Nairobi, 03 January, 2020 / 8:02 pm (ACI Africa).
The President of the international Catholic pastoral charitable organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Thomas Heine-Beldern, has described the just ended year, 2019, as a year with a significantly high record of attacks targeting Christians across the globe, including Africa where Christians have been murdered in West Africa.
“2019 was a year of martyrs, one of the bloodiest for Christians in history,” ACN President Heine-Beldern observed in his initial assessment about last year shared with ACI Africa Thursday, January 2.
Reviewing the situation of Africa in 2019, the head of ACN, also a pontifical foundation, took note of the West African countries of Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
“On Christmas Eve, Kwarangulum, a village in the state of Borno that is inhabited by Christians, was attacked by jihadists,” Heine-Beldern stated and added in reference to Nigeria’s Borno state, “Seven people were shot dead, a young woman was kidnapped and the houses and the church were burned down.”
Expressing his deep concerns following the Christmas Day murder of 11 in Nigeria, the Executive President remarked, “A faction of IS released a video that they claimed showed the execution of ten Christians and a Muslim in north-eastern Nigeria. We are deeply distressed by this. We are celebrating while others are in mourning and live in fear.”