In recent past, more people have been killed in the name of religion than for any other thing in the world. Religion has become a symbol of death, terror and agony. Subsequently, a recent Pew Research “Changing U.S. Religious Landscape” shows the decline of religious affiliation in the United States. The study finds there are more adults who consider themselves ‘unaffiliated’ with any other form of religion than those who subscribe to a certain faith. This bludgeoning disaffection and disenchantment is partly the product of what we witness in the world around us – terror in the name of religion.
“Humanitarian crises fuelled by waves of terror, intimidation, and violence have engulfed an alarming number of countries over the past year”, maintains Commissioner Dr Katrina Lantos Swett of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
In its 2015 annual report the USCIRF catalogues the horrors of religious led terror groups and their affiliates affecting millions of lives around the world. This axis of death and destruction of sheer human lives continues to haunt innocent children, women and men of all faiths around the world.
Boko Haram, meaning ‘western education is forbidden’, is a Islamist group based in northeast Nigeria, as well as in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. The estimates of associates differ between one hundred to ten thousand, and the group has been linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIL, which stands for ‘Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’.
Boko Haram has murdered more than five thousand people from July 2009 to June 2014, in attacks mostly taking place in the northeast, north central and central of Nigeria. Deception in the security services, as well as human rights abuses, committed by Boko Haram, have hindered attempts to challenge the anarchy.