Lord Alton Urges UK to Act on Escalating Fulani Violence in Nigeria

Yesterday, Lord David Alton brought forth the topic of Fulani violence in Nigeria to debate in the UK House of Lords. In his address, he discussed recent attacks, the weapons and tactics wielded by the Fulani militants, and highlighted the asymmetry in the attacks of Fulani militants on Christian farming communities. According to Lord Alton, this escalating violence can no longer be accurately referred to as “farmer-herder” conflict.

“Given the escalation, frequency, organisation and asymmetry of Fulani attacks, does the Minister believe that the references to ‘farmer-herder clashes’ still suffice? In the face of the reports of violence collected by impartial human rights groups, there is no place here for, as it were, moral equivalence; nor is it sufficient for the Government merely to urge all sides to seek dialogue and avoid violence,” remarked Lord Alton.

Lord Alton implored the UK government to acknowledge the escalating Fulani violence in Nigeria and to develop effective solutions that will bring an end to the violence as well as protect vulnerable communities.

Read more from yesterday’s debate in the UK House of Lords:

https://davidalton.net/2018/06/28/escalating-systematic-violence-in-nigeria-fulani-militias-and-boko-haram-threaten-the-future-of-one-of-africas-great-countries/

NIGERIA UPDATE: Over 200 Dead in Plateau State After Fulani Militant Attacks

Attack on Kai village, Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State

On Sunday, June 24, Fulani militants attacked over a dozen towns in the Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Riyom local government areas of Plateau State. The militants burned homes, plundered villages, and shot indiscriminately at innocent men, women, and children in a 48-hour siege. Over 200 individuals have died from the attacks, a figure that continues to rise as scores of victims injured with gunshot wounds flee to hospitals or other villages in search of refuge.
The Plateau State government imposed a curfew affective immediately on Sunday night, restricting movement from 6pm-6am in the Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South Local Government Areas to prevent a further collapse of law and order.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State quickly condemned the Fulani militants for the attacks, calling for the immediate detainment and prosecution of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). MACBAN has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and several Nigerian leaders consider the attacks a genocide. Benue State, also in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, has fallen victim to several assaults inflicted by Fulani militants – most notably in late April of this year. On April 25, an estimated 30 militants attacked a Catholic mass in Mbalom, killing 17 parishioners and 2 priests. The militants then proceeded to lay siege on the community, destroying 60 houses, farmland, and food buildings.
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Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in Central Nigeria who have lost their loved ones and their homes to violence. Please also pray for the Fulani militants, specifically that God may soften their hearts and put an end to this genocide.

URGENT: Syria Update

URGENT SYRIA UPDATE: Call your congressman!
On June 6, the U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. and Turkey have planned an enforced evacuation of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the city of Manbij. Until recently, the U.S. has supported the YPG as one of the few forces successful in fighting ISIS in Syria.
This decision is in the wake of Turkey’s recent attack on Afrin, a city just south of Turkey’s southern border. Although the YPG and the Kurds are and continue to be critical for the fight against ISIS, Turkey has oppressed the Kurdish minority for many years and views all Kurds as part of the PKK Terrorist organization. In January, President Erdogan sent the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – a rebel militia group with ties to Islamic extremism – into the city of Afrin to forcibly evacuate the Kurds and Yazidis residing there. The FSA committed horrible atrocities: they targeted and killed anyone who resisted their advances, looted Christian homes, vandalized the local church, attacked and raped women, and shot children in the streets. A group of FSA militants allegedly filmed as they attacked a young woman, raped her, and sent the video footage to her husband.
As the U.S. collaborates with Turkey to evacuate YPG, we are pushing the Kurds even further into the landlocked east – where they are vulnerable to more attacks like that in Afrin and potentially the severing of all food supplies.
You can do something! Contact your congressman and urge them to address this on Capitol Hill. Together we can bring attention to our leaders and end U.S. support for Turkey’s wrongful oppression of the Kurds.

Positive step for religious freedom in Indonesia

Discriminatory law overturned

This month Indonesia’s Supreme Court declared that the law forcing adherents of indigenous religions to instead identify as one of the state-recognized religions on their national ID cards is unconstitutional and discriminatory.

Indonesia only recognizes 6 religions- Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism or Confucianism. It is the most populous Muslim country in the world. All citizens of Indonesia must list their religion on their national IDs. For those who do not adhere to any of the 6 recognized religions, they are void of recognition, legal rights, and social support provided by the state. They also risk being accused of being an atheist and getting charged under the country’s blasphemy law.

The decision by the supreme court to overturn this law should allow those of minority religions to exercise fuller rights and face less state-led persecution.

Challenges Remain

For indigenous tribes who have been affected by religious discrimination, challenges persist. The Orang Rimba of the Sumatran rainforests have been targeted by a vigilante group called the Islamic Defenders Front. BBC reported that 58 families of the Orang Rimba were forced to convert to Islam 3 months ago in order to enroll their children in school.

Please pray that the change in law will make real positive impacts for people groups such as the Orang Rimba.

Ending violence against women & children

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. All around the world women are abused physically, sexually, and emotionally. Sexual abuse is especially rampant in India, where millions of women and children are being trafficked as sex slaves every day.

Though women have been trafficked for a long time in India, the trafficking of children is newer. Yet it’s growing into a booming industry with an estimated 135,000 new children becoming enslaved in India each year.

In our modern world, slavery is very real and ever present. In fact, studies agree that there are more slaves today than ever before in history. These statistics are devastating and intolerable.

With the mission of caring for those suffering in silence, we couldn’t just stand by as innocent lives were destroyed.

Over 21 years ago Jubilee Campaign UK partnered with Bombay Teen Challenge and helped construct homes near Mumbai-a mega city with an extensive, popular, and destructive red light district in India. These homes were built in an effort to rescue children from forced prostitution and slavery. Beginning in 2004 Jubilee Campaign USA continues to financially support Jubilee Home IV, a home for rescued minors who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

If you wish to donate to help the children who are trafficked in India, a great option would be through the purchase of jewelry pieces made by rescued former sex slaves. Rescued women craft jewelry and leather goods to sell in order to help their children and themselves to recover. We sell these handmade goods as a way to help these women and take part in stopping the cycle of the sex trade. 100% of your donations to this project–Jubilee Home IV–go directly to the work of our partner, Bombay Teen Challenge, to improve the lives of these women and children. To donate or buy one of these beautifully crafted goods go to www.jubileecampaign.com.