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Original article published in the Voice of America on 01/19/2016
In the Central African country of Cameroon, Muslims and Christians are uniting against the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram who has terrorized the country — looting, killing, and burning schools, markets, churches and most recently, mosques. In defense, Muslims have started guarding churches and Christians have started guarding mosques.
Among the vigilantes are Ibrahim Moctar, a Muslim youth leader, and Jacques Mabali, 55, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon. Ibrahim Moctar tells Voice of America that he prays for God to save Cameroon from Boko Haram and to end terrorism. He said that he has members of his family that are Christian. And Jacques Mabali comments that it is his duty as a Christian to defend his country from violence and to protect the Muslim community.