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Systematic Perseuction

Christians in Nigeria face systematic persecution, especially in the northern parts of the country where fundamentalist groups target Christian villages. Thousands of Christians have been killed over the last few years. More than a million people have fled the shocking violence and have become refugees in their own country. As a result, 13,000 churches have been closed or destroyed altogether.

A brutal abduction

The main perpetrators are members of the so-called Boko Haram, a Salafi-jihadi Muslim group that emerged in 2003. Based in north-eastern Nigeria, members are also active in Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. The terrorist group’s brutal activities gained wider publicity in 2014 after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a secondary school in a village called Chibok in Borno State. 57 schoolgirls managed to escape, while 219 remained in the hands of Boko Haram. They were reportedly forced into marriages, sold into slavery, or presented to individual terrorists as a prize for their service. Non-Muslim girls were forced to convert to Islam. There are also reports indicating that some of the schoolgirls were used as suicide bombers in Cameroon. The brutal abduction sparked the global campaign #BringBackOurGirls. However, two years later, the situation in Nigeria has deteriorated and the girls have not returned to their families.

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Urgent action needed

In April 2016 ADF International filed a report with the International Criminal Court about the ongoing atrocities against Christians in Nigeria. This horrific violence amounts to both crimes against humanity and war crimes under the Rome Statute. The report outlines Nigeria’s current failure to protect its citizens, and the need for urgent action to be taken by the international community.

ADF International urges the International Criminal Court to start prosecuting the perpetrators immediately

The Prosecutor of the Court has been investigating the situation in Nigeria since 2010. Our report urges the ICC to conclude its preliminary investigations. It clearly demonstrates that the committed crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the Court. Urgent action is needed as the situation is rapidly deteriorating.

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What you can do

On 14 April 2014 Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls from a Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.

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Help us raise awareness and contact your national government official. You can write a short letter, email, Facebook, or Twitter message, using the hashtags:

#BringBackOurGirls
#NeverAgain

If you are an NGO or an individual and have first-hand reliable information about atrocities committed in Nigeria, please forward them to 'Victims Participation and Reparations Section': vprs@icc-cpi.int  as well as 'Office of Public Counsel for Victims': OPCV@icc-cpi.int


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