While here in America we argue over pronouns, some around the globe have far worse problems.
In the small central Nigerian village of Kulben last week, a group of Christians was attacked by extremist Muslims.
The result was a massacre.
As stated by PM News, the January 8th assault was confirmed by the Plateau Police Command.
Officials believe it was the work of Muslim Fulani herdsmen.
On Thursday, Police Public Relations Officer Tern Tyopev explained to the News Agency of Nigeria:
“In the early hours of today, we received a distress call that gunmen, suspected to be herdmen attacked Kulben community of Kombun District of Mangu. As a result, 12 persons lost their lives and one severely injured. … As I speak, our team of detectives and other officers are in the scene of the crime to prevent further attacks.”
That injured person has apparently since passed away.
The Morning Star News reported on the slaughter:
About 20 herdsmen attacked the predominantly Christian village of Kulben, in Plateau state’s Mangu County, at about 8 p.m., area residents told Morning Star News. The 13 dead were all members of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), as were three people wounded in the assault, they said.
“They were shooting with guns in all directions, forcing the villagers to scamper into surrounding bushes,” area resident Michael Mutding, 40, told Morning Star News in a text message. “Corpses of those killed have been evacuated by soldiers and police to the mortuary of Mangu Cottage Hospital; and all the victims are members of COCIN.”
The horrific shooting should’ve been prevented.
More from MSN:
Bala Fwengje, a legislator representing the area in the Plateau State House of Assembly, said in a statement that the attacks came in spite of efforts by security agencies.
“This attack on my people by these herdsmen comes as a rude shock to us, as efforts have been made by security agencies to curtail such incessant attacks on our people,” Fwengje said. “It is a sad thing that these attacks are still being carried out by the herdsmen on our people without provocation.”
On the same day, outside Nigeria’s Kaduna city, four students attending The Good Sheperd Catholic Major Seminary were kidnapped:
“Armed bandits” abducted the seminarians after the assailants shot sporadically at students, professors and staff members between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to the Rev. Joel Usman, registrar of the institution.
And this is far from the first of violence against Christians in the region.
As I covered in December, in West Africa, an ISIS offshoot stabbed and beheaded 11 believers.
In a video, one of the murderers claimed vengeance:
“We killed them as revenge for the killing of our leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and (IS spokesman) Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir.
I wrote at the time that “Death to Christians” was a growing war cry.
From the AFP:
In recent months, ISWAP has intensified its attacks on Christians, security personnel and aid staff, setting up roadblocks on highways and conducting searches. On Sunday, the jihadists killed six people and abducted five others including two aid workers when they intercepted vehicles on a highway on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
The world can be a terrible, evil place.
We have problems at home which need solving. But it doesn’t hurt to hear the pain of the greater world — to pause for a moment in solidarity with those who suffer, and to thank God for our liberty and safety in what is still the greatest nation on earth.
May increasing peace and civility make it greater; we are in a position to lead, and we must.
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