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Cameroon: Thousands Fleeing from Increased Boko Haram Attacks

January 21, 2015 by Janelle P in

The government of Cameroon told the Associated Press that more than 10,000 people are fleeing from increased Boko Haram attacks in regions bordering with Nigeria. Boko Haram is an Islamic terrorist group.

The minister of territorial administration and decentralization Rene Emmanuel Sadi said Tuesday insurgents are looting food supplies and stealing livestock, and a humanitarian and food crisis looms.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the mass killings in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened more violence.

As many as 2,000 civilians were killed and 3,700 homes and businesses were destroyed in the Jan. 3 attack on the town near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

Shekau took responsibility for the killings in a video posted on YouTube Tuesday, the same day International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she is examining the allegations of mass killings and will prosecute those most responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Nigeria.

“We are the ones who fought the people of Baga, and we have killed them with such a killing as he (Allah) commanded us in his book,” Shekau said. “This is just the beginning of the killings. What you’ve just witnessed is a tip of the iceberg. More deaths are coming.

“This will mark the end of politics and democracy in Nigeria,” he warned as the country gears up for critical Feb. 14 presidential elections.

In 2014 Open Doors assisted Christians displaced by Boko Haram violence in northern Cameroon, but the increased insecurity is expected to place them under even more pressure.
The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in northern Nigeria has hit the 1.5 million mark due to the ongoing insurgency.

Nigeria is ranked No. 10 on the 2015 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians which was released earlier this month. Last year a total of 2,484 Christians were martyred in Nigeria, the highest total of any country in the world.

Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.

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