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Report: 8,000 Nigerian Christians killed or kidnapped last year

A new report released by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), more than 5,000 Christians were killed last year in Nigeria while more than 3,000 were kidnapped. The report is released as certain advocates of religious freedom claim that the mistreatment of Christians in the African country is tantamount to genocide. The estimates as per the report were based on a wide range of sources including governmental reports, NGO statistics, media outlets and estimates made by diplomats. The report further states than more than 1,000 Christians have already been killed this year in the country.

The Daily Wire reports:

A new report has estimated that over 5,000 Nigerian Christians were killed in 2022 while over 3,000 were kidnapped.

The report, put out by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), comes as some religious freedom advocates have said that the persecution of Christians in the African nation should be seen as genocide.

“[Intersociety] is emotionally dedicating this special investigative Report to 1,041 slain and disappeared victims of the Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen and other Jihadists’ genocidal attacks carried out across Nigeria in the first 100 days of 2023,” the report says. “The under-listed slain and wounded victims also represent 5,068 others slain or caused to disappear without traces till date by Nigerian Jihadists in 2022.”

The estimates were based on reports from a variety of sources, including media outlets, government reports, nongovernmental organizations statistics, and estimates from diplomats.
The report also said that over 1,000 Christians have been killed in 2023.

Intersociety said that the violence was most prevalent in the states of Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, Niger, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, and Kebbi, according to The Christian Post. Violence has long plagued the African country, with the northern part being more Islamic and the southern region more Christian.

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