Fulani Herdsmen Goal Northeast Nigeria
A companion of Christian Help Mission agreed to share his first-hand account. Gabriel Barau, a missionary in Nigeria, says houses have been burned to the bottom. At the very least two converts have been misplaced and many individuals have been killed and injured.
He says the instability in northern Nigeria has been ongoing for the previous 5 years due to Boko Haram assaults, however now, the Fulani herdsmen assaults seem like growing.
“They enter villages, and they burn homes, houses…They kill anyone they can lay their hands on. And so many people have been displaced and killed,” Barau says.
Regardless of the atrocities dedicated, Barau says nobody has been arrested for the assault. With out assist from authorities, taking good care of the victims falls to the native Church.
“Last night, they killed a lot of the people we were reaching out to in those communities. Many of them escaped without carrying anything, and now they are with our staff that are in the city. Sometimes, we don’t even know how to keep them. There are hundreds and hundreds of them,” Barau says.
At present, Barau’s missionaries are overwhelmed. It looks like there isn’t a church that isn’t housing displaced folks.
“Most of them have been in internally displaced camps and we go there, we feed them, we provide a service for them, we do what we can do in our ministry for them. And then we help empower some of them. But we have so little and are so limited to do,” Barau says.
Pray for Nigeria
It’s also irritating for the Christians on this space when assaults like this go unreported. Please, unfold the information of what’s taking place in northern Nigeria. Additionally, take part prayer for the Church there.
Ask God to satisfy the bodily and religious wants of the individuals who have been attacked. Pray for his or her therapeutic and safety. Pray that as the worldwide Church learns about what is occurring in northern Nigeria, it could attain out and assist its Nigerian brothers and sisters.
“We need the world community to know that people are suffering in silence in some part of this country,” Barau says.
*Title of companion and placement of assault have been omitted for safety.
Header picture courtesy of Christian Help Mission.