Nigeria’s Broken Body of Christ
By Nathan Johnson
08/07/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On the evening of January 26 in Nigeria’s Kwatas village, Fulani militants attacked. During the attack, 11 villagers were killed and five others suffered injuries. The most serious of these was Ladi Solomon, a 38-year-old mother of five children.
Ladi was frying bean cakes to sell in the village. As she turned around to throw out the ashes left in the frying pan, she heard the pop of a gun. A bullet hit her arm, piercing through and grazing her breast. Another bullet hit her thigh.
“There was a woman sitting close to me. She got shot too. She fell and couldn’t get up, so they killed her right there,” shared Ladi, recounting the horrifying scene.
Totally disoriented, wondering which direction the gunshots were coming from and where she should flee, she managed to crawl 200 meters away. With the impact of the bullet injuries, she couldn’t run.
“I met my son at home… He took a wrapper and tied my hand and thigh to keep the bleeding from getting worse. When the place got quiet, I pleaded with my son to go and call a relative to come and help me,” she said.
Ladi suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her right arm, hand, chest, and thigh, but miraculously survived. Unfortunately, her troubles were far from over.
She went on to share her story, one that has been echoed by hundreds of thousands of others over the last few decades.
The Suffering Body
2 Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one part (of the body) suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
The body of Christ in Nigeria is suffering at the hands of those who hate Him. Through greedy land-grabbing and violent anti-Christian attacks, entire villages and thousands of lives have been destroyed by the brutal violence of Boko Haram and Fulani militants in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. Today, many Christians in Nigeria are living a nightmare.
Following an attack, many Christians are left with broken bodies and minds, as well as fractured lives.
Even if they manage to survive the initial attack, they are confronted with an even greater problem: they now lack the means to survive. Their farms have been destroyed, their crops trampled, and their homes burned to the ground. Now, they must recuperate their lives without the aid of family, friends, or a community–all of which have likely been destroyed.
They are left behind in hospitals with no way to pay the bills that they accrue, which only adds to their burden by placing a financial strain on them and any surviving family.
Ladi found herself in this very predicament when she woke up after the attack. She was in need of specialized care at the hospital and had no way to pay for it. Not only this, but she was also unable to care for her husband or five children.
She explained, “I was told that the bullet fractured my arm bone. The bullet also hit my right index finger. Since I have been here, the injuries are being dressed every day. I also take some medicine. The pain is subsiding. We have not been told what the charges and cost of treatment will come [to].”
As Ladi heals, ICC was able to come alongside her. Through your generous donations, we paid off her hospital bills, giving her extra medical aid for medicine and providing her family with a month’s supply of food.
ICC has been able to aid thousands of people in Nigeria who have suffered so greatly.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are trying to live with the scars and bruises of their faith and consider walking alongside them with us today. To learn more about ICC’s work in Nigeria, please visit: www.persecution.org/nigeria-crisis.
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