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JOSNigeria, October 14, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a young Christian man after stopping him on a highway in Kaduna state on Oct. 5, while in Plateau state another 13 Christians have been slain in less than a month, sources said.

Armed herdsmen stopped the vehicle of Bartholomew David, 23, and a female passenger shortly after he had dropped his sister off at the Akilbu railway station, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the city of Kaduna on the highway to Abuja. They took David and the woman, who had requested a ride from him to the Akilbu station, into the wilderness, Akilbu resident Enoch Barde told Morning Star News.

“As he was coming back he gave a lady a lift to Akilbu, and on their way the kidnappers stopped them, took them inside the bush and shot him to death, and the girl ran,” Barde said, citing information he learned from the young woman. “The girl said the herdsmen kidnapped them because they were Christians. She told the police the same thing.”

The woman, whose name is undisclosed for security reasons, and David are of the Adara ethnic group in Kaduna state. Barde added that kidnapping of Christians in the area has become rampant as the Fulani herdsmen are Muslims while the native groups of the Adara tribe are mostly Christians.

“In most cases, only a few women or girls who are lucky usually escape from the rampaging kidnappers,” he said. “And at times, the kidnappers will rape the women and girls before letting them go.”

David, a 2017 graduate of Federal College of Education, Minna, was a member of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Akilbu.

“He was a member of the youth fellowship of the church,” Barde said. 

Plateau State Slayings 

In Plateau state, Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 13 Christians in less than a month, including three slain on Oct. 7, sources said.

The Oct. 7 attack on Vatt village in Barkin Ladi County by “suspected armed Fulani militias” killed two Christian women, Tabitha Joro Dung and Yop Gwom Pam, and a Christian man, Peter Zong, area resident Solomon Dalyop told Morning Star News by phone.

“The three were working on a farm, harvesting tomatoes, when the herdsmen attacked and killed them in the evening,” Dalyop said.

Four days earlier, on Oct. 3, herdsmen killed four members of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Vatt, Dalyop said.

A member of Nigeria’s National Assembly, Simon Mwadkon, called the killings in Vatt “ungodly, barbaric and a sacrilege” in a press statement from Jos.

“It does appear simply that some people are determined to undermine all efforts to restore peace in our communities,” Mwadkon said.

In Jol village in neighboring Riyom County, herdsmen on Sept. 28 ambushed and killed three Christians returning to their community who had been displaced by violence a year ago, sources said. They also were members of COCIN.

In Bassa County, which shares a border with Riyom, three other Christians were killed in Hukke village on Sept. 23, area resident John Gospel Gana told Morning Star News by phone. Those killed were two women, Ladi Wuh, 45, and 36-year-old Laraba Audu, and community leader Musa Yevuh, 40. All three were members of the Baptist Church.

Gana called the attack “an act of inhumanity of armed Fulani to us at Hukke.”

“The three were ambushed by a group of 10 armed herdsmen on the morning of the fateful day at about 8:30 a.m. as they were on their way to the farm a few miles out of their village,” he said.

Gana called on the Nigerian government to urgently “step up deliberate action to end the renewal of both guerilla attacks by bloodthirsty Fulani marauders whose consistency in raiding communities has obviously become a gradual extinction of our people.”

In addition, three Christians are still receiving hospital treatment for wounds sustained in an attack on Aug. 1. Timothy Joseph, 23, Nuhu Ishaya, 22, and Achi Danjuma, 21, were returning to Ancha village from Hukke when Fulani herdsmen ambushed and shot them, Ancha resident John Bulus told Morning Star News.

“The victims are currently receiving treatment at a hospital in the city of Jos,” Bulus said. 

Christian Leaders Call for Action 

Lawrence Zango, a spokesman for area Christian communities, confirmed the attacks, saying such assaults have continued unabated in spite of efforts to persuade the Nigerian government to address the violence.

“Our communities have been attacked by armed Fulanis in the past three years without end,” Zango said. “All efforts to call the attention of the Nigeria government to these attacks are futile, as no effort has been made to end them.”

