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Nigeria: when Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash

Fulani cattle herds in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria, July 2016 (Open Doors International)
Many experts on Nigeria now believe that violence across the Middle Belt, which World Watch Monitor has reported at length, has been responsible for more deaths than Boko Haram. As Emmanuel Akinwotu wrote last year in the New Statesman, the conflict – between ‘indigenous’ settled farmers (mainly Christian) and nomadic. . . Read More

5 Things to know about violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt

Village head Daniel Akoi inside his destroyed home in one of the villages in Southern Kaduna that were attacked by Fulani herdsmen. Sources say more than 50 villages have been attacked in the last 12 months affecting hundreds of families.
In northern Nigeria, targeted violence against Christians comes not only from the Islamic militants of Boko Haram. Clashes with militants among the predominantly Muslim Fulani herdsmen have claimed thousands of Christian lives in Nigeria’s Middle Belt – the handful of states straddling the pre-colonial line dividing Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north from. . . Read More

Why are attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christians getting worse?

Why are attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christians getting worse?
Attacks on Christians in Egypt have intensified in brutality because of an influx of arms and foreign jihadis, lax border security and increased local hostility to non-Muslims, according to a leading UK academic. Dr Mariz Tadros of Sussex University’s Institute of Development Studies said that the suicide attack on a. . . Read More

Islamic State in Asia: what you need to know

Islamic State in Asia: what you need to know
When Islamic State (IS) launched its so-called caliphate in 2014 it had seized territory in Iraq and Syria. However over the last 18 months, militants claiming allegiance to the group have carried out attacks in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, while the group also has sympathisers in India. . . Read More

Why the Uyghurs are under pressure in Xinjiang

As in July 2009 the Chinese government again shows its muscles in Xinjiang province, north-west China, during an anti-terror mass rally in February, this time in the southern city of Hotan. Tensions have flared up regularly in this area where the Uyghur people struggle for self-determination.
Both Muslims and Christians in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in north-west China find themselves under increased pressure from the Chinese authorities. An anti-terror mass rally in the southern city of Hotan in February, an increase in surveillance measures in public places, and the introduction of new anti-terror policies, are all. . . Read More

A Church under siege – Egyptian Christians and IS

A Church under siege – Egyptian Christians and IS
The Church in Egypt is one of the oldest in the world and is believed to have been founded by St Mark in the first days of the Early Church.1 In addition to its important place in church history as one of the earliest Christian communities that goes all the. . . Read More

Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws

Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws
What the laws say Chapter XV of Pakistan’s Penal Code, titled “Of Offences Relating to Religion,” contains six sections. Four of them outlaw a number of acts, ranging from tresspassing on places of worship to “malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings,” with penalties ranging from one to 10 years. . . Read More