Source: The Sacramento Bee
On August 2, 2005 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Behind the high, brown wall of a clinic run by a Muslim charity, nurses care for hundreds of hungry children. Down the road 150 yards, members of a Christian congregation discuss how to stretch funds collected at Sunday services to help more of the poorest in drought-stricken, overwhelmingly Muslim Niger. 'There is no rivalry between the two communities,' said Abdou Laouali, permanent secretary of the 250-member Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger. 'We are working toward the same objective.' Niger, which is 95 percent Muslim, has seen little of the tensions and even Muslim-Christian violence of neighboring Nigeria."