At a recent funeral for slain Christians, the Rev. Joshua Bari, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the area, expressed his dismay at the government’s inaction.

“We consider this to be purely an impudent act, and in fact a degrading treatment being done on Christians to stop us from preaching the message of peace,” Pastor Bari said. “We, therefore, plead and urge the government of Nigeria to come to our rescue by putting a stop to these killings, knowing fully that the sole duty of the state is to protect lives and properties. When this is not done it shows that the state has failed.”

He called on Christian organizations, individual Christians, Non-Government Organizations and the government to support the families of the deceased prayerfully and financially to help alleviate their sufferings.

Nigeria ranked 12th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. 

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A typhoon hit Japan just south of Tokyo on Saturday evening killing anywhere between 14 and 33 people. 

According to the Associated Press, Typhoon Hagibis wreaked havoc on northern and central Japan Saturday dumping several inches of rain and producing high gusts of wind in the area. 

Fourteen different rivers across the island country were also reported to have flooded as a result of the storm. 

The government’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Sunday that, so far, 14 people have been killed, 11 have been reported missing, 187 were injured, and some 1,283 homes were flooded with 517 either partially or totally damaged. The AP reports that the Fire and Disaster Management Agency tends to be conservative in their estimates.

Japanese media reports significantly higher numbers with Kyodo News saying that 33 people were killed in the storm and 19 are missing.

The Tokyo Fire Department confirmed one woman’s death noting that a woman in her 70s. was “accidentally dropped 40 meters to the ground while being transported into a rescue helicopter in Iwaki city in Fukushima,” the AP reports.

As of Sunday morning, approximately 376,000 homes were without electricity and 14,000 homes were without running water. By Sunday evening, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. issued an update noting that more than 66,000 of their customers were still without power. Tohoku Electric Co. also issued a statement saying that some 5,600 of their customers were without power in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.

A politician in the ruling party, Fumio Kishida, said in a statement that the government is working hard to conduct rescue operations and to provide relief to those moved to shelters.

“So many risks remain, and it is a reality that we must stay on guard. We must do our utmost. In these times, a disaster can hit anytime,” Kishida told news talk show NHK.

The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday.

Photo courtesy: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images/Stringer

Thousands of Christians, Kurds and Yazidis are fleeing parts of Syria as violence continues between Turkey’s forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces.

This week, the White House announced that American soldiers would be pulled out of northern Syria. Along with the announcement, Turkey moved its forces into northern Syria, CBN News reports.

The group In Defense of Christians, said they are “deeply concerned for the Christian and Yazidi communities of Northeast Syria should the Republic of Turkey move into the region.

“There are over 40,000 Christians in the Northeast, which is a dramatic decrease from the 130,000 Christians who lived in this area before the impact of ISIS and the Syrian Crisis,” the statement from the group said.

A Catholic archbishop in Ebril, Iraq previously said that pulling U.S. troops from any hostile areas would lead to more violence against Christians, the Catholic News Agency reports.

“We are gravely concerned regarding the recent draw down of the U.S. presence in Iraq,” the archbishop said.

“Having faced genocide at the hands of ISIS, our shattered communities have drawn immense hope from the promise of the American commitment to Iraqi minority communities spearheaded by the vice president.”

The archbishop was referring to a 2017 promise from Vice President Mike Pence, who said the U.S. would protect persecuted Christians and minorities.

“The United States will work hand in hand from this day forward with faith-based groups and private organizations to help those who are persecuted for their faith. This is the moment, now is the time, and America will support these people in their hour of need,” Pence said.

According to CBN News, Christian soldiers with the Syrian Democratic Forces have been going to churches to pray and kiss the Bible before going to fight.

Trump said the decision to remove American troops is not about “abandoning” Kurdish soldiers.

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!),” he tweeted.

He said that could include sanctions on the country.

“We won, we left the area. I don’t think we want to go back in. Let’s see what happens. We are going to possibly do something very, very tough with respect to sanctions and other financial things,” Trump concluded.

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