While religion was not originally an issue linked to conflicts in the country, deeply rooted religious hostility has in recent decades created a divide between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.
Sr. Assumpta Ndidiamaka Okoli talks with GSR about how the Society of the Holy Child Jesus' hospital ministry and health programs contribute to the well-being of poor Nigerians and what motivated her to become a nun.
Fleeing terrorist attacks at home, Nigerians living in camps for internally displaced persons receive psychosocial counseling, skills-based workshops and drug treatment from Medical Missionaries of Mary.
Medical Missionaries of Mary in Nigeria run a hospital that treats patients with leprosy and tuberculosis. They also provide reintegration assistance to patients who are rejected by their family members or communities.
Alongside violence against Christians, Nigerian church leaders describe persecution that has become structural, such as political exclusion and preventing Christians from accessing education and social amenities.
¿Qué lleva a las jóvenes a caer en la prostitución? La Hna. Dorothy Okoli, fundadora de la Fundación Save Young Girls Motherhood, tiene la respuesta. En una entrevista con GSR, la hermana de las Misioneras de San Juan Pablo II de María revela cómo ha dedicado su vida a ayudar a mujeres vulnerables en Nigeria, y cómo su ministerio en hoteles está aportando esperanza y un camino a la reinserción. ¡Conoce su inspiradora historia!
What drives young women into prostitution? Sister Dorothy Okoli, founder of the Save Young Girls Motherhood Foundation, has the answer. In an interview with GSR, the Sister from the Missionary Sisters of St. John Paul II of Mary reveals how she's dedicated her life to helping vulnerable women in Nigeria, and how her hotel ministry is bringing hope and a path to reintegration. Discover her inspiring story now!
For more than a decade, Sr. Matilda Inyang has cared for dozens of malnourished and homeless children from the streets of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, in Nigeria — many of whom had family who believed they were witches.
Up to 30% of Nigeria's population may suffer from mental illness. To address a gap in care, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul provide treatment and an inpatient home to those rejected by society.
After three years of visiting clinics and traditional healers across Nonwa Tai, in the southern corner of Nigeria, 55-year-old Benedict Ngbaji was shocked to discover the sores and lesions under his foot and ankle were symptoms of Hansen's disease, or leprosy.