The Boy with One Eye and a Bright Smile

Danjuma Shakaru was thought to be dead after being brutally attacked by Islamic insurgents in his Nigerian village just three years ago, but now he recounts the story and calls himself a miracle.

At just 13, Danjuma was awoken at 6am by gunshots as insurgents raided his Christian village. He was severely injured by attackers with a machete as they cut out his eye, left arm and genitals. When villagers saw his body, they assumed he was going to die and began digging him a grave but, to their surprise, he survived the attack.

Although his memories of the attack are incomplete, one thing he’ll never forget is the pain caused by the machete slicing through the left side of his head. The rest of the attack, by God’s grace, he doesn’t recall.

Danjuma now calls himself a miracle. Although he was left blind, Danjuma went on to recover and during recovery, nurses often remarked on his joyful smile.

Danjuma is now in his second year at a school for the blind. According to the school’s director, he is a “fast learner and very intelligent” and he still walks around with that joyful smile.

We originally told Danjuma’s story in October 2015; this is the most recent update.

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5 Responses to The Boy with One Eye and a Bright Smile

  1. Hazel 1 January 2019 at 10:40 pm #

    I am humbled and send my love to Danjuma. I pray God will restore what the enemy has stolen and continue the miracle . God bless you. ❤️

  2. Kathy Gonzalez 9 January 2019 at 4:28 pm #

    I remember this boy. He was featured on VOM’s magazine cover. I was struck by his huge smile. I was teaching 5th/6th grade Sunday school and brought a few of VOM’s magazines with me every week to show the kids what goes on in different countries. I was blessed when they would begin to search my box for the photos every week. He touched a lot of hearts of children across the world. I never forgot him or that God-given smile and have prayed and wondered about him. Thank you for sharing. Our God is so involved and cares about Danjuma and so many others. I pray they know that Christians all over the world love them and are in our thoughts daily.

    • Sandra Harries 10 January 2019 at 10:07 am #

      That’s wonderful Kathy. Thank you for being a voice for the persecuted. I love your Sunday school children’s hearts for the persecuted. Danjuma’s story and God-given joy has impacted so many around the world. God bless you.

  3. Even Ezer 10 January 2019 at 2:09 am #

    It is my prayer that Danjuma , his family and other affected neighbours will receive complete Divine healing and prosperity.

    Let us have his school address and his parents bank account details so that donations can be sent to him from all over the world.

    • Sandra Harries 10 January 2019 at 10:00 am #

      If you would like to donate to Danjuma, please contact Voice of the Martyrs, you can be assured that 100% of your donation will go to Danjuma and his mother.

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