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Baroness Cox highlights 'unbelievable faith' of Nigerian Christian communities facing persecution

by Alex Collett

Brutalities continue to escalate towards Christian communities in Nigeria.

The recent reign of terror inflicted by Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) is well-documented. 

However the escalation of attacks by Islamist Fulani militia against predominantly Christian communities within the Middle Belt of the country is less known.

Founder of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) and a member of the House of Lords, Baroness Caroline Cox, recently visited the country and has produced a report to highlight the severity of the situation.

It is estimated that tens-of=thousands have been killed or wounded in horrific terrorist attacks and millions displaced.

Baroness Caroline Cox  said even through the atrocities, their faith in God is incredible: "I had the privilege of meeting survivors and they shared stories with me about the suffering of the people. 

"We spoke to a young man, when he was smaller, about three, his family were under attack. 

"His mother hid him in the barrel of a drum, so he wouldn't be found.

"He was in there for three days.

 "I asked him what it was like being in that drum, he said, 'It was fine, God was with me.'

"Unbelievable faith."

Baroness Cox also shared a story of brutality: "On a previous visit, I visited a village, which had been attacked by Islam is Fulani and young mum, with a six year old daughter tried to run away, but the village was surrounded. 

"So they were captured, they slashed a mother with a machete, they cut off her finger, she then passed out. 

"When she came round, her little daughter, six was dead next to her with the mother's finger stuck in her mouth.

"It is brutal."

"Another woman, was nearly be-headed, they've ruined her arm and she has suffered horrific torture."

Churches and houses have been burnt down and Baroness Cox wants to help rebuild them.

Baroness Cox said: "We have to get education health care to these displaced people. 

"So would you sponsor education vans and health care vans.

"One of the education vans arrived in one of these remote areas and the kids are just so ecstatic, that they're all smiling. 

"They're holding up the exercise books and crayons, it's transformational. 

"We haven't as yet raised the money for the healthcare vans, but that's a work in progress at the moment. 

"There's a desperate need for health care too, and they can't get to clinics, it's already been destroyed. 

"So, the needs are huge, but the faith is amazing.

"Please do remember and pray for the people of Nigeria."

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