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More Violence in Nigeria: Fulani Muslims Slaughter Hundreds, Mostly Women and Children

March 9, 2010

The following report was sent to Rae Burnett, Africa Director for Christian Aid Mission, by Gabriel Barau, the leader of Missionary Crusaders Ministries in Nigeria. The Jos community, still in recovery mode from January's violence, was awakened at 2 a.m. on March 7 by Fulani Muslims who set fire to houses and vehicles, and butchered or shot those who tried to escape. They killed over 500 people, mostly women and children.

Since January, the Jos community has been put under security and told to observe a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Many are now refusing to abide by the curfew because of their shattered confidence in the security agents. The Chairman of Jos South Local Government said that the cause of the attack is yet to be ascertained.

Pastor Ardo, left, a native Fulani tribesman, became a missionary after he accepted Christ several years ago.

Ardo, an MCM missionary and native Fulani, was imprisoned and tortured by his tribal elders for his belief in Christ. During that time, his wife and children were also threatened and tortured. In an attempt to force his denial of Christ, three of his children were poisoned and killed.

Since his release, Ardo has continued to evangelize and disciple his Fulani people. Christian Aid has helped to provide his support and also sent funds to construct a modest church building for a congregation of his converts.

Fulani who accept Christ as Savior are at great risk of being killed by the Fulani community, which is very hostile toward the gospel. MCM has begun building a compound to shelter new believers, where they will be discipled, educated, and taught an income-generating skill before returning to their people with the gospel. For information on how you can share in this project, email info@christianaid.org.


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