Image: Children Waiting to receive a portion of food – In late 2018 Fulani militant violence in Kajuru, Kaduna State left about 2,000 families homeless and displaced.
Despite Covid-19 curfews in place, Christians in the Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State have faced continued targeted attacks that have claimed the lives of at least 27 people since April 25, including four women and at least 8 children, one only 4 years old.
The most recent attack occurred when groups of armed men stormed the communities of Bakin-Kogi, Idanu and Makyali between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning May 13. Although reported numbers are somewhat conflicting, it seems at least 1 person was killed in Bakin Kogi and 8 in Makyali. Many people were displaced as they ran for their lives into the bush.
The attack came just two days after the May 11 massacre in Gonan Rogo village in the same local government area that left 18 people dead.
Sources have shared gruesome pictures of the victims which Open Doors has chosen not to circulate out of respect for the victims, and concern for our readers.
VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN PLATEAU
Christians in the Bassa LGA in Plateau State has also been facing continued Fulani militant attacks. Also in this region attacks have continued.
Four Irigwe youths died in the late hours of Sunday in an ambush around Kwal district, while another one, suspected to be among the attackers was killed in the fracas.
The four victims were returning to Miango from Kwal around 9pm when they were ambushed. The assailants short dead three of the men while the fourth died at Enos Hospital Miango in the early hours of Monday. When the community rose in self-defence they came under heavy fire from a neighbouring Fulani settlement the assailants had run to for cover.
The Fulani militant violence is the fruit of a complex mix of circumstances. The exact motives for these attacks are never stated. However, Gonan Rogo villagers told local reporters the Fulani people who shared this community with them for the past 40 years quietly left the night before the attack.
While socio-economic factors certainly drive the conflict, Christians say there is an undeniable religious motive clear from the fact that Christian communities disproportionately fall victim from the violence.
- Enormous missionary effort is needed among this cluster of Fulani people who remain largely without Christ and without hope. Pray for workers among the Fulani, pray that Holy Spirit will be at work in the lives of Fulani herders to convict many of their sin and that the gospel will speed ahead (2 Thes 3:1)
- Pray that in the midst of these circumstances, the Church will have the grace to keep proclaiming Christ to those around them.
- Please pray for the Lord’s comfort to all who have lost loved ones in attacks. Pray that they would comprehend the depths of Christ’s love in the midst of their sorrow.
- Pray for the Lord’s provision to the displaced Christians and those who have returned to their all but destroyed communities, all facing severe food shortages. When OD asked them the reason for their courage to return, they said, “We have to return so that the jihadists will not sing a song of victory over the Church of Jesus Christ.” Pray that they would have a deep sense of hope and purpose.
- Pray for grace and wisdom for pastors. They lead congregations of people on the run while they themselves face desperate shortages.
- Pray for justice to be done and that perpetrators of violence will be arrested and prosecuted. Please pray for wisdom and urgency for the government to take sufficient action to protect the lives of all affected by the violence in the Middle Belt, Muslims and Christians alike.
- Pray that our training and social economic projects will strengthen the Church and help Christians love God and their neighbours.
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