Nigeria: Brutal Boko Haram attack on predominantly Christian area claims 100 lives

August 28, 2014 by  
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Boko HaramNigeria, August 15, 2014: At least 100 people were killed in and around the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, northeast Nigeria, in an attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. A humanitarian crisis is unfolding as displaced and stranded survivors face food shortages.

Boko Haram reportedly took the town, which was not protected by government forces, in the early-morning attack on 6 August. Residents were brutally shot and slashed to death; eyewitnesses estimated that more than 100 people lost their lives. The militants looted and burned houses and destroyed property. Government forces later moved in and have been attempting to recapture Gwoza.

Those who managed to escape to the nearby Gwoza hills, also known as the Mandara Mountains, have been surviving on wild fruits and are at risk of starvation. Some elderly and particularly vulnerable residents remained stranded in Gwoza town without food or water.

The massacre was preceded by raids on villages near Gwoza, which is in Borno state, and the destruction of church buildings in the region. At least five churches were also set ablaze on 30 July in the Hawul Local Government Area of Borno state.

The Gwoza hills, which border Cameroon, have been a safe haven for Boko Haram since 2009. Gwoza Local Government Area has been heavily targeted, with the Christian community bearing the brunt of the violence. Christians have beenmurdered and kidnapped and their houses torched. Speaking to Nigeria’s DailyPost, Christian politician Honourable Biye said that more than 200 churches were burned down in the area in the two years to January 2014.

Other parts of Borno state have also been continuously targeted by Boko Haram militants, including Chibok, from which more than 200 mainly Christian schoolgirls were kidnapped.

Boko Haram is fighting to establish an Islamist state in Northern Nigeria

Pastor Ayo Orisejafor, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has urged both Christian and Muslim communities to engage with the challenge posed by Boko Haram on an ideological level. During a speech reported by PMNEWS, he said:

Boko Haram is propelled by a religious ideology, it is not poverty. Anyone who tells you it is poverty is not telling you the truth. It’s not poverty. When you blame it on poverty, it is an insult to poor people. There are poor people everywhere even Christians all over the north…

Boko Haram insurgency is an ideology. People are being radicalised by an ideology.

– barnabas team

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