Bank building destroyed by Boko Haram in Adamawa State, Nigeria.
Destruction and total annihilation is what Boko Haram and Islamic State (IS) have in common. The picture shown above is sadly a telling sign in Nigeria that Boko Haram have arrived, killing and destroying everything in their path.
Boko Haram and IS have a common agenda: to annihilate anything that does not fit with their Islamic ideology.
Who is Boko Haram?
Boko Haram are found in northern Nigeria. They are an Islamic extremist group who want to eradicate western influence, or anything does not fit with their ideology. They specifically target Christians. In 2014, around 200 school girls were abducted. The leader, Abubakar, was quoted saying, “I abducted your girls, I will sell them in the market, by Allah. I will sell them off and marry them off.” (Source: BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-18020349)
Who is IS?
IS are found heavily in Syria and Iraq but are also having a wider influence in places like Egypt, Nigeria and throughout the Middle East as more and more extremist groups turn to them for support. Their goal is to make an Islamic state that imposes their rendition of Islam.
What can we do?
It’s easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed by what is happening in places like Iraq and Nigeria, and then don’t do anything about it. This is what we cannot allow ourselves to do.
There are four ways we can help our persecuted brothers and sisters today.
On behalf of persecuted Christians, may we thank you for your partnership and support.