In the Middle Belt of Nigeria, the center of Christian presence in northern Nigeria, Muslim 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. herders have been attacking Christian farmers. Hundreds have been brutally killed. Many of the victims are women and children.
Although there are socioeconomic factors driving the violence, and ethnicity can never be completely left out of the picture, the religious agenda to the attacks is clear. The Nigerian government as well as most international media largely deny these incidents occurred.
Additionally, the government’s response has been very poor: they have failed to protect Christian communities against attacks and there has been terribly insufficient relief aid for affected Christians. The Christian communities involved do not feel the government’s proposed solution will resolve the issue.
We invite you to join us in writing to embassies in Nigeria to urgently ask them to provide security, safeguard humanitarian aid, ensure education and provide trauma care for those impacted.
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