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Nigeria is the largest country in Africa by population. Demographically it is half Christian and half Muslim (see below). Sectarian violence has been the norm for the last 15 years, but due to recent drought those sectarian differences have been leveraged by Islamic terrorists (Boko Haram) and has destabilized the Muslim majority in northern and eastern portions of the country. Christian villages have been targeted and Muslims unwilling to engage in genocide have themselves been slaughtered. 100,00 people have been killed. There are over 8.1 million unaccompanied or orphaned children. 14 million people are in need of assistance. 

According to our sources within the Nigerian government and confirmed by Amnesty International, there are over 2000 women and children being held in sexual bondage by the Boko Haram, some sources place this as high as 9,000. This situation has no easy solution as they are scattered in remote areas of the countries of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.

As they escape or are released these mothers are sometimes rejected by their families and home communities because they have born children by their captors. Personhood Alliance in partnership with local Church representatives has developed a program of aid, shelter, counseling and skills training that is designed to bring hope to these widows and fatherless children.  

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Source: UNOCHA | November 2016
   

432,000  

Homes affected(Severely damaged or destroyed)
 

100,000 +

People killed, injured/missing  

8.1 MillionVulnerable children

Vulnerable Children, Unaccompanied/Orphans
 

24 Million

people affected

14 Million

In need of assistance
 

1.8 Million

Displaced persons

Other Facts:

   
  • Nigeria is the largest country in Africa by population.
  • It has the third most internally displaced persons (IDP's) in the world, behind only Syria and Sudan.
  • The largest man-made famine in the world due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
  • 49.6% Christian located primarily in the south
  • 49.3% Muslim located primarily in the north
  • The Boko Haram are Muslim extremists who have been labeled by the UN as the most violent extremists in the world. They are responsible for four times as many deaths as ISIS and ISIL combined.

The following proposal is offered by the largest church denomination in the affected region (EWCA). Our joint partnership seeks to minister the love of Christ Jesus to those most vulnerable widows and fatherless children.

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPOSAL PRESENTED TO PERSONHOOD

BY ECWA ON PROLIFE-AID TO VICTIMS OF THE BOKO HARAM

 

Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA)  is a church of over 8 million Members which is mainly northern Nigerian based, but with a strong presence too in the southern part of Nigeria. Because the ECWA Church has penetrated the Muslim Core North and evangelized them, with many Hausa / Fulani indigenous Christian converts, many from a Muslim background, the church is considered the greatest threat to Islamic North, a fact that the head of Nigerian Muslim once alluded to in one of their forums.

EMS of  ECWA is the mission arm of  ECWA which has  1,834 missionary couples engaged in cross-cultural ministry to the least reached peoples group within and outside Nigeria, in mainly rural areas, but increasingly so in urban cities.  The EMS network of missionaries spread to cover the entire Nigeria and some foreign countries. In Nigeria, the Core Muslim north is our major mission field. That is why we are more abreast with developments and especially as regards religious crisis, the persecution of Christians by Boko Haram Islamic Militants and other Jihadist groups like Fulani Herdsmen. EMS has four main levels of reporting starting from the Missionary to the District Coordinator, to the Regional Coordinator and then Head Office.

Our spread, network and clear functional lines of reporting enable EMS to get early and first-hand reliable information about the crisis, especially attacks by Boko Haram and other Islamic Jihadists,  which often attack the more vulnerable rural areas because they have no security men for protection.

Due to increase in crises generally and persecution against Christians in particular, EMS has become more and more involved with crisis relief, care for widows, orphans and vulnerable children and other victims, including victims of sexual abuse.

So far, EMS has reached out to girls who are victims of sexual abuse with pro-life issues, as part of its general wholistic mission work in a context of increasing crises. We have done this as necessary in collaboration with Bingham University Pro-Life Unit as regards medical care for victims, ECWA AIDS Ministry and others. We have however been constrained mainly by lack of capacity in terms of resources.

It is our contact with Dr. Ekene Osakwe that made us begin an intentional focus on sexually abused victims with pro-life issues. This is the first time that we commissioned a local research on the subject in 5 states in North East and the results are mind boggling. A sample of findings gotten from the survey on abortion issues within few communities in Gombe in the north East is just a tip of the ice berg.

 

Pastor Stephen Panya Baba

Executive Director, ECWA

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