Crisis in Nigeria Forces Ministry to Relocate
November 11, 2014
Thousands of people in Adamawa state, Nigeria are fleeing Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
Having recovered two children captured by Boko Haram, a Nigeria-based ministry providing aid to those fleeing the Islamist terrorist group must relocate if it is to continue providing relief and development projects in Christ’s name.
In the course of seizing the town of Mubi, in Nigeria’s far northeastern state of Adamawa, at the end of last month, Boko Haram militants kidnapped two children of a Christian Nigerian worker aiding people who have fled violence.
“We had combed the bush and checked in refugee camps, and now the Lord enabled them to be released to us,” said the director of the ministry, which is assisted by Christian Aid Mission. “Thank God for the safety of our two kids. They were in the hands of Boko Haram, who kept these kids for three days.”
Islamic extremists with Boko Haram reportedly control more than two dozen towns and villages in Nigeria’s far northeast in their bid to establish a caliphate and impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country. There are indications that they are moving toward the state capital, Yola.
The ministry must temporarily relocate aid and development workers to other safe areas until security improves, as well as relocate staff members from its school of missions to another state, he said.
More than 17,000 Internally Displaced People – including 6,000 children – have been registered in six camps in Yola, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The ministry director requested prayer for efforts to meet needs.
“Pray for our work right now among the refugees,” he said. “Men and women and children are under severe trauma from passing through the pain of losing loved ones, losing homes and property, and having to eat like beggars. It’s painful.”
“Now it is time for us to move and to move quickly,” the director said. “Boko Haram has finally taken over some major cities and are approaching. By next week, we will have started transferring to Abuja. So much funding is needed to enable this relocation.”