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NIGERIA: Christians Drown in River Attempting to Escape Fulani Attackers

A pastor was one of at least 27 people who lost their lives following fresh attacks carried out by Fulani militants on five predominantly Christian communities in north-east Nigeria. Many of them drowned as they attempted to escape via the local river.

Various sources confirmed that the attacks took place between 13 to 16 September, and affected the villages of Gon, Bolki, Ndumusu, Yotti and Yanga, in Numan local government area (LGA), Adamawa state.

This is the same area where 3,000 homes were destroyed in December 2017, after fighter jets sent by the Nigerian Air Force were alleged to have fired rockets at villages where Fulani herdsmen were attacking Christian residents, according to a February report by Amnesty International.

A local pastor, who wanted to remain anonymous for security reasons, said 27 people had been buried following the latest attacks, which targeted communities along the Benue River. He added that, on hearing sounds of guns, many were scared and fled into the bush, or drowned attempting to escape via the river as they could not swim. He said that ten people are still missing, four from Yanga and six from Bolki.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Pray for the community as they come to terms with this great loss. Pray they will not give in to despair but look to the Lord as their comfort and strength.
  • Ask the Lord to restore those who are missing and heal those suffering from injury.
  • Pray for the perpetrators of violence. Ask God to have mercy on them; remove the hatred from their hearts and place a new Spirit in them (Ezekiel 36:26).
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