I Saw My Father’s Butchered Body Wheeled Back Home: First-Class Mechanical Engineering Graduate Recalls the Horrors of 2001 Jos Riots
In 2001, a most unexpected ethno-religious riot broke out in the hitherto serene and peaceful city of Jos. Within days, about 7,000 lives had been wasted while over 50,000 civilians were left displaced and several properties billions of naira destroyed. Davou Thoma Gyang, then a ten-year-old survivor, who has now made good for himself, with a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering, takes a retrospective look at those trouble days with Adeola Ogunlade.
The Executive Director of Stephen Children International, Abeokuta, Rev Isaac Newton-Wusu, has called on the church to invest more in the education and rehabilitation of children of persecuted saints in the nation.
Wusu said this at the 14th anniversary/prize-giving day of Stephens Children International’s Abeokuta, Ogun State.
It was a dark Easter Sunday after unknown gunmen reportedly attacked a community in Jema’a Local Goverment Area of Kaduna State, which left 13 Christians dead.
Details are still sketchy right now, but it is believed to be part of the Southern Kaduna Violence involving the fulani Herdsmen and local farming communities, which so far have left over 200 people dead in past attacks.
I was recently searching through some pieces of papers, and I stumbled upon my old medical registration card No 663/98 from the Sacred Heart Hospital, a Catholic hospital in Lantoro, Abeokuta. I could remember the white lady who did a routine check on my blood pressure in 1998, when I arrived Abeokuta, assured me that I was living in my grave yard, after she found out that my blood pressure read like280/200. I probably did not know the reason for this till this day.
After spending 445 days imprisoned in Sudan on false charges that included “espionage” and “waging war against the state,” long-time VOM staff member Petr Jasek is finally home with his family in Prague.
For nearly 15 months, Petr was moved among five prisons in Khartoum, each worse than the last. Along the way, the Czech national shared a cell with drug smugglers, violent criminals and ISIS fighters, and he experienced physical and emotional abuse because of his Christian faith. Despite everything, he continually shared the gospel with Sudanese, Eritrean and radical Muslim inmates, leading several men to Christ.