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November 13th, 2019

Nigerian armed forces release 86 more children from inhamane detention centres

In our latest blog, we touched upon the unjust detention of children who are suspected of being members of the extremist group, Boko Haram by the Nigerian armed forces. Last week Human Rights Watch reported the positive news that 86 more children had been released from the inhumane conditions....

November 11th, 2019

An Education Crisis: why are so many Nigerian children missing out on school?

Out of almost 83 million under 15 years olds in Nigeria, 13.2 million are out of school. UNICEF found that one in every five children out of school globally are from Nigeria. Currently in Nigeria, 94.7 million people are living in extreme poverty (living on under $1.90 per day) and education is one essential tool for anyone, anywhere to have an opportunity to escape it....

November 1st, 2019

The rise of deadly extremism in Nigeria

Violence has been rife in Nigeria for over 30 years. However the combination of a growing population and a mix of weather related factors has lead to a significant increase in ethnoreligious attacks in the last decade. Northern Nigeria and the middle-belt have been sieged as Hausa ethnicity dominated regions and heavily dominated by groups such as Boko Haram and other militant Islam groups....

August 16th, 2019

Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi talks Christian Persecution in the Times

  HART partner, Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi from the Diocese of Jos recently spoke to the Times about the sacrifices he has had to make in order to stand by his faith. “Few places are as deadly as central Nigeria. For years villages on the front line between Islam in the North and Christianity in the South have been victims of the fighting between Muslim militants and Christians determined to protect their lives and rights.” “Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi lives in the middle of the conflict zone, in the city of Jos…” To read the full article, click here....

August 7th, 2019

August 2019 Update: The situation in North and Central-belt Nigeria

Background In northern and central Nigeria, Fulani militants continue to engage in an aggressive land-grabbing policy. They seek to replace diversity and difference with a monochrome ideology (similar to Boko Haram’s) that is imposed with violence on those who refuse to comply....

July 12th, 2019

Baroness Cox talks religious persecution in the HoL

On Thursday 11th July, Baroness Cox spoke in the House of Lords on accounts of religious persecution that she has witnessed first hand in Sudan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Watch the video on youtube here and read the full transcript below:   Debate: Religious Persecution 11 July 2019 Baroness Cox’s speech: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Elton, on initiating this timely debate and on his comprehensive opening speech....

June 28th, 2019

The Health Crises caused by the Rise of Boko Haram

Boko Haram is a group which originated with its opposition to Western values and education with Boko Haram being roughly translated as ‘Western Education is Sinful’ but has now evolved into a group which uses violence to achieve these goals by attacking Christians in Northern Nigeria....

June 18th, 2019

Children used as suicide bombers in triple attack on Nigeria

On June 17, at least 30 people were killed and 40 injured in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno – the largest mass killing this year by Islamist militants, according to Reuters. UNICEF has condemned the use of children as suicide bombers in the attack on Monday, confirming that two underage girls and a boy blew themselves up at a community viewing football centre in the Konduga area of Borno State....

June 2nd, 2019

Latest Humanitarian Report on Nigeria: March – May 2019 Briefing

In the countries where our partners work, human rights issues, political events and humanitarian crises rarely reach international headlines. We have put together briefings sourcing the latest humanitarian reports and news from the past three months in Sudan, Nigeria, South Sudan, Burma, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh, which we will be releasing this week....

May 9th, 2019

Baroness Cox talks persecution of Christians in Nigeria

On Thursday 9th May, Baroness Cox (crossbench) asked the British Government to acknowledge that the scale and asymmetry of attacks against Christians in Nigeria has an ideological basis. Since the Fulani insurgency began, thousands of Christians have been targeted and killed....
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