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Nigeria’s Middle Belt Christians Endure Perpetual Violence by Fulani Militants

Published by International Christian Concern on October 5, 2020.

Pastoralists and their cattle in Sokoto district in north-west Nigeria (Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images).

According to Morning Star News, radical Fulani militants have killed multiple Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau and Kaduna states. Among the victims was a six-year-old Christian boy.

On September 23, over 100 Fulani militants attacked Christian villagers in their fields in Jol village, severely injuring nine men with machetes. A few hours later, a mother and her son suffered fatal injuries by militant machetes in neighboring Sopp village.

On September 28, in the Miango district, Fulani militants attacked three children; the youngest was six-year-old Emmanuel David. Four days before, the militants also killed five men, including a church leader from the Church of Christ in National (COCIN).

COCIN reported to Morning Star News a surge in planned attacks, coordinated by predominantly radical Fulani herdsmen. According to COCIN, the militants are attempting to kill as many Christian farmers as possible and keep them from cultivating their agricultural lands.

According to Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List, Nigeria ranks number 12, where Christians are the most persecuted for their faith.

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