NIGERIA: (Voice of the Persecuted) Latest update FULL REPORT from our project contact on the front lines in Nigeria.
What is known as the circumscription of Maiduguri diocese has gone through untold hardship and pains. Our people are been massacred daily. Traveling from one part of the diocese to another has become dangerous as it is deadly. From Maiduguri which houses the Episcopal Throne – the head quarter of the diocese to the Adamawa part of the diocese which before now takes just three hours now lasts about fifteen hours by road. We now have to travel through Damaturu in Yobe state, Gombe state and Yola before making it to Mubi axis of the Catholic diocese of Maiduguri.
Traveling for hours is not our major plight but the danger on the way has recently become a constant threat.
Commuting along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway was halted again for the fourth time in a week, as security operatives battle to prevent travelers from driving into an ambush by the bloodthirsty insurgents. I passed through this road to Maiduguri from Jos on Wednesday 15/7/2015. A lot of cars were intercepted and burnt down. A good number of the residents of most villages along the Maiduguri – Damaturu highway had fled their communities for fear of further attacks. The rate of the Boko Haram attacks in the past few weeks have become worrisome and dangerous. This remains the only route linking Maiduguri city with the other parts of the world. One can only imagine, what it would look like, if the terrorists succeed in cutting us off from the other part of Nigeria.
Boko Haram has in the last one year bombed all major bridges on four of the five highways linking the rest of the world with Maiduguri. The group has also planted landmines on the roads, killing several travellers.
Maiduguri now hosts over a million internally displaced persons, and now relies only on the Kano-Damaturu-Maiduguri highway for access. But with the incessant onslaught on the highway by the Boko Haram terrorists, there are fears by residents that even the only relatively safe route might be taken by the terrorists.
We hope that soldiers would be deployed to Benisheik town, 85 kilometres from Maiduguri, to specifically guard the major bridge along the highway, for fear that the terrorists might be plotting to attack the bridge. If that happens, we are doomed in Maiduguri, because that is the only surviving road that thousands of travellers ply daily.
Two days after the attack on Mainok town in Borno state, which left over 30 persons dead and most part of the village burnt, Boko Haram terrorists on Wednesday returned to attack villagers returning to count their losses.
Mainok is a town located about 65 kilometres from Maiduguri, in Kaga local government area of Borno state. The attack lasted about five hours as the gunmen took their time to ensure that no single edifice in the village was left untouched, even as more than 30 villagers and travelers were said to have been killed during the attack.
Sources said more than a hundred Boko Haram terrorists had, at about 5:30pm, stormed Mainok town and opened fire on civilians, killing at least 40 helpless civilians. More than 30 vehicles that were trapped near the village were also burnt as well as hundreds of homes.
Warsala, a village located on the boundary between Borno and Yobe states, in northeast Nigeria, was the latest community along the Kano-Maiduguri highway, that is being attacked by Boko Haram extremists. The attack took place at about 8pm when the gunmen arrived Warsala shooting sporadically and killing innocent citizens freely.
The agrarian community is not more than 5km from Ngamdu, another village along the highway that buried 10 persons killed by Boko Haram terrorists on Friday night. Travelers along the route on Wednesday drove through villages practically deserted, as they sighted some smoking trailer trucks and many cars abandoned by the road side. Some spots were stranded villagers fleeing the dead zone.
A group of travelers along this same route were attacked, and many killed in Ngamdu village about 2 kilometres away from Warsala, which is a village under Yobe state.
The rampaging Boko Haram terrorists have forced the village to start fleeing their homes en mass. People numbering over 3000 were seen trekking [on foot], some were conveyed in trucks and available vehicles. The Damaturu-Maiduguri highway is becoming a dead zone; this is the fourth attack this week from Monday. We pray intensive patrol measures be launched to stop this massacre.
We still have a good number of helpless citizens/ Catholics and priests who must ply this highway daily….your prayers and constant intercession is needed now more than ever. As you can see in the photos above, the situation is very dangerous. Please pray for peace for our brethren and peace in Nigeria.
Project 13:3 Nigeria
In the camp we are helping to aid, the people are desperately struggling. “Their home villages are yet to be conquered. They can’t go back home. Our people are hungry and sick. There is an urgent need for food, medication, clothing, and beddings.” (the camp does not discriminate between denominations, all are loved and welcome.)
We are praying with your help to get the much needed medication and nutritional needs immediately to the families forced to live in this primitive refugee camp. Many who survive attacks and persecution, have no other choice but to live under the extremely harsh conditions of the camps. Many have succumbed to starvation, illness and disease. The children and elderly are most affected. We cannot forget or give up on them. These dear ones are in dire need of our compassion and support, today. Is God calling you to be His vessel in Nigeria? If the Lord is burdening your heart for them, please help us now to shine God’s love and comfort over these families, our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.
Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.
Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
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