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-Nigerian Christians Feel Abandoned by Western Churches?

by Dr. D ~ July 19th, 2016

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Nigerian Christians, who have been continually under attack during the last several years by the Boko Haram and other radical Islamic groups, feel that they have been forgotten and abandoned by Western Christians and churches.  Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

Former Congressman Frank Wolf has noted that Christians in Nigeria, who are among the millions of displaced people suffering due to the action of radical groups, are feeling abandoned by Western churches that are failing to speak out on the developing humanitarian tragedy.  …

"People of faith, Christians, feel very much forgotten. Nigeria is fractured and is breaking down in so many ways, and it seems that the world has forgotten about it," he reflected on his interactions with Christians there.

"They feel abandoned by the West, and by the Church in the West. You are not hearing many in the West advocating (for them). They would expect that the faith community in the West, Europe, would be advocating, speaking out," Wolf told CP.

While Nigerian Christians and regular citizens have been targeted by the radical Boko Haram group since 2009, there has also been a very alarming rise in attacks carried out by Fulani herdsmen against Christian farmers in land disputes, leading to hundreds of deaths in the past year.

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Response: The article goes on to say that much of the attention from the West has been on the continuing plight of Syrian and Iraqi refugees which include both Muslims and Christians.

One of the major problems contributing this lack of support from Western Christians and particularly Americans is our dependence upon the main stream media when it comes to news. Christians being killed and churches being destroyed along with whole Christian villages being attacked and rampaged in Nigeria is no longer ‘news’ from the perspective of the major Western main stream media since it is happening all of the time. Also, there is very little sympathy for the plight of Christians among the major world news purveyors. Meanwhile, the political leaders in Nigeria, many who are Muslims including the President of Nigeria, are claiming that the Boko Haram has been contained and discourage any news stories that may contradict that propaganda.

American Christians suffer from ignorance and rarely receive news from embattled Christians around the world except from personal correspondence with missionaries and missions that are actually sponsored by their church or denomination. We really do need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and find ways to better support them in their time of need.  Also we need to keep tabs on what is happening to Christians around the world from alternative sources like Open Doors USA, Voice of the Martyrs, BosNewsLife, World Watch Monitor, and the Christian Post. Some of these sites also have suggestions on how we may actually provide help for persecuted Christians and Christian refugees.               *Top

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2 Responses to -Nigerian Christians Feel Abandoned by Western Churches?

  1. Brian

    Part of the Nigerian problem, Dr. D, is that for decades people have been bombarded by scams originating in Nigeria. So, any legitimate Nigerian charity or church group tends to get ignored – – they are “just more scammers.” While this does not explain the inattention of western media, it does partially explain the failure of the crisis in Nigeria to register on the western consciousness.

    Ironically, a grossly disproportionate part of the Nigerian scammers are Muslims.

  2. Dr. D

    Brian,
    I am sure you are right in regard to the scammers leaving ‘a bad taste’ in the minds of most when it comes to Nigeria.

    That is why it is probably best to look for a legitimate Christian charity that serves Nigerian Christians but does not originate in Nigeria.

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