ACDP President and Member of Parliament, Rev Kenneth Meshoe has called on South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to do more to protect Christians and their families who are experiencing severe persecution and violent attacks across the world and to strongly condemn it.

“The persecution and killing of Christians for their faith must be condemned and stopped by our democratic government, particularly in Nigeria and Mozambique that is now gripped by fear of the heartless militant Islamists,” Meshoe said. He further appealed to the President to urge the United Nations to also strongly condemn the persecution and barbaric killing of innocent Christians worldwide.

According to "OPEN DOORS," an international ministry that serves the persecuted Christians worldwide, a 4-day killing spree by Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 200 Christians in Nigeria, and totally razed more than 12 Christian Villages to the ground earlier this month.

It is reported that in 2018 alone, these militant herdsmen have targeted and killed more than 600 Christians in Nigeria's Middle Belt region, raiding Christian villages and setting fire to homes and churches.

The European Union’s 2017 Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World states that Christians are the world's most harassed and intimidated religious group, including in Europe, and are said to "routinely suffer religiously motivated persecution."

Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province is currently being held to ransom by an Islamist guerrilla movement. After months of skirmishes between police and members of the Al Sunnah wa Jama'ah, the region has now erupted into full violence and the killing of innocent Christians. Many Christians have been beheaded, hundreds of houses have been burned, and families have been dislodged from their homes.

The ACDP strongly condemns these despicable acts of violence and religious intolerance and calls on government and the international community to do all they can to better protect these vulnerable groups.

25 July 2018