Nigerian Christians Cry Out for Help Amid Attacks

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Nigerian Christians are asking their government to protect them as violence continues, while the U.S. and human rights activists call on the country to investigate recent deadly attacks on Christian villages.

Hundreds were killed in an attack on Christian villages near the city of Jos this week. The Red Cross said the attacks were part of a cycle of sectarian violence.

"After the January killings, the villages should have been properly protected," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. "Clearly, previous efforts to tackle the underlying causes have been inadequate, and in the meantime the wounds have festered and grown deeper."

John Hassan of the Anglican Church in Jos told CBN News that Muslim leaders want to drive Christians from the area.

Click play for an update with CBN News Reporter Heather Sells, followed by comments from Victor Oladokun, a Nigerian in the U.S. who works with church leaders in his home country.

"They are calling for a genocide in plateau state," Hassan said. "They were calling for Muslims to come together and launch an attack on plateau on the Christians because they felt that plateau state, which is a predominantly Christian state, did belong to them and therefore they see no reason why they can't flush out the Christians as the infidels and take over the state."

Hassan said the military does not always protect Christians because the troops sympathize with the Muslims.

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