A Christian farmer saw his family massacred in Nigeria
Clement Usoo, a 65-year-old Christian Nigerian farmer whose family was massacred by Fulani herdsmen in 2019, shared his story in a testimony published Wednesday by Aid to the Church in Need-USA (ACN).
Usoo described what transpired on June 1, 2019, in an interview with ACN. He and his brother, he said, were on their way to a nearby farm when they heard gunshots and screaming coming from their village.
Hoping to save their family, Usoo and his brother immediately ran back. As they approached their home the sounds of violence and agony grew louder.
“I rushed inside and saw my son’s head in one corner of the room and the rest of his body in the centre,” Usoo said. “I was confused; I quickly took his head and placed it on his body. I cried and shook the body, to see if God would have mercy and bring him back to life — but that never happened.
“I was about to run out of the room; four Fulani herdsmen ambushed us. They grabbed me, and one of them shot me in the chest, while another slashed my hand with a machete. I was also stabbed in the back.
“They grabbed hold of my brother and mother, tormenting her, telling her to watch them slaughter her son. One of them had an AK47 and shot my brother, who died instantly. My mother could not hold back her pain and collapsed,” Usoo said.
“On seeing that, I fell unconscious, and the attackers thought I was dead and left. Soon after they left, villagers began to collect all the dead bodies for mass burial; that was when they found out I was still breathing. They rushed me to the hospital, where I spent a few months,” Usoo told ACN.
When he left the hospital, Usoo was told four other relatives had been killed in the attack.
With his remaining family, Usoo left his home village to seek shelter in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp known as “Guma Camp.”
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