Bakeni - Photographer/Author: Johannes Klausa. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.
While the threat of terrorist attacks is omnipresent in the north, in Central Nigeria, attacks on Christian farmers by the predominantly Muslim nomads from the tribe of the Fulani are becoming ever more frequent. According to the project partners of ACN, anti-religious sentiments can also be found behind disputes over land.
Roman Kris from the youth magazine “f1rstlife” talked with John Bakeni about the current situation.