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‘He refused to be silent.’ What a slain Pakistani religious freedom advocate can teach the world

‘He refused to be silent.’ What a slain Pakistani religious freedom advocate can teach the world

Ten years after his assassination, various world leaders have praised the life and death of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistan cabinet minister killed after defending religious minorities persecuted under the country’s strict blasphemy law. His relatives, collaborators, and victims of persecution praised his example and urged continued

Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted Last Week Released Safely, Governor Confirms

Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted Last Week Released Safely, Governor Confirms

The Nigerian schoolgirls who had been, last Friday, abducted from the Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS) Jangebe in Zamfara State within Nigeria’s Ecclesiastical Province of Kaduna, have been released. The February 26 night abduction saw hundreds of schoolgirls taken away after gunmen stormed the school

Nigeria is ‘on verge of collapse.’ Lagos archbishop says ‘love those who hate us’

Nigeria is ‘on verge of collapse.’ Lagos archbishop says ‘love those who hate us’

The Archbishop of Lagos called Nigerian Catholics on Saturday to love those who hate them amid escalating religious and ethnic violence in the country, a burgeoning secessionist movement, and ongoing kidnappings by terrorist groups. The archbishop also called the country’s government to ensure equity and

Remembering Leah Sharibu

Remembering Leah Sharibu

In a Monday Facebook video, Kyle Abts prayed that world leaders would pressure the Nigerian government to secure Leah Sharibu’s freedom. Leading up to the Friday three-year anniversary of Sharibu’s kidnapping from her boarding school, International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) and the Leah Foundation held a week of

Baptism of Blood

Baptism of Blood

It is a scrupulously made short film, shot with several ­cameras in 2015. Arabic letters dance atop a black background, as if afloat on a whirling current of water, finally coming together and forming a droplet of closely intertwined characters. In Arabic calligraphy—one of Islam’s