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Rising concern at escalating religious persecution

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A CHRISTIAN rights group has expressed solidarity with millions of colleagues facing prosecution around the world.
The solidarity by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative (21CWI)
coincides with the Independence Day (July 4) in the United Sates, where it is based.
It comes on the back of interreligious tensions in Ethiopia, Nigeria and elsewhere, prompting the initiative to wonder if the US was no longer concerned about the plight of those oppressed.
“Are we deaf to the cries of five million mainstream Muslims and minority Christians who are displaced in Northern Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram and the Fulani militants?” asked Randel Everett, 21CWI President and Founder.
“Have we turned our backs on the Coptic and Ethiopian Christians beheaded on the Mediterranean coast?”
Everett also lamented violations against Christians in China, Iraq and
North Korea.
21CWI believes 77 percent of the world’s people live under religious
oppression or persecution.
“If Christians spoke with one voice, changes would take place,” Everett
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