Religious Freedom is Under Attack Around The World

Christianity Is Under Attack Around The World

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Fulani herdsmen have killed more than 6,000 Christians in Nigeria so far this year, the Christian Association of Nigeria in Plateau State alleges, and have been allowed to escape scot-free by government security. The violence may be rooted in disputes over land rights—the mostly Muslim Fulani herdsmen are increasingly cut off from grazing routes by Christian farming communities—but it appears increasingly sectarian.

“There is no doubt that the sole purpose of these attacks is aimed at ethnic cleansing, land grabbing and forceful ejection of the Christian natives from their ancestral land and heritage,” the Christian Association charged in its June statement. It described the violence as “pure genocide.”

Nigeria represents only one location of the many violent conflicts over religion today. In perhaps the worst example, hundreds of thousands of Muslims, known as Rohingya, were driven out of Myanmar in August last year after a murderous campaign of ethnic cleansing allegedly orchestrated by state security forces.

Almost 300 Rohingya villages were destroyed and as many as 6,700 villagers were killed. Now Rohingya refugees remain precariously encamped in Bangladesh, with a safe return to their homes an uncertain prospect.

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