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20 Christians killed, others injured or missing in Fulani attacks that displaced 20,000



Armed Fulani herdsmen attacks on farming villages in the Kaduna state of Nigeria have continued as reports suggest that at least 20 people were killed in a series of attacks last week.

The National President of the Adara Development Association, Awema Maisamari, announced last Friday that four days of attacks from May 18 to May 22 targeting several villages in the Kajuru local government area have led to the deaths of at least 20 people.

“There were daily attacks and destruction from Monday to Thursday in the remote settlements of Magunguna, Idazo, Ungwan Galadima, Ungwan Guza, Etissi, Ungwan Ma’aji, Ungwan Dantata, Ungwan Araha 1 & 2, Ungwan Goshi, Ungwan Shaban, Ungwan Jibo, Ungwan Maijama’a, Ungwan Sako, Ungwan Maidoki and Ungwan Masaba,” Maisamari said in a statement, according to The Punch newspaper.

The Adara, a majority Christian people group, is one of the largest ethnic groups in southern Kaduna.

“As of last Friday afternoon 20 persons have been killed, several others are either injured or missing,” the Adara Development Association head added.

Maisamari said the “traumatized community members are reeling in pain” and “wondering why this contrived anarchy is still being condoned by the powers that be.”

“Since January, killings, maiming, burning, looting and kidnapping have continued unabated from village to village,” he said. “There have been 63 terrorist attacks and kidnapping incidents, more than 107 people killed, about 49 persons injured, more than 66 men, women and girls abducted for ransoms, more than 111 houses burned. Thirty-two villages were destroyed and 20,000 persons displaced, especially in the last two weeks.”

Kajuru resident Alheri Magaji, who leads the nonprofit Resilient Aid and Dialogue Initiative and is the daughter of the current leader of the Adara Chiefdom, told  on Tuesday that she has heard of at least five people who were killed in the latest round of attacks in Kajuru.

She said that as many as 4,000 people are internally displaced in the Kallah district in Kajuru following the last spate of attacks.

“They are literally ones with nothing to eat tomorrow,” she said. “I’ve been trying to make a few calls to see what we can raise for them.”

According to data that was shared with her by a source on the ground in those districts, as many as 78 people were injured in attacks carried out between May 19 and May 24 in which over 600 houses were burned.

While there have been five deaths that her sources know of, she said, there could be many more deaths that are not yet known because the continued presence of Fulani radicals in some villages has prevented community members from going back to count the dead.

According to the data provided to Magaji, there are at least 51 people missing in Kajuru as a result of the last round of attacks.

“Right now, we can’t assess the damages because Fulanis haven’t left their villages yet,” she said. “I have pictures of three dead bodies but they haven’t been able to retrieve all the dead bodies because they haven’t been able to go back into the villages. These are just the dead bodies we found.”

“There are a group of people I met today from Kaduna town that told me that two of their peoples were killed two days ago,” she added. “One of them was crying and said her cousin was one of two people killed two days ago while fleeing. There was a roadblock by Fulani people and two people were shot dead.”

Similar figures that match up with the data provided to Magaji were reported by In a report, the website stated that five people were killed and at least 78 people were injured when suspected Fulani radicals attacked the villages of Idazau, Etissi, Bakin Kogi, Dutsen Gora, Ungwan Gora, Pushu Kallah and Magunguna during the five-day stretch.

The news outlet further reports that a Catholic church and two evangelical churches were said to have been destroyed as a result of the attacks.

The attacks follow a series of earlier massacres said to have been carried out by Fulani radicals in the Kajuru local government area earlier this month that killed over 20 other people.

In an overnight attack carried out on the Gonan Rogo village on May 11 and May 12, no fewer than 17 people were said to have been killed.

Attacks launched by Fulani radicals against farming communities in Kaduna are nothing new.

Last year, dozens of people, if not hundreds, were killed and many displaced when suspected Fulani herders attacked in the Kaduna state.

The attacks led some in the Adara community to travel to Washington, D.C., last year to spread awareness of their story.

“We came to the United States last year to talk about how these attacks are happening. And they haven’t really stopped,” Magaji told CP.

After the attacks against Kaduna villages last year, Magaji said that as many as 12,000 people were displaced from their homes.

But now, she says there are over 30,000 displaced people in Kujuru. She said most of them are living with friends or family members but some have been forced to sleep under trees or in uncompleted buildings. Some, she said, have returned back to their villages.

Across the farming-rich Middle Belt of Nigeria, attacks by radicals from the predominantly nomadic and predominantly Muslim Fulani herding communities have targetted predominantly Christian farming villages in recent years.

As a result, thousands of people have been pushed out of their houses and off their farms.

Estimates from the nongovernmental organization International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law suggests that Fulani radicals are responsible for killing as many as 470 people in the first four-and-a-half months of 2020 and thousands of people in recent years.

Some international human rights groups have warned of the genocidal conditions facing Christians in Nigeria.

The U.S. State Department listed Nigeria in December on its “special watch list” of countries that engage in or tolerate severe violations of religious freedom due to the “lack of effective government response and the lack of judicial cases being brought forward in that country.”

Open Doors USA ranks Nigeria as the 12th worst country in the world on its 2020 World Watch List that tracks incidents of Christian persecution.

