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Twelve children were among the 40 Christians killed in several attacks on 15 and 25 August, in and around Jos, Nigeria.

On the night of 25 August, 16 Christians were killed with machetes and guns while an additional 17 were burned to death after suspected Fulani militants set their homes on fire.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Morning Star News

“Burned beyond recognition in the home burnings, according to community leader Sunday Bunu, was a 4-year-old girl, Timara Ishaya; a 5-year-old girl, Goodness Bala; an 8-year-old girl, Lovina Markus; a 13-year-old girl, Susana Ishaya; Halima Asabulu, 90; Sylvia Ajida, 56; Paulina Asabulu, 50; Deborah Asabulu, 37; Bridget Nathaniel, 20; boys killed were Ephraim Hosea, 9; Titus Bitrus, 13; Titus Ajida, 16; Silvanus Dauda, 17; Barnaba Hosea, 17; and Yunana Bitrus, 17; men killed were Yahanum Solomon, 18 and Babuka Bitrus, 75.”

On 15 August, seven other Christians were killed in the area, including three university students.

“(Radical) Islamists killed my niece while she was coming back from church! Let her blood speak!” Godwin Tengong, the uncle of one of the slain students, Bitrus Danboyi, said. “She is indeed a martyr,” said another one of Bitrus’ relatives, Daniel Dalyop. “Our loss but Heaven’s gain. Jesus remains Lord.”

Shaukat further said, it is a Muslim dominated area and only a few Christian families are living around this church. He said that Imam Qaiser Sheikh and Allah Rakha, a labourer at the brick kiln were involved in causing the unrest.

Let us pray.

  • Uphold the families coming to terms with this shocking, brutal and tragic loss. Pray they may feel the Lord’s comforting presence.
  • Pray that the deaths of so many will not be in vain but will be used by the Lord to bring a spiritual awakening and genuine change to the hearts and minds of many, including jihadists.
  • Pray the Lord will strengthen his church in the north and centre of Nigeria who have been the victims of extreme violence.