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CHRISTIANS IN THE CRIOSSHAIRS

A radical Muslim group in Nigeria killed about 800 people this year. The al Qaeda-linked fighters have declared war on Nigeria's Christians, carrying out multiple attacks on Christian homes and churches, including a devastating car bomb on ... Read Transcript


IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

WE CAME TO CHURCH TO

CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS

CHRIST.

PEOPLE STARTED COMING AS

EARLY AS 6:00 IN THE

MORNING.

IT WAS GOING TO BE A JOYOUS

OCCASION.

[YELLING]

George: BUT IT NEVER

TURNED OUT THAT WAY.

THERE WAS A VEHICLE PACKED

WITH EXPLOSIVES AND IT DROVE

UP THIS BUSY STREET AND

STOPPED IN FRONT OF THE

CHURCH.

THIS MAN AND HIS

17-MONTH-OLD SON HAD JUST

WALKED OUT THE CHURCH FRONT

DOORS WHEN THE BOMB

EXPLODED.

THE EXPLOSION THREW ME

BACK AND MY SON WER WAS

HER HURTLED ACROSS THE

OTHER SIDE.

George: WITHIN MINUTES,

HUSBANDS BECAME WIDOWERS,

CHILDREN BECAME ORPHANS --

THE SUICIDE BOMBER KNEW

EXACTLY WHEN TO STRIKE.

IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER 8:00

THAT CHRISTMAS MORNING, AS

ONE SERVICE WAS JUST

CONCLUDING AND THE NEXT ONE

WAS JUST ABOUT TO BEGIN.

46 OF THE 244 PEOPLE WHO

DIED THAT DAY WERE PART OF

THE CHURCH.

THE PEOPLE WHO CARRIED

OUT THIS ATTACK ARE UNDER

THE INFLUENCE OF THE DEVIL.

THEY HAVE ONLY EVIL IN THEIR

HEART AND THEY WANT TO

DIVIDE US.

George: BOKO HARAM

CLAIMED RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS

AND SEVERAL OTHER ATTACKS IN

PARTS OF NIGERIA THAT

CHRISTMAS DAY.

THE GOAL IS TO TURN AFRICA'S

MOST POPULOUS NATION INTO AN

ISLAMIC COUNTRY.

I'M VERY ANGRY WITH

THEM.

WE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO

DESERVE THIS.

IF THEY ARE TRYING TO GET ME

TO RESPOND WITH ANGER, I

WILL NOT.

George: HE AND HIS SON

SPENT SEVERAL WEEKS IN THE

HOSPITAL, RECOVERING FROM

THIRD-DEGREE BURNS.

TODAY YOU WILL FIND HIM AND

HIS FAMILY PRAYING FOR THEIR

ATTACKERS.

I WANT GOD TO TOUCH THEIR

HEARTS, SO THEY KNOW WHAT

THEY'RE DOING IS NOT GOOD.

I HAVE PERSONALLY

FORGIVEN THEM, BUT WHAT I

NEED FROM BOKO HARAM IS THAT

THEY SHOULD REPENT AND STOP

DOING THIS EVIL WORK AND

CONFESS.

George: THAT, HOWEVER,

ISN'T LIKELY TO HAPPEN ANY

TIME SOON.

IN JANUARY, BOKO HARAM

STRUCK 21 TIMES, KILLING

MORE THAN 251 PEOPLE.

900 PLUS HAVE DIED IN RECENT

MONTHS IN MULTIPLE ATTACKS

AROUND THE COUNTRY.

200 MILES NORTH OF

STE.THERESST. THERESA'S

CHURCH.

SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE MY

HUSBAND.

HE LOVES TO SHARE THE GOSPEL

WITH OTHERS.

THEY WOULD NOT LET ME SEE

MY HUSBAND'S BODY.

HE WAS SHOT IN THE ELBOW

AND IN THE MOUTH AND IN THE

BACK.

I AM ASKING GOD TO BRING

PEACE TO OUR CITY.

George: A BLANKETING OF

NIGERIA'S MOST NORTHERN CITY

OF BORNA WITH PRAYER.

26 DAYS AFTER THE CHRISTMAS

DAY MASSACRE, BOKO HARAM

KILLED 185 PEOPLE IN A

STRING OF COORDINATED

ATTACKS IN CARNO.

AMONG THE DEAD WERE THE

LOVED ONES OF THESE

CHRISTIAN FAMILIES.

I CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO

BRING MY HUSBAND BACK.

ALL I CAN DO IS TRUST IN

GOD.

THE BIBLE SAYS WE SHOULD

LOVE OUR ENEMIES AND PRAY

FOR THEM.

George: A BOKO HARAM

SPOKESMAN HAS DECLARED WAR

ON NIGERIA'S GOVERNMENT, THE

SECURITY SERVICES, AND THE

COUNTRY'S CHRISTIANS.

IN A VIDEO RELEASED ONLINE,

HE SAYS, "I E ENJOY KILLING

ANYONE THAT GOD COMMANDS ME

TO KILL, THE WAY I ENJOY

KILLING CHICKENS AND RAMS."

IN JANUARY, THE GROUP GAVE

CHRISTIANS THREE DAYS TO

LEAVE THE NORTH OR BE

ATTACKED.

AND THE CHRISTIANS IN THE

STATE OF CARNO ARE VERY,

VERY MUCH ON EDGE.

SO MANY OF THEM ARE

CONSIDERING LEAVING THE

STATE AND MOVING SOUTH.

WE SPOKE TO SOME OF THEM WHO

ARE VERY FEARFUL AND

CONCERNED THAT THE SECURITY

APPARATUS IS NOT IN A

POSITION TO PROTECT THEM.

NIGERIA IS EVENLY SPLIT

BETWEEN CHRISTIANS IN THE

SOUTH AND MUSLIMS IN THE

NORTH.

CARNO IS OVERWHELMING

MUSLIM.

EXTREMIST GROUPS ROUTINELY

USE THIS CITY AND THE

SURROUNDING AREAS AS A BASE

OF OPERATION.

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO

SHARE THE GOSPEL HERE IN THE

EXTREME NORTHERN PARTS OF

NIGERIA.

George: JOSHUA WORKS

QUIETLY AS AN EVANGELIST IN

NORTHERN NIGERIA.

CBN NEWS AGREED TO CONCEAL

HIS IDENTITY TO PROTECT

HIM.

HE SAYS THE INDIGENOUS

PEOPLE CONSIDER CHRISTIANS

HERE AS INVADERS, AND

MEMBERS OF A WESTERN

RELIGION.

I WAS BORN AND RAISED

HERE, I'M PART OF THE

NORTH.

BUT BECAUSE I'M A CHRISTIAN,

I'M VIEWED AS A SECOND,

THIRD, OR FOURTH-CLASS

CITIZEN.

AND NOW HE FEARS BOKO HARAM

IS TRYING TO SPARK A

RELIGIOUS WAR BY PROVOKING

CHRISTIANS INTO ATTACKING

MUSLIMS.

SOME CHRISTIANS ARE TAKING

MEASURES TO DEFEND

THEMSELVES.

OTHERS RELY ON GOD FOR

PROTECTION AND TAKE COMFORT

IN HIS WORD.

EVEN WHEN I WALK THROUGH

THE VALLEY OF DEATH, I WILL

NOT BE AFRAID.

FOR YOU ARE CLOSE BESIDE

ME.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, CARNO, NIGERIA.

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