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Deadliest place to be a Christian: Nigeria

Charlie Butts   ( Friday, May 31, 2013

Seventy percent of Christians killed around the world in 2012 died in the African country of Nigeria, where the persecution continues today.

"I think the actual number is 900 Christians were killed in 2012 in Nigeria," reports William Stark of International Christian Concern (ICC). "This year, it's something like 150 [killed] at this point."

Boko Haram, a Muslim terrorist group, has taken credit for persecuting Christians in Nigeria, mostly in the northern region of the country.

ICC recently reported the murder of a Nigerian pastor, Faye Pama Musa. He was followed home by suspected Boko Haram militants, who pulled the pastor from his home and shot him.

Goodluck Jonathan, the president of Nigeria, has declared an emergency in the northern states, including where Musa was killed, and he has committed the military to go up against the terrorists.

So far, the U.S. Department of State has refused to declare Boko Haram a terrorist group. Secretary of State John Kerry (D-MA) recently chastised Nigeria for its human rights abuses but also said the country has a right to protect itself against Boko Haram, Stark recalls.

But if that designation is granted, assets can be frozen and other steps taken to shut down or reduce the flow of money to finance the terrorist organization's activities.

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