Join me today in praying for victims of violence and terrorism in northern Nigeria. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic who writes Humanitarian Prayers to encourage people to pray for those suffering most in our world.
I pray that terrorists and others will not continue to attack civilians or other targets in northern Nigeria. I pray that you will put love and peace into the hearts and minds of all who harm others. I pray that Nigeria’s military and police will be able to effectively keep the peace and protect their citizens.
I pray that the more than 2 million people who are displaced within the country or in neighboring countries as refugees will be treated with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them.
I pray for your mercy for those who have died and for those who mourn.
I pray for greater international awareness of and action to prevent the violence occurring in northern Nigeria.
Notes and Explanations
In the past 10 years, Islamic militant group Boko Haram has carried out countless terrorist attacks and perpetrated violence against civilians as well as Nigeria’s military in the north of the country.
Last month they attacked two military bases in northern Nigeria, killing at least one soldier and stealing weapons. Also in December, they killed fourteen military personnel and police officers in an attack. Boko Haram has killed an estimated 20,000 people and has also kidnapped thousands of civilians over the years.
Boko Haram is not the only perpetrator of violence in Nigeria. Advocacy group Amnesty International claims that in 2018, 2,000 people were killed and thousands were displaced in violence between farmers and semi-nomadic herders.
Also in December, an unidentified gunman killed 17 people in Magami village in the northern state of Zamfara.
According to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, there are currently over 230,000 registered refugees from Nigeria who are displaced in other countries, as well as over 2 million people who are internationally displaced within the country.
Read more news about Nigeria from Al Jazeera.
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