Updates on the Persecuted Church – November 7, 2023

November 8, 2023

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Benue Governor and church leader Hyacinth Alia condemned violent attacks in Christian areas [Image credit: Hyacinth Iormem Alia]

  • Hyacinth Alia – a church leader and Governor of Benue State, Nigeria – condemned a violent attack on three Benue villages on October 17 in which nine people were killed. He also called on security forces to act against the armed militants. Around 45,000 Nigerian believers have been killed in anti-Christian violence since 2009. Ask for the Lord’s intervention to bring peace for our brothers and sisters, and for all people.
  • At least 26 people were killed on October 24 in a Christian area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Extremists attacked residents in the town of Oicha with machetes. An estimated 5,500 have lost their lives in anti-Christian violence in DRC since October 2017. Pray for an end to this terrible violence.
  • The Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention issued a “red flag” warning on 1 November highlighting the risk of an Azerbaijani invasion of Christian-majority Armenia. Armenia is currently hosting nearly 120,000 thousand refugees who have fled the Armenian Christian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh since a September 19 Azerbaijani attack. Ask the Lord to protect His people from further attack and to provide for those who have been forced to flee their homes.