Persecution Report: Nigeria and South Sudan
Attacks continue on Nigerian Christians of Godogodo in Kaduna State, about 100 miles north of Nigeria’s capital of Abuja according to the latest persecution reports by Open Doors.
"Local media reports indicate that at least seven people have died since last Friday. Joint Task Force members and some youths have been able to prevent further bloodshed, but the situation remains very explosive. The attacks caused widespread displacement among the Christians and the army has been criticized for not doing enough to protect residents."
Southeast of Nigeria, in South Sudan, violence continues as peace agreements reached last year have broken down.
"The armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), led by former First Vice President Riek Machar, issued a statement on Sept 25th declaring war on what he called, “the authoritarian and racist regime of President Salva Kiir.” The call has been widely condemned and IGAD, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, has vowed to send a protection force with UN backing. The continuing tension bodes ill for civilians, who once more are bearing the brunt of their leaders' failure to honor their agreements. The situation in the world’s youngest nation is not directly related to persecution, but Christians here faced decades of war and atrocities from the Islamic government of Sudan before it chose to secede in 2011."