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Tracking Religious Violence In Nigeria

Religious violence is on the upswing in Nigeria — or is it?  Reports on religious violence are often inaccurate and biased; governments cover up violence and minimize casualty estimates while religious and advocacy groups often over count victims.  Because much of the violence happens away from international journalists and diplomats, reports are sometimes haphazard and contradictory.

Former US ambassador John Campbell at the Council on Foreign Relations has launched an important effort to monitor violence, including religious violence, across Nigeria.  You can follow it here.

Meanwhile, eyes are on Maiduguri, the northern city that witnessed firebomb attacks on churches over the last six weeks.  More violence is threatened for the end of July, when Boko Haram schismatics commemorate the death of the terror sect’s founder.  Christians are reportedly fleeing the city, and church services have been cancelled or moved to less predictable times.

Campbell’s tracker will be of interest to anyone who cares about where oil-rich Nigeria, home to roughly one out of every four people in sub-Saharan Africa, is headed.

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