Nigerian blasphemy killing sparks international outrage
Blasphemy killings are becoming all too common in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, and the world is starting to take notice.
Nigerian Christians are often assaulted and murdered, with their churches and business being looted and destroyed due to claims of blasphemy. Some of these assaults have been recorded and uploaded online, raising concern among individuals and organizations around the world.
One of these videos showed the brutal murder of Deborah Emmanuel, a 25-year-old Christian student. She was fatally beaten and burned on May 12, 2022, because of a WhatsApp message that was deemed blasphemous by her predominantly Muslim classmates.
A follow-on incident occurred on May 14, 2022, when three churches and various Christian-owned stores were damaged and looted. These attacks occurred because two of the many Muslims involved in Deborah’s murder were arrested.