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ICC Note: In June of 2018 Militant Falani Herdsmen took the lives of over 200 Christians and this year alone, militant Fulani Herdsman have killed 6x more people than Boko Harm. However, many are starting to question what is sparking these killings. Are they really radical Islamic terrorist or are they victims in the age of global warming.

09/12/2018 Nigeria (The Christian Post) –  On June 26 and 27, clashes between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and local area farmers near the city of Jos, Nigeria, led to the killing of more than 200 persons, mostly Christian farmers. These clashes were one of the worst episodes of what Nigeria’s middle belt has been experiencing for years. This year, the conflict between Fulani herders and Christian farmers has taken six times more lives than the more highly publicized Boko Haram insurgency.

Sadly, these attacks and killings are likely to increase in the absence of a comprehensive solution that addresses the root causes. So how can we advocate, and pray, for an end to this injustice?

As an evangelical ministry in Geneva, my office, the Geneva Liaison Office of the World Evangelical Alliance, needs to grapple with these issues, present meaningful assessments and advocate in United Nations circles in the right direction in order to prayerfully serve the churches. Together with the World Council of Churches, we submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s current session a written statement. This statement, based on field visits by the World Council of Churches’ advocacy officer, sought to echo the voices of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria by urging the Nigerian government to act to stem violence.

We wrote that “religion is being used to justify extremism, violence and killings. The violence has taken a religious dimension, involving Muslims and Christians. Sectarian hostility raises the concern of fueling the conflict.” And we added that poverty and the manipulation by political leaders were also causes for this conflict. And we called on the international community to support the Nigerian government, not only militarily, but also as it implements its National Livestock Transformation Plan – addressing the economic root causes of the conflict in Africa’s most populated nation.

In stark contrast to our tone and approach, the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ) submitted a written statement to the same council session headlined “Requesting that the U.N. Recognize and Put an End to the Atrocities being Carried Out Against Christians in Nigeria.” The statement equated the Fulani Herdsmen with Boko Haram and stated that the Fulani “are attacking Christian farmers, destroying homes and churches, and even kidnapping Christian school girls in order to marry them to Muslim men.”

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