DESPITE ONGOING VIOLENCE
Two hundred and thirty Christians were
killed in June 2017 over a three-day period.
ICC is seeking to help these families rebuild
through communal farms.
By Nathan Johnson
In late June 2018, Fulani militants
raided and killed more than 230
people in Plateau State, Nigeria.
Less than one week later, I was
walking the same ground where
my brothers and sisters in Christ
lost their lives.
As our team drove through the
villages of Barkin Ladi, the local
government area that suffered the
majority of the casualties, I witnessed the
pure devastation that this attack had placed
upon the community. We drove passed countless
houses that had been burned down or
demolished. We saw churches that had been
destroyed, leaving no central location for the
community to hold the many funerals that the
attack required. Many farms had clearly been
ravaged by animals and trampled by moving
cattle. Many of the smaller communities outside
of the main town were abandoned.
We visited with local pastors and some
of the displaced families that were taking
refuge in the last standing church compound
in town. What struck me the most was the
lack of extreme emotion over the situation
that had just taken place. When I met with
those who had lost family members, they
spoke as if it was just another normal day. In
less than a week, the tears had dried and the
community had returned to life as normal,
or at least as normal as life can be after such
Above: Pastor Jacob Machif lost his wife and home in the horrific
Fulani attack in June.
Below: Fulani-owned herds graze around the remains of one of the
villages attacked by the armed militants.
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