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Pastor Simon

Pastor Simon – forced to flee

Pastor Simon is now a refugee in his own country.

The town where Simon ministered faithfully for Christ has been attacked several times in recent years by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

“In 2018 they attacked again and we were forced to run away to Maiduguri (the capital of Borno State),” Simon said.

Since then he and many others have been living in what is commonly known as an ‘IDP’ camp; that is, a camp for internally displaced persons – people who have become refugees in their own country.

The conditions have been “trying”, Simon said. Initially, after Christians had fled their homes, some were traumatized, or were suffering from hyper-tension and anxiety attacks. But they have remained faithful to Christ – and have even been able to witness to Muslims living in the area!

There are thousands of Christians in different parts of Nigeria now living in such camps, having fled on-going, violent Islamist attacks on their communities. Many struggle to provide basic necessities for their families.

One of Release International’s partners in Nigeria regularly visits such camps, providing basic items, such as rice, beans and sugar, as well as medical support and offering biblically based trauma counselling for those struggling in the wake of attacks.

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