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Christian villagers worship for the first time after displacement by Fulani

111 Christian men, women, and children of Nzhweruvo village gathered to worship at the burnt remains of the Evangelical Church Winning All Nzhweruvo. Located in the Middle Belt of Nigeria about 27 kilometers northwest of Jos, the Plateau State capital, this church was attacked and burned to the ground earlier this year during a series of attacks that lasted from mid-June to early August.


The residents’ pastor, Reverend Gayus Kwa Kese, read from the Ezra 3:10-13, encouraging the Christian faithful during the sermon to “come back home by God’s grace.” In his sermon, Pastor Kese urged the people come back, rebuild their houses, and restore the church.

Sunday Ki, the community leader, told ICC that his community needs help. The government has failed them for years, he said, and left them to the mercy of gunmen. Speaking with anger, the community leader said that if Christians in the diaspora do not help them Fulani will soon overcome them and capture their land.

During the attacks this summer, Fulani militants attacked the Nzhweruvo village and the surrounding area mercilessly. The Fulani militants went from house to house, setting each on fire, until they had torched more than fifty houses in the hamlet holding approximately 600 residents. Government security did not appear for about four hours.


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