Baroness Cox’s Easter Message in The Times

29 April 2019

On Saturday 27th April, The Times newspaper published an article by Baroness Cox. In the article, she discussed the recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka and shed light on the inconsistency of media reporting on various persecuted Christian communities around the world. 

“On Easter Sunday suicide bombers killed at least 253 people and injured more than 500 at churches and top-end hotels across Sri Lanka. “There are no words with which I can console my people,” the Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, said in the wake of the attacks. “I don’t know what to say to them. I try. I tried to go to their funerals, and I tried to embrace them and tell them I am with them, but I have no words to say. I am suffering with them.”

During the same weekend there were many Christians being massacred in Nigeria — in Benue, Nasawara and elsewhere — whose fate did not hit the headlines. For years vulnerable farming communities in northern and central-belt states have been targeted by well-armed Islamist Boko Haram militants and, more recently, by Fulani militia. Their churches are burnt. They are massacred, raped or forced to flee. “We are not safe in our homes,” the Archbishop of Jos, Ben Kwashi, told me. “I am raising an alarm — if your government will listen. Lord in your mercy.”

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