Bishop Oliver Doeme, who leads the Catholic Maiduguri diocese in Nigeria, one of the most hard-hit by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, has told of heart breaking stories of Christians who are hiding in caves, being forced to convert to Islam by the Boko Hram militants and facing starvation.
Bishop Doeme of Maiduguri wrote a report to charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about the ongoing violence Christians are facing at the hands of radicals. In his report he writes, “We use to think that salt is the cheapest commodity in the market, well, life is cheaper now, especially in the Northeastern part of Nigeria.”
“The last one month has seen the intensification and aggressive devastation of the Boko Haram activities in Northern, Central and Southern part of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri,” Bishop Doeme said.
“Many of our people are being forced out of their ancestral homes, villages and towns. Right now, thousands of Christians are living in caves on the mountains, some in the forest; the few who were able to escape are being absorbed by friends and relatives in Maiduguri, Mubi and Yola. Thousands have managed to escape into the Cameroon and are living under very difficult conditions of lack of food, shelter and medication.”