Fr Gideon Obasogie, spokeman for the diocese of Maiduguri [in the north-east of Nigeria] has outlined to Aid to the Church in Need the devastation caused by the Boko Haram terrorist campaign.
“Many of our people are forced out of their ancestral homes,” reported Fr Obasogie. “Right now, thousands are living in caves on the mountains.” Many children have been forcibly conscripted into the Boko Haram militia, he said; Christian families have been forced to convert to Islam and obey Sharia law.
Boko Haram attacked the town of Mubi and ,some reports say, that about 2,500 Catholics were killed and 100,000 driven from the area. Over 200 women and girls have been abducted. More than half of the priests of the Maiduguri diocese—26 out of 46—are now displaced. At least 50 churches and mission houses have been destroyed, while dozens more are now empty or occupied by Boko Haram. Thirty of the 40 schools administered by the dioceses are closed.