Like many Christian women in Nigeria, Alisa was the victim of sexual violence at the hands of The Fulani are a large ethnic group in West Africa. A third of all Fulani people are pastoralists, making them the largest nomadic community in the world. militants. Thankfully, like a growing number of women in Nigeria, she received trauma care through Open Doors and is now on a journey toward healing. As a part of the program, she painted a self-portrait (pictured above). Today, I would like to share Alisa’s story with you in her own words.
In 2017, we went to the farm to work when The Fulani are a large ethnic group in West Africa. A third of all Fulani people are pastoralists, making them the largest nomadic community in the world. militants attacked us. A group approached me, and then they raped me.
I really suffered. I didn’t think I would survive. But God in His mercies brought me this far.
The last time I came to a trauma care event, I went home feeling much encouraged. People noticed a difference in me.
But I slipped back into despair before this last seminar. I had a very black heart, and that caused me a lot of isolation. I didn’t go out. I didn’t want to meet people. I didn’t want to talk to people because I felt ashamed of myself.
While I was drawing this picture, I remembered what happened to me and that really troubled my heart. But gradually I started feeling happy again. Now, I am overwhelmed and overjoyed. … Seeing the beautiful work of art made me feel so happy. I am also so happy to see your faces.
Honestly, Christian women in Nigeria, especially those in my community, are really going through persecution. It is common for them to be raped. If their husbands try to protect them, they are killed. I really want the world to know about this situation.
If it had not been for the love of God and His comfort, many of us would have turned back to Islam. Pray that God will restore peace in our community. Not only in my community, but in Nigeria at large. Pray that God will bring peace, so that all this evil will stop.
Please join Alisa in her healing journey by praying for her and writing her a letter of encouragement and hope. It will be time well spent.
*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.
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