Category: Nigeria

Food distributed to thousands of people In need

Thousands of people in northeastern and central Nigeria who have been driven from their homes by Islamist militants are now facing a lack of food. Last year, Christian Solidarity International (CSI) provided food to around 14,500 people in need in these areas of Nigeria. In the northeast, CSI works with the diocese of Maiduguri to… Read more »

Nigerian pastor captured by terrorists freed after eight months

A Nigerian pastor kidnapped by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militant group,Polycarp Zongo, has regained his freedom after almost eight months in captivity, members ofhis church have announced. ISWAP, which terrorizes northeastern Nigeria, is notorious for abducting and killing Christiansand members of the Christian clergy. Rev Zongo, a pastor with Church of Christ in Nations… Read more »

Dozens dead, hundreds displaced in central Nigeria attacks

Attack in Nigeria

At least 35 people were killed, and hundreds left homeless following seven separate attacks on communities in central Nigeria’s southern Kaduna State between the end of February and mid-April 2021. According to CSI’s local partner, the Justice, Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan (JDPC Kafanchan), the attackers set houses on fire,… Read more »

CSI delivers emergency aid to victims of Islamist attacks

More than 1,000 villagers driven from their homes by Islamist herdsmen have received urgently needed food and medical assistance from Christian Solidarity International (CSI) in response to the worsening humanitarian situation in central Nigeria. CSI’s local partner – the Justice, Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan (JDPC Kafanchan) – reports that… Read more »

Schoolgirl Esther can complete her education thanks to CSI help

Fifteen-year-old Esther Dankye from central Nigeria was on the verge of dropping out of high school as her widowed mother could not afford the fees. Now, thanks to financial assistance from Christian Solidarity International (CSI), Esther still has hopes of going on to university and getting a good job. Three years ago, Esther’s father was… Read more »

20-year-old victim of Islamist attack released from hospital

Victor Markus after being released from hospital

Victor Markus from central Nigeria, who was the victim of a vicious attack by Islamist militants last October, has finally returned home after Christian Solidarity International (CSI) settled his hospital bill. Victor was a promising student who was looking forward to studying at university. After narrowly surviving a deadly ambush by armed assailants believed to… Read more »

Victims of Islamist attacks thank CSI for aid

Nigeria aid distribution

In August, CSI responded to a request for emergency assistance following a series of brutal attacks on mainly Christian villages in central Nigeria. Three months on, the victims have been recounting their stories and expressing their gratitude for the help they received. Dozens of people died, hundreds were injured and thousands displaced in attacks by… Read more »

20-year-old attacked and left for dead by Fulani militants

Victor in the hospital

Victor Markus, a young man from Nigeria’s central Plateau State, had his life all planned out. He would get an education and then a good job. But in late October, everything changed when Islamist militants attacked him and left him for dead. CSI is covering Victor’s hospital costs. Victor, aged 20, comes from the village… Read more »

Nigeria: helping victims of Islamist terror rebuild their lives

For the past 11 years, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been spreading terror in northeastern Nigeria, destroying communities and driving people from their homes. Father John Bakeni, CSI’s partner in the area, is at the forefront of efforts to help Christians and moderate Muslims whose lives have been turned upside down. The ongoing… Read more »