14 Year Old Girl Describes Two Attacks She Survived

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A young Christian Girl from Nigeria relates her memories of the attacks that took her home and father. The first attack which took her home, happened in March of 2017. Militants raided her village and burned down many houses, including her families. She had to watch it burn down in front of her. The next attack took place in May of 2017. This time it was her father that was killed. He was in the village marketplace when Fulani Militants raided the village. Her father was killed and then brought to her home by some of the other survivors. She had to witness both her home being destroyed and her fathers dead body due to the violence of Fulani Militants. 

02/01/2018 Nigeria (ChirstianPost) A 14-year-old Christian girl from Nigeria has described how she hid during two savage attacks by radical Islamic herdsmen on a marketplace where she saw her father’s dead body laying on the ground.

Rejoice James, a Catholic student at St. Kizito’s primary and secondary school in Samaru Kataf, Kaduna State, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need last week that Fulani radicals attacked her family’s village in March 2017, and started setting houses on fire.

James, who was living with her parents and two siblings, saw her own house “burned to ashes.”

“We couldn’t do anything to stop the fire; we lost everything. It felt like God was really silent and life was not fair. Still, we were unharmed,” she recalled.

A Muslim man helped the family flee, with the survivors of the village attack running through the bush for dozens of miles until they reached the Samaru Kataf region.


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