Nairobi, 27 December, 2021 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The number of Christian women and girls kidnapped and forced to change their religion has grown “in the last few years” in a number of African countries, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.
A new ACN report on kidnapping, forced conversion and sexual victimization of Christian women and girls lists Egypt, Mozambique and Nigeria among countries experiencing most religious-based atrocities in the world.
The leadership of ACN International announced the launch of the fresh report, “Hear Her Cries”, in a Tuesday, November 23 Communiqué, noting that the report will be the first of its kind to focus on the phenomenon of young women who are seized, because of their sex and religion.
The report, the leadership of ACN notes, focuses on a number of countries where Christians are persecuted and provides “case studies from these nations.”
“Research for the report suggested that in the countries under examination, not only are women from minority faith groups particularly susceptible to attack, but often Christian women are targeted most by militants,” the charity foundation says.