From February through mid-March, as many as 280 people in Christian communities in northern and middle Nigeria were killed in attacks.
and Boko Haram continue to attack Christians in the country — in 2018, there were thousands killed.
Last week, 52 women and children were killed and 100 homes
on the Inkirimi and Dogonnoma villages in Maro, Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA), according to the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Thousands are displaced after so much violence has forced them to flee their homes. People who survived recent attacks have appeared in photos with machete wounds and burns from fires,
an advocacy group supporting Christians worldwide.
Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst in the world for Christian persecution, according to the
. Parts of Nigeria treat Christians as second-class citizens and many face persecution from their own families, Open Doors USA says.
The southern part of the country has a bit more respect for religious freedom, advocates say.
Nigerians recently went to the polls to elect a new president and chose Muhammadu Buhari, 76, from the All Progressives Congress, according to the BBC. The candidate representing the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar,
, Reuters reported today.
there were irregularities. Buhari’s campaign says the vote was free and fair,