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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Renewed Violence in Jos.

Hello people,

This is bad news to share about Jos. The people still need all the help they can get. Please talk to the people you know in the government, federal and state, please give to settled in volunteer agencies like the Red Cross or NEMA. And please keep praying for peace in that part of the country. We are still working out specifics of how this team will contribute and will share the news with you as soon as possible.

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Scores of people are thought to have been killed in clashes between pastoralists from the surrounding hillside region and villagers close to the central Nigerian city of Jos.

Police sources on Sunday put the number of dead at just eight, but witnesses reported many more bodies, with one estimate rising to more than 100 people.

Some of the bodies were reported to be charred and scarred by machete blows and the AFP news agency reported there were many children among the dead.

Yvonne Ndege, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Abuja, said: "There is conflicting information about the number of people who may have been killed.

"Police are saying about eight people have been killed but I have spoken to a number of people in Jos who said the number is higher."

A reporter with the Reuters news agency counted 100 bodies piled in the street.

Witnesses said that the pastoralists staged an overnight raid in the village of Dogo Nahawa, firing into the air and then attacking those who came out of their houses.

"They came around 3 O'clock in the morning and they started shooting into the air," Peter Jang, a Dogo Nahawa resident, said.

"The shooting was just meant to bring people from their houses and then when people came out they started cutting them with machetes," he said.

Ndege reported: "A senior police chief said the perpetrators of this attack came in from Bauchi state. The fighting exploded between herdsmen from Bauchi and villagers.

"The Red Cross, is reporting that as a consequence of this violence at least 5-600 people are leaving the area in fear of their lives."

Nearby Jos, the capital of Plateau state, was the scene of sectarian violence which killed hundreds of people in January.

The city, which lies at the crossroads of Nigeria's Muslim north and predominantly Christian south, saw four days of clashes.

Source: Al Jazeera

11 comments:

  1. Aweful! Thanks for the update - and opening my eyes so that I can see it through yours. I am in prayer. Our HOPE is in the Lord and His JOY is our strength. Don't lose your HOPE or your JOY. Stay focused on Him and ask His guidance as to what your steps are to be during this time.

    Blessings
    Patrina <"))>><
    His watchman on the wall

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  2. I feel bad that I've been so busy with exams to focus on this project but as soon as I'm done this Thursday this will be my focus. Till then, I'll just pray and keep them in my heart.

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  3. So this are "clashes between pastoralists from the surrounding hillside region and villagers close to the central Nigerian city of Jos", not of mad Islamists that we are led to believe. Please focus on as many sources of info as poss since nobody appears to know the truth. Government sources are as always spinning this out of control while main stream media goes fishing without a body on the ground.

    We can only control what we know and as such it is up to us to do the hard work via our people on the ground. If it means sourcing funds in order to pay for the info, so be it. There are too many games being played in Nigeria and it is a shame that most are doing it for personal gain. Please keep in touch and many thanks for your comments.

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  4. This is really bad,please lets all give.. no matter how little..
    Myne, thank you..

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  5. I pray things change soon. But faith without works is dead, people do need to SHOW their support by giving. Thanks for being passionate about the cause.

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  6. I did not have the slightest idea all this was happening in those regions. I am glad I came across your blog, and thank you for opening my eyes. I pray that things get better soon...

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  7. yeah myne,thanks for putting this up,we need to act fast,no more waiting

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  8. can we all donate some money to an account to purchase basic things like tents, food, clothing, etc to ship to them? I'll like to be involved. Please e-mail me at ulomajacob@gmail.com with any information.

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  9. Thank you all for your comments. We are still working out modalities for giving that will get our help straight to them. We'll keep you posted

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  10. I feel terrible for these people, but I have to tell you that Americans would be far more likely to give if so many Nigerians weren't trying to scam money from us.

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