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Sent: Wed, Aug 5, 2009 10:42 pm
Subject: Another attack on Christian in Pakistan

Dear Co-Worker in Christ.

I do not have words to inform you about another attack on Christians in Gojra.

Muslims blame the insert of Quran and attacked on Christians and burnt their houses.

They looted them and killed thirteen christian.

I just come back today to visit the place where the incident took place. I met the persecuted people and also visited their burnt houses. There is nothing left behind of these people.

This incident took place before six days and started from a village where one Muslim blame on a Christian to insert the Quran. In few hours nearby Muslim Villages gathered to attack on christians.The Muslim religious leaders announced in Mosques in loud speakers to attack on Christians. When the Christians heard that announcement they left their houses and ran away from their house to save their lives. There were near 3000 muslims attacked on 73 houses and burnt all and found some Christians in the houses and forced them to accept Islam and tortured a Old man and killed him.

After three days near 12 thousand Muslims gathered in the city(Gojra) and attacked on a christian colony and burnt 87 house and burnt 7 alive people in a room.Many injured and lost every thing.

The people of village are coming back in houses in Police protection and trying to start their daily life.

We reached there yesterday with some food and home accessories to help our christian brother and sisters. They do not have any thing to cook and even do not have water glass to drink water. Muslim people break their water pumps and disconnect their electric light.

The people are living under tents and under the shadow of trees in hot summer even animals are looking forward for food and shelter.

I appeal you to help these people what ever you can. Your little support will help these people to restart their lives. If you want support please reply us that we can reach to the deserve people of Gojra.

Hope to hear from you soon.

I attach some photos of my visit to Gojra.

Pastor Ansab
Poiema Christian Centre

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How are you doing?

It has been so rough here with our missionaries from the North,We have alot of missionaries from Borno(Maiduguri) Bauchi,gombe,Kano and other part that were in the mission conference,and many that we support.

This time arround the muslim sect were killing police,army and othe security agents.

Burnt churches,police stattions,prisons and other public structures.

The situation is a bit better,many were displaced from their homes,orphanage homes affected aswel.

We are trying to raise funds and relief materials for our brethren there.I will be traveling on friday this week to visit some missionaries and to be a blessing to them aswel,we really need suuport to enable us reachout and to encourage the suffering missionaries in the field,expecially the highly persecuted areas in the far North.

Whatever the Lord give to us we will joyfully give to our brethren that are now in pain.

Have a bless day!

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On Mon, 8/3/09, <> wrote:

From: <>
Subject: churches
Date: Monday, August 3, 2009, 2:31 AM

Hi David .... was just hearing some news about churches under attack in Nigeria . .. don't know what part ... but I found this articles on the web.

What are you hearing?

Blessings .... Helen

Six Churches Destroyed in Nigeria Islamic Violence
By Michelle A. Vu
Christian Post Reporter

Thu, Jul. 30 2009 01:15 PM EDT

At least six churches were destroyed in the last few days in Northern Nigeria as a result of the violence by members of a radical Islamic group.

Militants of the group Boko Haram, which translates to “western education is sin,” have damaged at least half a dozen churches across four states ruled by Sharia, or I slamic law, according to Open Doors sources.

A Baptist church was burnt to the ground in Potiskum, Yobe state. Another five churches were reportedly burnt in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Moreover, the Christian ministry has learned that unlike what the government is saying, the number of deaths may be over 250 people. The official figure is about 50 deaths.

This past Saturday, the group Boko Haram, also known as the Nigerian Taliban, launched a series of attacks in Bauchi state against police stations and state facilities in Northern Nigeria. The violence soon spread to three other states: Borno, Yobe and Kano states.

Boko Haram is reportedly attacking police because it felt the government has become too secular and it wants to cleanse Nigeria of western influences. The extremist group also wants to impose Sharia law throughout the country.

The Islamic group was allegedly also behind the violence in Bauchi back in February, during which at least eleven people died, over 1,500 Christians were displaced, and 14 churches, and numerous homes were destroyed.

With the latest attacks, Christians in the affected areas are said to be living in fear and “holding their breath.”

The Rev. John Hayab, the secretary of the Kaduna branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has asked the government to protect Christians who may be the next target.

“We were unable to sleep throughout the night as there was an exchange of fire between the group and the security operatives a stone throw from our residence,” said one Christian in Yobe, according to Open Doors. “They burnt one of our churches (the Baptist Church). Our lives are at risk. The group claimed not to be fighting Christians, but…we are not secured at all.”

In Bauchi state, Christians have taken refuge in police barracks. Some in the barracks are said to be wounded with machete blows received while they fled the violence on the streets.
While the atmosphere remains tense in Northern Nigeria, some Christians have started to return home, believing that the police have the situation under control. But Christian leaders urge them to remain on high alert.

“Our Christian brothers and sisters in Northern Nigeria are repeatedly the victims of mass violence, with churches burnt and people killed, just as we have seen again in the last few days,” said Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of U.K.-based Barnabas Fund. “All too often, as in this case, it is apparent that the attacks have been well planned and orchestrated.

“Please pray for peace and stability in this part of Nigeria, also for freedom and justice for its Christian minority, which suffers much in the states where full Sharia is in force. ”

He added, “Pray that Christians will not retaliate.”

The latest violence is the deadliest since20last November, when more than 300 people died in the central city of Jos during sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, is about evenly split between Muslim in the north and Christians in the south with minorities of both religions living where the other faith is dominant. Since democracy was restored in 1999, there have been at least 15,000 deaths due to religious, communal or political violence, according to BBC.



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