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The Church Under Attack

The people of Nigeria, particularly the Diocese of Maiduguri have endured some of the worst atrocities.

Their churches desecrated; their loved ones slaughtered – and not to mention the women, girls and young men who have been kidnapped or forced into suicide missions.

There are still around 120 Chibok schoolgirls being held in captivity and their whereabouts are unknown.

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But it is not just Boko Haram which is causing misery for Nigeria’s Christians – nomadic local Fulani tribesmen are attacking towns and villages, and on the back page young seminarian Michael Abrak recounts how his home town was devastated by them.

Problems like these facing the African Church explain why in 2016 around 27.5 percent of ACN’s help went to the Church in Africa, where there has been a growth in aggressive Islamism – and not just in Nigeria but also in Kenya, Tanzania and even Madagascar. 

In spite of all the persecution, the Church appreciates your support – and the local Church was overjoyed by the recent visit from ACN. Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndgoso of Kaduna said: “Your solidarity visit gives us hope and courage. We are immensely indebted to all of you who took the risk to come and show concrete solidarity with us. Please be assured of our continued spiritual support and cooperation in your commitment to help the Church in need wherever she exists.”

How You Can Help

Aid to the Church in Need is working with Church partners in northern Nigeria to offer pastoral help for victims of atrocities, trauma counselling, developing inter-faith cooperation and teaching catechists.


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