Christian girls gang raped in Nigeria

A Nigerian Christian prays in church. Nigeria is ranked seventh on the Open Doors World Watch List of nations the place Christians face essentially the most persecution.Open Doors

Women in elements of Nigeria are being raped as a part of a “technique to completely destroy Christian communities”, Open Doors has warned.

On 29 July, 4 younger girls have been kidnapped by armed militants from their properties within the village of Angwan Aku, southern Kaduna state, and forcibly raped by a number of males.

One of the victims, 18, described the assault: “We have been quick asleep once we heard a loud bang on our door.

“They compelled their manner in, then ordered my husband to lie down on the bottom whereas my lower than one-year-old little one was screaming on the high of his voice.

“They took me away whereas I struggled and begged for my sick little one. They compelled me away, hitting me with the AK47 rifle [butt] on my left eye.

“They joined me with the opposite women they’ve already taken from varied places within the village. It was nonetheless raining after they took us away from our village on 5 motorbikes.”

Another of the ladies, aged 25, described being given the selection of rape or kidnap for ransom. 

“They requested us to decide on to both be raped by gang members or to have our family members kidnapped for ransom,” she mentioned.

“We advised them our mother and father are too poor and may’t afford ransom, in order that they took us away on their bike to Kutura and raped us repeatedly all evening, doing to us no matter they favored.”

After their ordeal, the ladies have been dumped within the bush close to their village. 

An Open Doors accomplice within the area, who can’t be named for safety causes, mentioned that the rape of ladies has turn into a technique to assault “all that [Christians] maintain in excessive regard”.

“If they cannot discover the lads to kill, they rape the ladies. That manner they create a long-lasting impact on Christian households,” the supply defined.

Open Doors is offering trauma counselling and medical assist to the ladies.

Nigeria is quantity 7 on the Open Doors World Watch List of the highest 50 international locations the place Christians endure the worst persecution for his or her religion.

Figures from the charity present that final yr practically half (49%) of rapes carried out all over the world for faith-related causes occurred in Africa, with nearly all of these being in Nigeria. 

In the identical interval, no less than 4,650 Christians in Nigeria have been killed for religion associated causes and no less than 2,510 have been kidnapped.

A recent report by the Observatory for Religious Freedom in Africa (ORFA) discovered that Christians in Nigeria are 10 instances extra more likely to be killed in jihadist assaults than Muslims.



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