Evangelist Franklin Graham is making an impassioned plea on behalf of Nigeria’s persecuted Christians. “Christians in Nigeria are being brutally slaughtered, and they feel like the rest of the world is turning a deaf ear to their cries,” the 66-year-old head of Samaritan’s Purse wrote in a Facebook post over the weekend. It comes as ongoing violence between Christians and Muslim farmers in Nigeria’s central Plateau state continues to escalate.

Two weeks ago, a Christian pastor, his wife, and their three sons were burned alive when Islamic herdsmen attacked their village. “Rev. Adamu Wurim Gyang and three of his children were set on fire and burned beyond recognition,” Graham wrote. “His wife, Jummai, only 45 years old, was shot and left to die.. Their one remaining son living away from home at college read about the attack on Facebook and went home, devastated to find his family dead.” READ MORE