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CAMEROON: Eight Children Killed, Six Kidnapped

After a period of relative calm, the Far North region of Cameroon, along the Nigerian border, has witnessed an upsurge of attacks by Boko Haram.

On 17 August, a church elder was killed in a night raid carried out by the radical Islamist group on Moskota village. Adamu Nguda, formerly a church elder in Mouldougwa, was displaced to live as an internally displaced person (IDP) to Moskota. His killers also kidnapped his six children ─ between the ages of three and 15. His wife was left behind in a state of total shock.

In a separate attack the same day, attackers also burned the house of Lazare Mahama, another Christian. They stole his wallet containing money and ID documents. The attackers also burned an undetermined number of properties.

Earlier on 6 August, eight children were killed in a suicide attack in Amchide. The suicide bomber, a young child, met the children while they played outside in the evening ─ then detonated his bombs. According to a local church leader, all eight children had attended Sunday school of the Union of Evangelical Churches (UEEC) in Amchide.

The recent attacks have reignited fear in local Christians; some have begun to flee their homes.

Eighty-three children have been used as bombers since 1 January, according to UNICEF: 55 girls, mostly under 15 years old, and 27 boys. One was a baby strapped to a girl. Nineteen children were used in 2016.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Ask the Lord to intervene to release the victims and return them to their families. Pray the reign of violence will end.
  • Ask for the Lord’s protection to be on people throughout Cameroon and Nigeria.
  • Pray the Lord will dramatically be at work, permanently changing the hearts of Boko Haram members.
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