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Nigerian student recalls the night 10 family members were killed in front of her

Blessing
When 23-year-old student Blessing Kogi returned home on Thursday 27 September, she was full of joy, expecting to spend a restful evening with her family in their quiet, residential neighbourhood of Rukuba Road, in the south-western outskirts of Jos, the capital of Nigeria’s Plateau state. Twelve members of her family . . . Read More

Asia Bibi appeal complainant not even present at time of her alleged ‘blasphemy’

Asia Bibi with Punjab Governor, Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated for supporting her case. (Photo: Office of the Governor of Punjab)
Asia Bibi’s final appeal against her execution in the Supreme Court of Pakistan went on for more than two hours. Below, World Watch Monitor provides details of what was said. Asia Bibi’s appeal hearing on 8 October took place before a three-member bench – Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif . . . Read More

1,000 days since kidnap of 84-year-old doctor in Burkina Faso, family plea for freedom

1,000 days since kidnap of 84-year-old doctor in Burkina Faso, family plea for freedom
It’s over a thousand days now since an Australian doctor, Ken Elliott, was kidnapped in Djibo, Burkina Faso, on 15 January, 2016. His abduction was claimed by the ‘Emirate of the Sahara’, a branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Dr. Elliott, with his wife, had run a 120-bed . . . Read More

Kenya: Two Christian teachers killed by suspected Al-Shabaab attackers

The house near Arabia Boys Secondary school, where the two non-local teachers died after an attack suspected Al-Shabaab militants last week. (Photo: Facebook)
By Fredrick Nzwili Two Christian school teachers were killed in an attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Kenya’s Mandera County, near the Somali border, last week. Philip Okumu, 26, and Daniel Wekesa 39, died on Wednesday (10 October) after assailants raided the house for non-local teachers in Arabia Boys Secondary, . . . Read More

Nigerian Islamist extremists kill aid worker ‘for work for Red Cross’; Christians ‘slaves for life’

Nigerian Islamist extremists kill aid worker ‘for work for Red Cross’; Christians ‘slaves for life’
In Nigeria, a faction of Boko Haram – the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) – has killed a second aid worker kidnapped 8 months ago. It’s also threatened to keep 15 year old Leah Sharibu and Alice Loksha Ngaddah, a Christian nurse with UNICEF and mother of two ( . . . Read More