- Jul 5, 2020
Nigeria has had over 50,000 people killed since 2009 due to the Boko Haram insurgency, which has also displaced over 2 million people. In the country’s “Middle Belt” – where the Muslim North meets the Christian South – Muslim Fulani bands have killed thousands of Christians.
If Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities are to stay in Iraq, they will need more security than they currently have.
At a press conference for the In Defense of Christians 2017 Summit held in Washington, D.C., Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch John X Yazigi argued that Christians in the Middle East were determined to stay there. He said, “The Church is the beacon of truth in this agitated world and we will continue to witness to that truth even if we are hanged on the Cross.”
Alexis Moukarzel is a Lebanese architect. He said the different religious and ethnic communities in Lebanon might have their own agenda, but “most of them want Lebanon to be stabilized. If it was not like that you would have the spread of the Syrian civil war inside Lebanon.”
When Vice President Michael Pence declared Wednesday night that the U.S. would redirect funds targeted to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East away from U.N.-sponsored programs and towards faith-based groups in the region, he was responding to a long-standing complaint that humanitarian efforts in the region bypass Christians because they don’t register in U.N.-sponsored camps dominated by Muslims.