According to a devastating report from a civil society group in Nigeria, more than 1,200 Christians have been murdered in the country in just the first half of 2020.
As another 22 Christians were reported killed in the Kaduna state last weekend, the number of believers slaughtered by jihadists, Islamic radicals, herdsmen and others, has continued to grow.
The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, also known as Intersociety, said no fewer than 1,202 Christians have been killed between January and June of 2020. The organization relies on local and foreign media accounts to keep track of deaths, given that the government does not maintain reliable record-keeping on things like death tolls.
Nearly 70% of the martyred Christians have been killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen. The additional 30% were murdered by radical Islamists from the northeast portions of the country, like Boko Haram and the Islamic State.
Christian worship facilities have also been impacted.
"Hundreds of Christian worship and learning centers have been destroyed or burnt; likewise thousands of dwelling houses, farmlands, and other properties belonging to Christians," the Intersociety report said.
Intersociety also warned that there has been a marked increase in child abductions, particularly of females, fueling concern about the proliferation of the sex trade.