Nairobi, 16 August, 2022 / 9:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Christians in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and in many other African countries experiencing religious persecution are being forced to practice their faith in hiding for fear of attacks, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.
In a report issued ahead of the August 22 International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion, the Executive President of ACN, Thomas Heine-Geldern, calls for the international community to pay attention to the rife intolerance and discrimination against religious groups, predominately Christians in various parts of the world, with growing extremism in Africa.
“You don’t have to be murdered to be a victim; it is enough to have your basic freedoms restricted. Christians in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso, to name just a few, live practically in ghettos, and practice their faith underground,” Mr. Heine-Geldern is quoted as saying in the Monday, August 15 report.
He adds, “The greatest tragedy of all is the indifference of so many in the face of religious persecution. We cannot be silent in this situation.”
In the report, the ACN official appeals to the international community to remember the victims of religious extremism who suffer in multiple ways on the International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion.