AFRICA – UN report acknowledges “religious ideas” as terrorists’ primary motivator


Date:  September 22, 2017

A UN survey focused on key Islamic terror groups operating in Africa has concluded that “religious ideas” are the primary motivation of recruitment. The two-year study noted that, while low literacy and poverty were factors in encouraging individuals to join violent extremist groups, “ideological appeal is nonetheless compelling.”

The ruins of a church in Borno state, destroyed by Boko Haram

A Church leader from Nigeria – where Christians have been the targets of Islamist violence at the hands of Boko Haram since 2009 – told Global Christian News, “What this means for Christians and the Church is that we do not fall into the ‘politically correct’ narrative that distorts and blames society and poverty for radical ideologies that give rise to terrorists.”

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