Boko Haram
A car burns at the scene of a bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 25, 2011. Five bombs exploded on Christmas Day at churches in Nigeria, one killing at least 27 people. Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility. (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

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In furtherance of its mission statements, the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN, has launched a Relief Fund to support victims of Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria.

This fund, according to Dr. James Fadele, the Chairman of the association, is meant, at this season of thanksgiving and Christmas, to encourage, support and lift-up family members and relatives of those who have been killed, suffered injury or those traumatized through the terrorist activities of that extremist-fundamentalist group in Nigeria.

CANAN plans to deliver checks to the victims who will be identified by our sister association in Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN. The presentation would be done in Nigeria just before Christmas.

As we enter into a time of thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations here in the U.S., CANAN calls upon all American Christians, churches, religious groups, NGOs, individuals, and all lovers of peace and people of goodwill to kindly remember the plight of those Nigerian Christians whose lives have been devastated because of the terrorist activities of Boko Haram.

There are hundreds of widows left without a source of livelihood and thousands of children rendered fatherless and many more family victims.

That group has insisted on the Islamization of Nigeria, the imposition of Sharia and the killing of Christians, especially those in northern part of Nigeria.

At the last count, more than 700 Nigerian Christians have been killed this year alone. A short video documentary titled Boko Haram: Terror, Blood & Death, on details the grim horror being perpetrated by this terrorist group.

As the leading Nigerian-American Christian group in the United States, CANAN will continue to advocate for the designation of Boko Haram as a terrorist organization by the US State Department.

The State Department has so far refused the recommendation of the FBI, Justice Department and the Homeland Security Department to declare Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization, FTO.

Please send checks to: Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN, P.O. Box 1041, Bay Shore, NY 11706; or donate online at

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