Speech by The Coordinator Of Coalition Against Kajuru Killings, Rev Fr Williams Kaura Abba, On The Occasion Of A Peaceful Procession, On Tuesday March 19, 2019 At The Unity Fountain, Abuja


We are a group of men and women, united by our common humanity, from different creeds, tribes and tongues. Saddened by events in our dear state, Kaduna, we have gathered here in Abuja, our nation’s capital, to bring to the attention of fellow citizens and the international community the horrendous attacks on many Adara communities living in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State by herdsmen militia. The latest death toll of this mindless carnage has already surpassed 130, with several communities reduced to rubbles, and setting the stage for a major humanitarian crisis that has so far displaced no fewer than 10,000 persons now living in four camps.

NIGERIA: Victims of Herdsmen Militia Attacks, The Internally Displaced and Our Common Humanity
Report: 19.03.2019 / NigeriaKillings in Southern Kaduna by Fr. Williams Kaura Abba, Catholic Priest, Diocese of Kafanchan

If the English saying, 'pictures are worth a thousand words' is true, I don't know what coming face to face with victims of terrorism and barbarism will be worth; may be a zillion words. No sane human being ever comes face to face with victims of human viciousness and wickedness and does not get moved to tears, no matter how heartless. I had to go back to Kajuru hospitals yesterday to move 2 little boys whose story I made earlier on Facebook.

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Nigeria 2019 : The peaceful procession against the Kajuru Killings has taken pleace on Tuesday 19.03.2019 at the Unity Fountain in Abuja. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

Christians in Syria divided on returning

A bad day for Selma. Today, the Syrian mother of three children had to watch her oldest son leave for Lebanon. “My son had to go because of the difficulties. It was hard to say goodbye,” she says, fighting back tears as she washes a few coffee cups. “I don’t know when I will see him again. I was only able to give him some money for the trip. Not even something to eat. He has to walk the last leg. I will send him his clothes later.” Her story mirrors the current situation of many Christians in Syria.

The family fled when the crisis began in 2011 and terrorists descended upon the homes of Christians in Idlib. “They hammered against the doors to let us know that we had to leave because they wanted the houses. Who? We had never seen them before. They shot their guns into the air to frighten the people. Everyone packed up their belongings and left.” Since then, the family has been living with Selma’s mother Johaina in the Valley of the Christians in western Syria. When Selma’s husband died in a car accident three years ago, from one day to the next, the family had lost its breadwinner and its entire savings. Her son, 16 years old at the time, suddenly had to support the family by himself.

Image: Syria, Homs, June 2018. A Christian walks in the old quarter of the city of Homs (Syria) with graffiti that expresses the desire of the birds to take refuge in another safe tree, a metaphor for the city at war.

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Nigeria: ‘Watching him butchered will haunt me forever’

Catherine Ibrahim lives in a camp for displaced persons run by the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, Borno State. Here, this Catholic widow describes to Aid to the Church in Need, the murder of her husband and abduction of her children—both at the hands of Boko Haram—and her eventual captivity:

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The first time Boko Haram came to our village, we were lucky. Just as we settled in for dinner, we heard their gunshots and ran to the mountains.

For the two days we were there, our fear of death kept us alive. We returned to burned houses and churches, which led to a crisis between Christians and Muslims that was only stopped by military intervention.

MOZAMBIQUE: “The wounds of the civil war are still open”

by Paulo Aido

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Peace still has not come to Mozambique. For Bishop Adriano Langa of Inhambane, “the wounds left behind by war are not as easy to close as a tap.” The traces and aftereffects of the many years of armed conflict are still visible throughout the African country. During a meeting held at the international headquarters of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in Königstein, Germany, Bishop Langa explained that there is still quite a way to go before it will actually be possible to live in peace.

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