As thousands are displaced, Magaji told that the local government in Kajuru has banned “anybody from forming a camp” since last year.

“Normally, when attacks happen, the people normally go to government-owned places so the government feeds them at least,” she said. “But the government shut all the camps down. Even the IDPs that gathered in a primary school in Kajuru, the chairman of the ward said that they should leave the place and anybody caught there would be arrested because the government has displaced people.”

“It is ridiculous because right now we have thousands of people displaced who are being fed by kind-hearted people,” Magaji continued. “There is literally a humanitarian crisis.”

Magaji said the local government chairman recently accused her and other Adara advocates of lying about the attacks that happened in Gonan Rogo earlier this month.

She accused the government of “trying to change figures” to make it look like what has developed in Kujuru in recent years is a continuation of a decades-long “Fulani-herder conflict.”

She said a contact who works for a Nigerian security agency told her that “they are trying to reduce the number of attacks they put into the database so that it looks like there is an equal number of fatalities and injuries and all that.”

“They are underreporting the attacks on Adara,” she claimed. “The scale of the IDPs and attacks is so huge. You can’t support the government argument with figures on the ground. But that is not going to work because there are people on the ground taking pictures. They are really just making fools of themselves.”

Sources: Christian Post

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ചര്‍ച്ച് ഓഫ് ഗോഡ് ആസ്‌ട്രേലിയ, ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ചാപ്റ്ററിന്റെ ആഭിമുഖ്യത്തില്‍ ദേശീയ സമ്മേളനം ഒക്‌ടോബര്‍ 8 മുതല്‍ 10 വരെ



സിഡ്‌നി: ചര്‍ച്ച് ഓഫ് ഗോഡ് ആസ്‌ട്രേലിയ, ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ചാപ്റ്ററിന്റെ ആഭിമുഖ്യത്തില്‍ ഒക്‌ടോബര്‍ 8 മുതല്‍ 10 വരെ ദേശീയ സമ്മേളനം നടത്തപ്പെടും . റവ.വാള്‍ട്ടര്‍ അവാര്‍സ് (ഓവര്‍സീയര്‍) പാസ്റ്റര്‍ ജെസ്വിന്‍ മാത്യൂസ്,പാസ്റ്റര്‍ ജോ കുര്യന്‍, പാസ്റ്റര്‍ കെ സി ജോണ്‍,പാസ്റ്റര്‍ പി ജി മാത്യൂസ്, പാസ്റ്റര്‍ ജോണ്‍ തോമസ് എന്നിവര്‍ മുഖ്യ പ്രഭാഷകരായിരിക്കും . ബിഷപ്പുമാരായ ടിം ഹില്‍, ആന്‍ഡ്രൂ ബിന്ദ, മാര്‍ക്ക് മോറീസ് എന്നിവര്‍ ആശംസ അറിയിക്കും . ഡോ.ബ്ലസ്സന്‍ മേമന,സ്പിരിച്വല്‍ വേവ്‌സ് എന്നിവര്‍ ആരാധനയ്ക്ക് നേതൃത്വം നല്‍കും .

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Atheist group files brief supporting Christian student’s right to evangelize on campus



An atheist group has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit against a Georgia college that punished a Christian student for preaching outside of a limited free speech zone on campus.

The American Humanist Association filed an amicus brief on Tuesday in the case of Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, which will be argued before the United States Supreme Court.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative law firm, filed suit against George Gwinnett College for its treatment of Christian student Chike Uzuegbunam.

Although the school has changed their policy on free speech and expression since stopping Uzuegbunam from preaching, they have refused to accept any penalty for their past actions.

In their amicus brief, the AHA noted that while they and the ADF fall on opposite sides of the political spectrum, they believe that Gwinnett owes damages for their past policy.

“On the chopping block is a time-honored remedy essential to vindicating the most important rights in our country. Religious freedom—the cornerstone of our democracy—could become an empty promise without nominal damages,” read the summary of the AHA brief.

“Religion Clause violations rarely produce actual damages and often stem from easily-mootable laws. Taking away from citizens the only remedy available in many such cases jeopardizes the rule of law itself.”

AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt said in a statement released Tuesday that he believes people must “be given every chance to preserve their First Amendment rights.”

“While the AHA and ADF may approach the Constitution from different angles, at the very least we agree that First Amendment litigation and the associated rights are essential to our democracy,” he stated.

In July 2016, while a student at Gwinnett, school officials stopped Uzuegbunam on multiple occasions from distributing Christian literature at an outdoor plaza space on campus.

According to official school policy at the time, Uzuegbunam could only distribute literature or speak about his beliefs at two predetermined free speech zones on campus.

In response, ADF filed a legal action on behalf of Uzuegbunam and another student named Joseph Bradford against the college, accusing them of violating their rights.

In 2017, Gwinnett amended their policies regarding speech and expression, arguing that the complaint against them by Uzuegbunam and Bradford had become moot.

A district court ruled in favor of Gwinnett on the claim that the complaint was moot and a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld its ruling last year.

In a Per Curiam decision released in July of last year, the panel concluded that the students’ complaint “did not include a well-pled request for compensatory damages, in part because it failed to allege any concrete injuries arising from the allegedly unconstitutional conduct of the GGC officials.”

ADF opted to appeal the panel decision and in July, the Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments in the case.

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