“It is a challenge to the army of Nigeria”, His Exc. Mgr. Oliver Dashe Doeme, Bishop of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, in northern Nigeria, near which lies the village of Dalori, attacked on January 30 by Boko Haram. See attack report
The Bishop told Fides, “The village is less than 2.5 miles from Maiduguri where the military’s headquarters of the operations against Boko Haram is situated. The Islamist sect wanted to demonstrate that, in spite of the blows inflicted by our military, it is still able to operate near Maidugiuri”, said Mgr. Doeme.
“There were no security forces in Dalori at the time of the assault, carried out with extreme brutality. The men of Boko Haram killed a large number of people (at least 86 according to official sources, ed.). They burned most of the houses while two suicide bombers blew themselves up in two places in the village”, says the Bishop.
The Bishop said the attack lasted four hours, despite the village being only a short distance from the headquarters of the anti Boko Haram forces.
“I think that Boko Haram takes advantage of the lack of coordination among the forces that should fight it. In addition, our army is struggling to get into the Sambisa forest, where the main bases of the Islamist sect are. Until these basis are conquered, members of Boko Haram can attack as they wish various parts of northern Nigeria”. The problem is that our troops are not well-equipped for this task. I have collected the complaints of soldiers, who do not have weapons to effectively fight against Boko Haram. Greater efforts are therefore needed by all”, the Bishop concluded.
Voice of the Persecuted stays in close and direct contact with the Diocese of Maiduguri and the needs of persecuted Christians in the area.
The latest attacks have risen concerns of the governments plans to close IDP camps and return the displaced back to their villages. Of course many promises have been given, as the government claims the Islamic extremists have ‘technically been defeated. But continued attacks prove their capabilities to infiltrate and slaughter innocents. Many believe the return of IDP’s is a dangerous risk. Based on assessment reports from inside the country, Voice of the Persecuted is in agreement with those who say they are in danger. We do not believe their lives should be used as an experiment to test the ability of the military who has, to this day, been unable to protect them, even in an attack near to their headquarters.
While checking on the Christians suffering near the recent attack, a Christian leader told Voice of the Persecuted,
“We doing fine but with great panic and fear of the unknown. The experience of current attacks has forced thousands into the city. The villages and towns surrounding Maiduguri are becoming really unsafe. I shall keep you informed of other Christian camps within Maiduguri.”
The camp which VOP is helping to care for, is the largest Christian camp in the area with over 400 displaced persons. We’ve been asked if it would be possible to extend the mission to the other camps too.
Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) is caring for internal refugees from Christian villages hardest hit by the Boko Haram. Many children reside at the camp, including those orphaned and women made widows in the insurgency. Their needs are immense. Please consider supporting this mission to care for those suffering great physical and emotional trauma. VOP is on the ground in Nigeria, GO with us on the mission through your gifts.
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