January marked the anniversary of shocking riots that blazed across Niger in 2015 when radicalised Muslim mobs targeted Christian property, burned churches, looted pastors’ homes, and created a picture of hell on earth for the country’s tiny Christian minority.
On 16 and 17 January, angry protests erupted across all of Niger’s major cities, from the capital of Niamey to Maradi, from Zinder to Goure, and beyond, just nine days after the deadly Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, France.
Today, Christians in Niger are still picking up the pieces. Most churches destroyed one year ago still worshipped this past Sunday under charred and rickety roofs, congregations assembled in semi-permanent shelters, and pastors prepared sermons still without their theological libraries, many of which were lost to looters.
Nigerien Christians continue to face challenges as they experience the reality that Jesus promised that his followers would be hated. Niger stands situated in West Africa amidst a rising climate of Muslim extremism and animosity towards Christians.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Pray for the comfort of friends and family of the victims who were murdered during the Niger attack; pray for their emotional and spiritual healing.
- Praise God for the faithfulness of the Christians in the area who are determined to meet together despite the potential of further opposition.
- Pray for the surviving victims to heal not just in body, but also in mind and spirit; pray they may be proud and courageous witnesses for the Gospel.