Christian Persecution in Nigeria: A Belgian journalist is being threatened by Muslims for an article he wrote earlier this month about a three-year-old girl who was slaughtered by Islamic extremists using machetes in Nigeria.
Jakob Kürüm writes for SCEPTR, a popular Flemish conservative news portal. On June 12 he published an article about a 3-year-old Nigerian Christian girl, Elizabeth Samaila, who was cut to pieces by Islamic extremists wielding machetes when they attacked her village. Nine other villagers were also killed and several others are missing. Additionally, an 8-year-old girl was severely injured.
The attack was carried out by Fulani shepherds, Nigerian Muslims who are known to carry out terror attacks on Christian villages. Christians are frequently the targets of Islamic violence in Nigeria, with international human rights groups reporting that nearly 12,000 Christians have been murdered by Muslims in the country over the past five years.
After Kürüm’s article was published, he began receiving hate mail and death threats on social media. He said that Muslims have been sending him messages like “dirty whore,” “I’ll fuck you when I see you,” and “Do you want me to fuck you or something?” He said that while the messages don’t trouble him, some extremists even contacted his parents and his siblings, threatening to kill them if Kürüm continues with his work, which was more disturbing.
“Apparently they are trying to silence me so that there is no news in Belgium about the persecution of Christians,” Kürüm said, according to a report by SCEPTR. “Aren’t Christian lives important?”
Kürüm is a Christian himself of Assyrian-Chaldean ancestry. “As a journalist for SCEPTR, I mainly write about the persecution of Christians all over the world. Far too little is said about that,” he said when asked about the affair. “As a Christian, I feel obliged to say and write the truth, even if it is painful and heavy, and even if it hurts and people often deny it.”
Kürüm related that he is often targeted by Muslims on the street in Belgium because he wears a crucifix. “When I go to do some shopping, I sometimes here ‘Allahu akbar’ being yelled at me,” he said. “I know that Muslims are often good people, but these things hurt their image and simply can’t continue.”
Kürüm said that he will not be intimidated into stopping his reporting, however. “Especially in these times of large-scale anti-racism campaigns, it’s important to keep in mind that Christians also often fall prey to racism,” he said. “I will not be silenced by threats, and will also take legal action if I am threatened again.”