— Robyn Dixon (@latimesdixon) July 8, 2014
Last month, I highlighted the New York Times’ must-read profile of a Christian convert on the run in Afghanistan.
Now, I write again to recommend an indispensable story on a persecuted Christian — this one by the Los Angeles Times.
LATimes Johannesburg correspondent Robyn Dixon provides a chilling account of the plight of Nigerian church members:
When Boko Haram invaded her village last year, the Islamist extremists burned the churches, destroyed Bibles and photographs and forced Hamatu Juwanda to renounce Christianity.
“They said we should never go back to church because they had brought a new religion,” the 50-year-old said. “We were going to be converted to Islam.”
The head of the village, a Muslim, presented her with a thick nylon hijab to cover her head and renamed her Aisha.
She submitted, smarting with rage. Women who didn’t wear the hijab were beaten.
“When I went to the market, I wore the veil,” she said. “But at home, I took it off and prayed.”
The gunmen returned time after time to the village of Barawa, shooting people, burning houses and wearing down the resistance of the villagers.
Like the best journalism is apt to do, Dixon’s story puts a real human face on this tragedy.
The LATimes report does so while placing Juwanda’s experience into a larger context: