The drone of approaching vehicles sent a wave of panic over the congregation of Nigerians packed into the village church. Their voices loud with worship instantaneously fell to hushed prayers. Recent attacks against Christians in northern Nigeria had put them on edge. Churches and homes had been bombed or burned to the ground with families still inside. Some Christians were bound and dragged to their deaths behind cars. Others had been executed and left in the street. Now, rumors of an impending strike swirled among local communities. Within moments, several trucks were visible through the windows. They were nearing the church in the center of the village, leaving behind a cloud of dust. Men in mismatched uniforms could be seen through the haze, rifles slung across their bodies. The Boko Haram. In a matter of minutes, the armed men had mercilessly gunned down dozens of men, women, and children. The... View Article
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