Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Brings Attention to Targeted Kidnapping, Torture and Slaughter of Christians in Nigeria

September 16, 2020
Press Release
Washington, DCRep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) joined representatives of the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) along with former Rep. Frank Wolf (VA) and former NFL New England Patriots Tight End Benjamin Watson to raise awareness around the decades long atrocities being committed against Nigeria’s Christian community by Boko Haram and other Islamist extremist terrorist organizations. She delivered the following remarks (as prepared):
“Just five days ago, we observed the solemn 19th anniversary of Al-Qaeda's attack on our country on September 11th.
“19 years after that attack, Islamist extremists like Al-Qaeda and ISIS are continuing to carry out terrorist attacks around the world. They are continuing to slaughter and enslave Christians and other religious minorities around the world.
“Too often, these attacks go unnoticed. These attacks are continuing in Nigeria by Boko Haram -- an Islamist extremist terrorist group formerly affiliated with Al-Qaeda that now pledges allegiance to ISIS.
“It is estimated that around 60,000 Christians have been targeted and killed in Nigeria over the last two decades. Things like truckloads of Boko Haram terrorists arriving at a Christian village and going in and slaughtering every person there -- man, woman, child.
“According to the Global Terrorism Index, the killing in this region is greater than that committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, combined.
“I am here today to join my friends in bringing attention to this crisis, to raise our voices in opposition to the systematic slaughter, kidnapping, and torture of Christians by Boko Haram and other Islamist terrorist organizations in Nigeria and in the region.”
Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been an outspoken leader in Congress focused on defeating Al-Qaeda in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks it committed against the United States. After the attack on 9/11, she became the first state official to voluntarily leave her public office to serve in a war zone.
She previously introduced a resolution recognizing the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities by ISIS as genocide and calling for the United States to prioritize providing refugee status to such persecuted families and individuals.
She has previously introduced a resolution calling on the Government of Bangladesh to protect the rights of all of its religious minorities, including Christians, Hindus, Atheists, and others and spoke on the House floor to condemn violence against religious minorities in Bangladesh. 
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawai‘i’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for over 17 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major in the Army Reserves. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
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