You may have heard of the plight of many Christians in northern Nigeria, Africa who have been persecuted by an Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram. Better known by its Hausa name Boko Haram, is a Salafist jihadist terrorist organisation based in the northeast of Nigeria, in the areas predominated by the Kanuri people.Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2001 or 2002,the organisation is a Muslim sect that seeks to "abolish the secular system and establish an Islamic state"and "establish Sharia system of government in the country." Read more here on BOKO HARAM.
In these horrible experiences which should be unheard of in the 21st century, there are always stories of hope. In the 1990s, Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye led opposing militias in Northern Nigeria. Now the men work together bridging religious conflicts between Christians and Muslims that have killed thousands.
'My hate for the Muslims then had no limits' states Pastor Wuye, whose militia killed Imam Ashafa's spiritual leader and two cousins. Ashafa spent 3 years planning revenge, until one day, a sermon on forgiveness changed his life. The men met and are now working on a peace accord. Imam Ashafa explains, 'even though we differ in some theological issues, we will make the world a safer place'.