Faith of Christians in Niger grows after severe persecution at the hand of agitated Protesting Muslims.
According to media reports, Christians in Niger are gladly meeting in homes under the protection provided by police while they prepare to reconstruct church buildings and houses after attacks in recent past days. These Christians had to face unprecedented attacks triggered by controversial caricatures. The infuriated protestors burnt down at least 72 churches, Christian homes looted Christian organisations vandalised what’s more Christians were attacked.
A Missionary couple in Niamey writes, “Nothing of this magnitude has ever happened in this nation. Nearly every church in the capital city of Niamey was burned or looted, along with some schools and orphanages and several other churches and Christian homes throughout the nation.”
The angry protesting Muslims were protesting controversial caricatures published in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as they destroyed 72 church buildings and killed at least 10 people in attacks that began in Zinder on January 16 and later spread out to Niamey.
Mai’aki Kadaidai- President of the Evangelical Church in the Niger Republic (EERN), claims that the total of ruined church structures is 68, however the final count remains uncertain. “This is the first time we are witnessing violence of this magnitude against the church and Christians,” he said. “In all, 68 churches were destroyed across five regions of Agadez, Damagaram, Diffa, Maradi, Zinder, and in our country’s capital city of Niamey. The Muslim rioters destroyed five of our [EERN] churches, destroyed four homes of our pastors and many of our members were adversely affected,” he added.