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New report finds 1,000 Christians killed in Nigeria this year

A new report has highlighted the atrocities against Christians in Nigeria over the past 12 months.

The report by The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) found that 1,000 Christians have been killed since January 2019 and estimate that more than 6,000 Christians have died since 2015.

The charity has named Islamist Fulani militia the cause of all these tragic deaths in the report entitled "Your Land Or Your Blood".

Baroness Caroline Cox, founder and CEO of the organisation told Premier’s News Hour it's an extremely dire situation that has been escalating for about three years.

"Fulani who have been attacking the Christian villages and land grab, and they attack, they burn, they kill, they carry out atrocities, they drive the Christians off their land," she said.

"And that's why it's 'your land', you give us or 'we will kill you', and it's your blood. It's been happening on a huge scale, and one of the terrifying things is not just killings, but it's the most murderous atrocities, which are designed to drive people off their land because of terrorism."

The report, which details the escalating persecution and displacement of Christians in northern and central Nigeria, found that Christian pastors and community heads are specifically targeted and hundreds of churches have been destroyed.

Baroness Cox told Premier’s News Hour the government has been inactive in the situation.

"There are thousands and thousands of people who have been driven off the land with these terrible atrocities taking place. They're just displaced people.

"The government seems to do nothing to protect them when the attacks take place because they have a policy that before they intervene, they have to get permission from the head of the state and that has to give the head of Nigeria, and that has to come back, by the time it comes back the killings have taken place and the Fulani have gone."

She called for the Nigerian government to provide for the displaced people and keep to account those carrying out the "horrendous attacks".

Baroness Cox also asked for Christian to pray that those who are suffering will be comforted and the Nigerian government will fulfil its responsibility in the situation.

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