Fleeing Boko Haram
Many of the families supported by Open Doors are from Gwoza, the city declared by Boko Haram as the capital of their ‘caliphate’ in 2014. While many areas have been retaken by the Nigerian army, the situation is still unstable.
Bishop William Naga, leader of the Borno chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said, “Only the bigger towns are fully under the control of the Nigerian army. The outskirts of these towns and villages in the state are not safe. Boko Haram is still in control of big parts of the Borno State. We cannot go back there now.”
Discrimination in refugee camps
Christians have faced discrimination in official refugee camps and have resorted to forming their own unofficial camps. Bishop Naga said, “They will give food to the refugees, but if you are a Christian they will not give you food. They will even openly tell you that the relief is not for Christians. There is an open discrimination.”
Stand with your church family in Nigeria
If you would like to do more to support our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, you can give a gift to provide them with vital aid. Every £34 can provide clothing and blankets to a survivor of violence in Nigeria or another part of Africa.
You can also speaking out on their behalf. Invite your MP to the launch of the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List in January, which will highlight the persecution faced by Christians in Nigeria and other parts of the world, and equip our leaders with the information they need to speak out on behalf of our persecuted church family.