On 24 October 2023, Aid to the Church in Need held its “Religious Freedom in the World Report 2023: Africa Update” launch at Westminster. The report, which draws from extensive research, provides key recommendations for promoting FoRB and addressing persecution against Christians.
Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, from Maiduguri, Nigeria, wrote the foreword to the report. In it, he details the persecution of many in his own diocese and elsewhere in Nigeria caused by terrorist attacks and abuse. The figures of deaths, destroyed schools, and churches attacked he offers are staggering.
Bishop Doeme attended and spoke at the report launch, chaired by Baroness Cox. Other speakers included Dr. John Newton (Senior Press Officer for ACN UK), Fiona Bruce MP (Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief), Jim Shannon MP, and Dr. Caroline Howell (ACN UK Director). Each focused their remarks on various aspects of the situation in Nigeria.
To read the report, see the ACN UK website at this link.