IRAQ'S RELIGIOUS MINORITIES SIT ON THE EDGE OF EXTINCTION
Christians, Yazidis, Shia, Shabat and other ancient religious minorities were targeted by ISIS because they had a different faith or interpretation of Islam. The cruelty of the crimes used to carry out the genocide was horrific. Family members killed in front of each other, thousands of women sold into slavery. Now, these innocent people need relief to remain in their historic homelands.
Members of our team have been to Iraq multiple timesn and seen . Read our reports and learn about what needs to be done to help ensure ISIS genocide against Christians, Yazidis and others is not a success.
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STATUS OF FREEDOM
IN-DEPTH REPORTING AND ANALYSIS FROM THE FRONT LINES OF ADVANCING INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
NIGERIA'S PEOPLE OF FAITH EXPERIENCE VIOLENCE AND MARGINALIZATION
Religious minorities in Nigeria face many challenges. It is a large country, roughly evenly split between Muslims and Christians and sitting at the intersection of an Islamic north Africa and Christian Sub-Saharan Africa.
Marginalization can happen by denying a particular person a promotion, a place in school, or a scholarship simply because of the religious group they come from. Boko Haram committed religious cleansing of Christians in the North East, before it turned its efforts at destroying the majority of local Muslims who opposed its violence. After nearly 7 million people displaced, hundreds of churches and more mosques destroyed, there is a food insecurity crisis. In the Middle Belt, impunity is allowing extreme escalating violence that is falling along ethno-religious fault lines, and Shia Muslims are being repressed and have their rights denied by the government.
To confront the international risks a fractured Nigeria will create, the US should appoint a Special Coordinator to confront the multi-sector challenges.