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Violence in Nigeria

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New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith is in Nigeria to investigate some of the brutal murders of Christians at the hands of Islamists. He is one of the representatives of the United States over there on a peace keeping mission.

In March of 2010, Islamists killed 200 Christians and 300 were killed in 2008. There continues to be ongoing violence by local terrorists groups, most recently in Kenya. Smith said, “They have been systematically killing Christians but also those Muslims that stand in there way and don’t go along with the program. But primarily it has been a massive killing of Christians and the destruction of their churches.”

In New Jersey, there are about 300 Nigerian Christians primarily living in Essex County. Smith has taken the time to work with them in past, He said he, “Heard their concerns and decided that there needs to be more done on the part of the US Congress. The most persecuted group of faith believers in the world today, whether it be in the people’s Republic of China or other parts of the world including Nigeria, turns out to be Christians. Last June I held a hearing on Christian’s being targets in Syria.”

Many people think that if they are not Nigerian or Coptic Christian and live in New Jersey then they don’t need to be concerned with what is going on in Nigeria, but that simply isn’t the case. Smith said, “There is a war on terror that is global and the more we help freely elected governments to combat this terrible cancer, not only do we show that we are brothers and sisters and help people live freely without death and murder, but we also prevent it from coming to our shores.”

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