– The Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria
described the area as “killing fields”, like the ones the Khmer Rouge
created in Cambodia to exterminate the population.
– “We are Aramaic people and we don’t
have this right to have anyone protect us? Look upon us as frogs, we’ll accept
that — just protect us so we can stay in our land”. — Nicodemus Daoud
Sharaf, the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan,
home to many of the Christians who fled jihadis, National Catholic
Register, April 7, 2017.
– In an era of round-the-clock
information… the abominations suffered by Christians have been left without
images, while the brutality against the Chinese pig was streamed all over. Christians are an endangered
species; pigs are not.
– One of the last Nigerian Christians was
executed by an Islamic State child soldier. Slaughterhouses’ workers go on
trial in France for abuses to animals. But the same France has already
repatriated more than 250 ISIS fighters, the same people who turn Iraqi
churches into slaughterhouses.
First there was the beheading of 11 Nigerian Christians during the recent Christmas celebration. The
next day, a Catholic woman, Martha Bulus, was beheaded in the Nigerian state of Borno with her bridesmaids, five
days before the wedding. Then there was a raid on the village of Gora-Gan in
the Nigerian state of Kaduna, where terrorists shot anyone they met in the
square where the evangelical community had gathered, killing two young Christian women. There was also a Christian student killed by Islamic extremists who recorded his execution. Then pastor
Lawan Andimi, a local leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria, was beheaded.
“Every day”, says Father Joseph Bature Fidelis, of the Diocese of Maiduguri, “Our
brothers and sisters are slaughtered in the streets. Please help us not be
silent in the face of this immense extermination that is taking place in
The Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria described the area as “killing fields”, like the ones the Khmer Rouge
created in Cambodia to exterminate the population. Most of the 4,300 Christians killed for their faith during the last year came from
Nigeria. Nina Shea, an expert in Religious Freedom, recently wrote:
“An ongoing Islamic extremist project to exterminate Christians in
sub-Saharan Africa is even more brutal and more consequential for the Church
than it is in the Middle East, the place where Christians suffered ISIS
‘genocide’, as the U.S. government officially designated.”
Unfortunately, the murder of these Christians during the last month has
been largely ignored by the Western media. “A slow-motion war is under way
in Africa’s most populous country. It’s a massacre of Christians, massive in
scale and horrific in brutality and the world has hardly noticed”, wrote the French philosopher, Bernard Henri Lévy.
While Christians were murdered in Nigeria, the global media ran a story
of a pig being tied up and shoved off a bungee tower at a new theme park in
China. The story went viral on BBC, The Independent, The New York
Times, Sky News, Deutsche Welle and many other mainstream media outlets. The Chinese pig got more media
coverage than any of these murdered Christians in Nigeria. You often have to
search for these martyrs on local African sites. “Pig Bungee Jumping Stunt
In China Prompts Global Outcry”, wrote the Huffington Post. Where has been the global outcry for the serial butchering of
Christians just because they are Christians?
The killing of a gorilla in a Cincinnati zoo, committed to save a child’s life,
triggered more emotion and media coverage than the beheading of 21 Christians on a beach in Libya while they invoked the name of
Jesus in Arabic and whispered prayers. ABC, CBS and NBC devoted six times more coverage to the death of one gorilla than they did on
the mass execution of Christians.
“The world prefers to worry about pandas rather than about us,
threatened with extinction in the land where we were born”, said Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul as well
as a refugee in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, home to many of the
Christians who fled jihadis. When the Archbishop said that four years ago, it
looked as if it were just provocation to shock Western public opinion. But
Archbishop Sharaf was right.
“In Australia they take care of frogs. One of our Syriac citizens,
who’s a builder, bought land, took money from a bank and wanted to build houses
and sell them. Then when he wanted to get a certificate to build, in the middle
of the land, he came across a hole with eight frogs in it. The government of
Sydney told him: ‘You can’t build on this land’. He said: ‘But I’ve taken money
from the bank and I must get to work’ and they pushed him to build in another
place, making him pay $1.4 million to build a different place for these eight
frogs. And yet we are the last people who speak Jesus’ language. We are Aramaic
people and we don’t have this right to have anyone protect us? Look upon us as
frogs, we’ll accept that — just protect us so we can stay in our land”.
In an era of round-the-clock information on our mobile phones,
computers, televisions and social media, the abominations suffered by
Christians have been left without images, while the brutality against the Chinese
pig was streamed all over. Christians are an endangered species; pigs are not.
“The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has several
categories to define the danger of extinction that various species face
today”, according to Benedict Kiely, the founder of Nasarean.org, which helps the Christians
of the Middle East.
“Using a percentage of population decline, the categories range
from ‘vulnerable species’ (a 30-50 per cent decline), to ‘critically
endangered’ (80-90 per cent) and finally to extinction. The Christian
population of Iraq has shrunk by 83 per cent, putting it in the category of
If you search for a cover dedicated to this extinction you have to go on
the confessional media, such as the British weekly Catholic Herald,
which just noted
“The end of Iraqi Christianity?” Or the French Catholic media, La
Croix, telling the story of Syrian Christians:
“Before the start of the civil war in 2012, 20,000 Assyrians
populated the banks of the Khabur, a river that crosses northeastern Syria and
flows into the Euphrates. The occupation of part of the region by Isis in 2015
forced the majority into exile. The Khabur is today a dead valley”.
One of the last Nigerian Christians was executed by an Islamic State child soldier. Slaughterhouses’ workers go on trial
in France for abuses to animals. But the same France has already repatriated more than 250 ISIS fighters, the same people who turn Iraqi churches
Western media stirred global indignation about Russia’s laws against
“homosexual propaganda” prior to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. But the same Western media
never protested the Islamist regimes that punish people with the death for
converting to Christianity or countries where Christians are threatened with
death if they do not convert to Islam.
Mauro Armanino, a priest of the Society for African Missions in Niger,
who describes a situation of open genocide, writes:
“The repeated threats to the Christian communities in the border
area with Burkina Faso have achieved the aim they set: to decapitate the
communities and then fall prey to the fear of professing faith in Sunday
prayers in the chapels….On Tuesday, January 14, in a village not far from
Bomoanga, which, for over a year, has helplessly witnessed the kidnapping of
Father Pierluigi Maccalli, a group of criminals who went to settle the scores
with the chief nurse who works in a dispensary in the area, took the nephew from
his home and was beheaded. In Bomoanga people no longer go to church on
These persecuted Christians feel more and more alone in a world that
sees them as intruders. They are as if suspended in a limbo, between an amnesic
and weak West and a rising radical Islam. There seems to be no way to push the
Western world to become aware of this tragedy that no one talks about and which
could have fatal consequences for the future of our civilization.
“Out of fatigue or shame, or both, we close our eyes”, writes Franz-Olivier Giesbert.
“Does the life of Christians from East, Africa or Asia count for a
negligible amount? This is a question that we have the right to ask when we see
the place that our dear media give to the killings and discrimination that
Catholics and Protestants are subjected to on the planet: nothing or almost
nothing, with a few happy exceptions. It is our hypocrisy that feeds the clash
So, shall we now return to our hypocritical indignation about the
cruelty inflicted on Chinese pigs?
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