Muslim Fulani herdsmen continue their attacks on Nigerian Christians, killing 10 on July 24 and another 37 in Kaduna state in the first half of August.
Two pastors, a 5-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, and a father of nine number among the 47 killed. Bulus Joseph, the 48-year-old father of nine, was gruesomely murdered on his farm. Godwin Jonathan Bakoshi was kidnapped July 29 by Fulani. His body was recovered Aug. 17.
Reports further state that children have been slaughtered, women raped and molested, houses burned and villages looted and vandalized.
Sources say Fulani violence has displaced 50,000 Christians in 109 villages in southern Kaduna state. Christian leaders in Nigeria have said they believe herdsmen attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt are inspired by their desire to forcefully take over Christians’ lands and impose Islam.
Nigeria is No. 12 on Open Doors’ World Watch List 2020 of places most difficult to be a Christian but second only to Pakistan in the number of Christians killed for their faith.