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NIGERIA: Christians Suffering Spike in Brutal Fulani Attacks

NIGERIA: Christians Suffering Spike in Brutal Fulani Attacks

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into a recent upsurge in radical Fulani attacks on Christian communities in Benue State, Nigeria. The announcement comes after a week of brutal assaults tallied reports of hundreds of deaths, including 145 killed throughout 25 villages in Agatu Local Government Area alone.

Nigerian newspapers report that the violence displaced nearly 7,000 villagers.

Agrarian Christians across Nigeria’s ‘Middle Belt’ region face what some observers are calling genocide after enduring 15 years of brutal Islamist Fulani raids with countless people being slaughtered on a near-weekly basis. Benue, Plateau, Nassarawa, Taraba, Adamawa, and parts of Kaduna, Borno, Yobe, and Gombe states make up the region most heavily under attack from these Islamist Fulani gangs.

Buhari expressed shock about the recent attacks. He also urged Nigerians to put aside their differences and live in peace.

Buhari’s comments come in a long pattern where Nigerian officials have failed to truly evaluate the root issues. They continue to constitute these ongoing horrific attacks only as historical tensions over land rights for cattle grazing versus farming.

While Boko Haram continues its terrible attacks on communities in north-eastern Nigeria, the Fulani herder onslaught in the Middle Belt continues unabated, claiming nearly as many lives and causing a similar toll of destruction on churches and Christian homes.

Sources: International Christian Concern, BBC

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the people of Nigeria; intercede for those who are grieving or in pain and those who are fearful. Pray they will draw near to God in this time of suffering.
  • Pray the Lord will be the protector and provider for those who have experienced violence at the hands of Islamic militants.
  • Pray the investigation will be used by the Lord to highlight ways the government can bring an end to the violence and assist those who have been victims.

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INDIA: Pregnant Christian Woman Loses Child After Beating

INDIA: Pregnant Christian Woman Loses Child After Beating

Around 40 Christians in the village of Balanagar gathered in the house of a local Christian on 12 October to hold a prayer meeting. At approximately 7:30pm a mob of 60 Hindu radicals, led by the former village council president, Mr Sati Srinivasulu, stormed into the house shouting anti-Christian slogans. Without explanation, the mob of radicals began beating the Christians.

One Christian was severely injured when he was hit in the head with a brick by one of the radicals.

Not even the Christian women and children were spared from the beating. Swapna, a 25-year-old Christian woman who was four months pregnant at the time, begged the radicals to spare her because of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, the radicals beat Swapna as severely as the other Christians. Following the attack, Swapna was rushed to the hospital where doctors told her she had lost her baby.

The Christians filed a First Information Report against their assailants at the local police station. Authorities arrested seven individuals connected to the assault, but all of those taken into custody were released on bail later that day.

Source: International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Swapna and her husband; ask the Lord to minister to them to bring comfort and encouragement during their time of grief.
  • Pray the Christians who were affected will be granted complete physical healing by the Lord; ask Him to strengthen their faith so they may focus on Jesus and be spurred on to follow Him, though they have been sorely tested.
  • Pray for the perpetrators; may they receive justice in this life and be brought to repentance for the next.

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