The assassination in Addis Ababa of a popular ethnic Oromo singer has triggered an explosion of ethnic-religious violence. The violence appears organised, designed to destabilise the nation and derail the reforms of Prime Minister Abiy (a Protestant Christian). Commencing at 4am on 30 June, gangs of Oromo nationalists specifically targeted ethnic Amhara Ethiopian Orthodox Christians living in some 40 districts of Oromia region. Victims were clubbed, hacked and stoned to death. The toll to date is 239 dead with some 300 wounded, many critically. Some 3360 Amhara Christians are displaced and sheltering in churches. Along with businesses, 493 homes belonging to Amhara Christians were torched. Some 4700 arrests have been made, including that of Oromo nationalist leader Jawar Mohammed (a fundamentalist Muslim). The situation is explosive.
Source: Christian Faith and Freedom
- Lord bring peace to Ethiopia, in particular at this time to the Oromia region; may your steadfast love be felt.
- Pray for comfort to those who are grieving; heal those who are wounded; provide food, water, shelter and medical aid to those who are displaced, and impart wisdom, grace, energy and authority to those who seek to lead according to the will and purpose of the Lord.
- Father complete the good work in Ethiopia; may all evil plots be thwarted; and may the Lord bless our
brother Prime Minister Abiy with security, wisdom, insight, discernment and strength, all while keeping him humble.
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No fewer than 75 corpses have been recovered following a string of attacks by Fulani herdsmen on the predominantly Christian community of Miango, in the Bassa local government area of Plateau state, central Nigeria.
Jerry Datim, a religious leader from the area, told World Watch Monitor that the first attack took place on 24 January: “It was about 12 noon, when some Fulani men laid and ambush around Rafiki, a place well close to the 3rd Army Division Cantonment. They killed three people, before moving on to another village, Jebbu Bassa, where they also killed three people. They also burned down a lot of properties.” He said the assailants continued their killing spree, unchallenged, throughout the next week.
In all, 14 villages have been targeted, with 89 houses set on fire and vast swathes of farmland also destroyed by the assailants, who vowed to dislodge the natives.
Datim expressed his disappointment that the state government has not spoken out against the killings.
“Political leaders in the state have failed to protect the people from the Fulani attackers because they fear that President Muhammadu Buhari may move against any politician that goes against the Fulani, who are Buhari’s kinsmen,” he said, adding that some of the affected communities had just finished fixing the roofs of their houses, burned down in a previous attack in October 2017. But now the houses have been burnt again.
Up to 3000 villagers are now taking refuge with their relatives in the neighbouring communities of Kabon and Tudun Wada, both in Jos North local government area. Not only have they been displaced from their ancestral homes; their means of livelihood has also been destroyed.
A local pastor, Rev Jacob Gidado, who visited the affected villages to sympathise with the people, called on President Buhari to protect Christians against the “incessant killings,” saying Christians, especially in northern Nigeria, have been “persecuted beyond measure.”
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Ask the Lord to hear the cries of those suffering trauma and great loss. Pray they experience His comforting and strengthening presence. May they fix their eyes on the Lord and seek solace from Him.
- Pray for those in church leadership, who must frequently minister to believers, under extreme persecution. Ask for wisdom, protection and strength.
- Pray for the authorities in Nigeria; ask the Lord to lead them. Pray too for the perpetrators, that the Lord may show mercy on them and lead many to Him.