REPORTS OF CHRISTIANS BURNT IN NIGERIA

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A well-meant prayer request that is often forwarded by email or posted on Facebook includes a horrifying photo of charred bodies with the report that the victims are Christians burnt alive by Muslims in Nigeria.

A common caption of the photo reads:

“Christians burnt alive by Sunni Muslims in NIGERIA…..PLEASE SHARE IT OR JUST UPLOAD YOUR OWN…BUT SOMEHOW SPREAD IT IF YOU’RE EVEN 1% CHRISTIAN — it is not over yet!”

The picture is incorrectly linked to religious conflict in Nigeria and is actually taken after a gas tanker exploded in the town of Sange in the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in 235 deaths.

That being said, it does not cancel out the truth that tragic attacks are happening in Nigeria on a daily basis, and the church DOES need to know and DOES need to do something. But we do need to avoid sharing incorrect information as far as possible.

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