[Reader-list] Nigeria:Massacre Of 500 Christians
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Wed Mar 17 11:41:01 IST 2010
Any further doubts should be cleared by this:
Vatican: Nigeria violence not due to religion
3/8/2010, 9:07 a.m. EST
The Associated Press
(AP) VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says that economic and social reasons, not
religious hatred, are behind violence in Nigeria that has killed more than
The violence Sunday took place in three mostly Christian villages.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi condemned the violence and said
Monday that the conflict must be interpreted in the light of social,
economic, ethnic and cultural factors rather than religious hatred.
Lombardi cited an interview by Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria,
in which he said the clashes resulted from conflict between Muslim shepherds
and Christian farmers. The archbishop told Vatican Radio that the killings
weren't due to religion.
> From: Pawan Durani <pawan.durani at gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:09:16 +0530
> To: reader-list <reader-list at sarai.net>
> Subject: [Reader-list] Nigeria:Massacre Of 500 Christians
CHANNEL 4 NEWS LAST NIGHT- SHOWED HUNDREDS OF BODIES PILED UP-
> CHILDREN AND
WOMEN WERE THE HIGHEST IN NUMBERS- BUT INCLUDED MEN TOO- THE
> MUSLIMS HAD
BEEN SHOOTING GUNS INTO THE AIR- WHEN THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN RAN
> OUT ONTO
THE STREETS THE MUSLIMS ARMED WITH SWORDS AND MACHETI¹S CUT THEM
> DOWN- IT
WAS DESCRIBED AS A MASSACRE!!
10,000 Christians have been
> slaughtered by Muslims in the past four years.
And Barack Obama says
Violence against Christians by Muslims in Jos in central Nigeria site
more than one hundred deaths. Sectarian violence in the region in
took hundreds of lives. The Christian villagers were massacred with
and then put in fire.
A witness who visited the village after the
> massacre reported that there
were hundreds of bodies in stacked layers.
> Muslim attackers came from the surrounding hills and attacked the
> villagers, took them from their homes and slaughtered them with
> is located on the border of the Muslim north and predominantly
> southern Nigeria and is regularly the scene of religious
Approximately 140 million people inhabit Nigeria, the most
> populated country
in Africa. The country is divided by ethnic and religious
> differences. 60%
of the population is Muslim living mostly in the North of the
Christians mainly inhabit the South. The introduction of the Sharia
> law 10
years ago in 12 states provoked a series of riots throughout the
> country. In
August 2004 the Islamic government in the Zamfara state threatened
demolish all churches considered as illegal structures, close all
belonging to Christians during Muslim prayers, and enforce a new
> law against
clothing that is not compliant with Islamic
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