My Personal Experience of a Massacre in Jos, Nigeria
Updated: Feb 18, 2019
My name is Daniel Becker and I am the Development Director for this website/project (Plead the Widows Cause). In October of 2018 I traveled to Jos, Nigeria to meet with our Partners and stakeholders in this project seeking to alleviate the suffering of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) among single women and their fatherless children. Most were victims of Boko Haram or Fulani herdsmen.
There were about 10 of us meeting in the conference room of the Bingham University Teaching Hospital to discuss the various roles our partners had delivered in Phase I of our project. I was moderating the discussion when I noticed a distraction being exhibited on the faces of the local Christian leaders as they peered out the open window. I looked out the window and saw only blue sky and yet—I heard the sound of rain on the hot tin roof. It was explained to me that it was live fire from an AK-57 and originated about two blocks away.
Within minutes, we heard the sound of multiple ambulances delivering victims of an Islamic attack against a local Christian leader, his staff and family. I was a mere 20 yards away as the ambulances unloaded the wounded. Reports of the massacre began coming in from eyewitnesses from the scene. A Christian tribal chieftain had his tribes' administrative offices in his home located near the city center. Jos, is a majority (85%) Christian city with a population of 900,000. It is a Christian bastion in the majority Muslim majority states located in Northern Nigeria. The home was surrounded by armed mask men with AK-47's and machetes. They set the house and offices on fire and shot the family and employees as they fled the building. It was reported that when the authorities arrived (Muslim majority army) they began to indiscriminately fire into the gathering crowd of majority Christians. The total number of dead was 18.
I have put these graphic pictures of the slaughter here at the end of the article. I make no apology for the graphic nature of theses shots. We in the West can not remain silent in the face of injustice against children and GBV against single widows fueled by radical Islamic persecution.