Churches burned and Christians beheaded in Mozambique

Islamic extremists spread terror in northern Mozambique, Africa, leaving churches burned, Christians beheaded and thousands of people forced to flee.

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Churches burned and Christians beheaded in Mozambique

According to CBN News, there were reports last month that Islamic extremists beheaded at least 15 people in just one week.

Similarly, during Easter Week this year, some 52 young people who refused to join this extremist group were killed.

Campaign of violence

According to research since 2017, more than 1,100 people have died in the attacks after extremists launched a violent campaign to persecute Christians, as well as the recruitment of young soldiers.

Luis Fernando Lisboa, bishop of the diocese of Pemba in Mozambique, says that the rest of the world looks on this issue with «indifference».

«The world still has no idea what is happening, because of the indifference, and because it seems that we have become used to wars. There is war in Iraq, there is war in Syria and now there is also a war in Mozambique,» Lisbon said.

In addition, there have been reports that these extremists have attacked churches and destroyed multiple sites of religious gatherings.

They flee in the face of continued violence

The influx of people fleeing the area has steadily increased as the violence has escalated.

Currently, an estimated 250,000 people have been displaced. Many of them have defected to Pemba.

Luis explains that 2020 has been the worst year since these kinds of armed events began; that was about 3 years ago.

Armed Forces of Mozambique

It should be stressed that Mozambique’s armed forces are fighting against the Islamists. In May, they killed 50 of them in an area where these terrorists carried out 11 attacks.

In the face of so many difficulties it is believed that there is a light at the end of the tunnel; this, since the bishop maintains the faith that the war will end, and that 2021 will be a better and more peaceful year.

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