A Roman Catholic priest has voiced his anger that major news outlets haven’t described the situation in Nigeria as a genocide against Christians.
The massacre of nearly 200 Christians has been partly blamed on climate change despite claims that followers of the church are being targeted in a genocide perpetrated by Muslims.
The inclusion of climate change as a contributing factor in the latest attack has infuriated a Roman Catholic priest, who says that religious persecution is not given enough attention.
On Christmas Eve, a massacre hit 26 different villages in Nigeria, with bands of men armed with guns and machetes attacking locals.
198 were killed and a further 300 were wounded in some of the worst anti-Christian violence seen in Nigeria for years. North-eastern Nigeria has seen tens of thousands die and around two million displaced as Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram battles for supremacy in the area.
Germany’s Die Zeit and Reuters News Agency also briefly mention climate change is “exacerbating” the problem, but all three clearly led with religious differences as a main factor. As the world experiences more frequent and intense extreme weather – like heatwaves and storms – natural resources like food and water will become harder to come by.
One Roman Catholic priest criticised the outlets for not saying there was a genocide occurring in Nigeria by Muslims against Christians. Talking to the European Conservative, he says: “How could they dare admit there is a genocide going on in Nigeria perpetrated by Muslims against Christians – it would demand action.”
Father Kiely also pointed out that killings have been taking place “for many years”. However, the aforementioned newspaper outlets didn’t deny that, instead simply saying that depleting resource availability, caused by man-made climate change, is making the problem worse.