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Spike in Militant Islamist Violence in Africa | Africa Center

An infographic report with highlights that provide wider background helpful to African christians and African christian leaders for making sense of the increasing violent attacks which suggest that African Christianity is a persecuted church. The report is particularly helpful in ascertaining whether, why and to what extent these attacks justify the self-identification as a persecuted church. More importantly, it offers indications that may be helpful in working out strategies for managing the complex relationship with Islam constructively, effectively and for the benefit of securing grounds of peaceful coexistence between African christians and African muslims.


  • There was a 43-percent spike in militant Islamist group violence in Africa in 2020. The 4,958 reported events linked to these groups represents a record level of violence, continuing an upward pattern seen since 2016.
  • Reported fatalities linked to African militant Islamist groups rose by a third in 2020 over the previous year, to an estimated 13,059 deaths.
  • Militant Islamist violence remains largely concentrated in five theaters, each comprising distinct actors and challenges: Somalia, the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin, Mozambique, and Egypt. All but Egypt experienced sharp increases in violence in 2020.

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