Monday, February 27, 2006

Will we ever learn?

I read the following news write up this morning and it completely crushed me. Will we ever get it, this has nothing to do with love or the life of a Christ follower.

Christian youths burning corpses of Muslims

February 24 2006 at 10:02AM

By George Esiri


Nigeria - Christian youths have been burning the corpses of Muslims in the streets after religious riots that have killed at least 138 people across the country.

Christian mobs, seeking revenge for the killings of Christians in the north of the country, cut down Muslims with cutlasses, destroyed their homes and torched mosques in two days of violence in Onitsha, where at least 85 people have died.

"We are happy this thing is happening so that the north will learn their lesson," motorcycle taxi rider Anthony Umai said on Thursday, standing close to where Christian youths were burning the piled-up corpses of 10 Muslims.

'We are happy this thing is happening so that the north will learn their lesson'
Dozens more had been thrown into the back of trucks.

Uncertainty over the political future is aggravating regional, ethnic and religious rivalries in Africa's most populous nation.

Militants in the oil-producing south have waged a three-month campaign of attacks and kidnappings against the oil industry, which has cut exports and driven up global oil prices.

There was no fighting in Onitsha yesterday but Emeka Umeh, of the human rights group the Civil Liberties Organisation, called it "the peace of the graveyard".

Some corpses were still lying on the streets and hundreds of Muslim men, women and children fled the city crammed into open-top trucks.

Thousands more were hiding in army barracks and police stations.

Umeh said most of the 85 bodies his group counted were Hausas, but some Ibos were killed too.

The Hausas are the main ethnic group in northern Nigeria and most are Muslim, while the Ibos are dominant in the south-east and almost all are Christian.

In northern Maiduguri, where the Christian Association of Nigeria says 50 Christians were killed in a weekend riot that began as a protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, tensions were high during several Christian funeral masses.

The Red Cross said at least 21 people died in Maiduguri.

A crowd of Christian youths broke away from the burial of one of the victims, a Catholic priest, and ran shouting through the streets before police dispersed them.

Mourners wailed as police stood by at the funeral of 13 children from two families who were burnt in their houses.

News of the Maiduguri murders set off the bloodletting in Onitsha, and tit-for-tat violence spread on Wednesday to Enugu, another south-eastern city, where seven people were killed.

Nigeria's 140-million people are divided about equally between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south, but sizable religious minorities live in both regions.

God forgive us for placing your name in front of our ignorant actions.
Wallace D.

2 comments:

Nate said...

Wally,

THat is sad man - how can they ever believe in Christ when people (christians) are doing this. Hey I just wanted you to know man that it's been cool getting to know you alittle more man. I am praying for you today bud!

Nate

Arkay said...

Christian mobs, seeking revenge for the killings of Christians in the north of the country, cut down Muslims with cutlasses, destroyed their homes and torched mosques in two days of violence in Onitsha, where at least 85 people have died.
Doesn't this kinda defeat the purpose..how can we serve God when we are so blind to his Will?