Holy See calls for swift action against violent extremism in Africa

Nigerian girls who fled Boko Haram militants receive help at a refugee camp in neighboring Chad – AP

(Vatican Radio)  The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi says an “urgent and effective response” is needed to counter violent extremist groups like Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State which “are growing like a cancer, spreading to other parts of the world and even attracting foreign militants to fight in their ranks”.In a statement Wednesday at the 23rd Special Session of t

he Human Rights Council on the Situation of Human Rights in Nigeria – Boko Haram, Archbishop Tomasi called for “swift, decisive and combined action on the part of the Nigerian government, its bordering countries, the African Union and the United Nations” to contrast the violent extremism of Boko Haram militants who have killed, mutilated and kidnapped thousands of Nigerians and people from neighboring countries.

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