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Africa Mission

The Africa Mission is focused on the countries of Nigeria and Mali and directed by Rev. Finnian O. Ebuehi. Rev Ebuehi has directed and coordinated long term field work in Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Cote D' Ivoire and Benin with regular mission trips to these and other African countries over the last decade. Rev. Ebuehi has coordinated mission trips through the United States, England, France, and Switzerland.

In some of the countries of Africa, persecution is conducted against individuals because of political or religious affiliation. In some locales, ruling regimes oppress communities on political, security, cultural and economic levels. The result of the oppression reduces the influence and reach of these communities, and in some cases physically reduces their size.

In some countries, religious leaders, adherents and converts are sentenced to death or summarily executed. Political and religious persecution in Africa has observed the enslavement of people taken or sold for purposes of work.

Recent efforts have focused on education and erection of schools for early education. We are seeking to coordinate with existing organization on HIV/AIDS education and eradication.

2006 News: Nigeria sees 3 million displaced by conflict in 7 yrs

By Estelle Shirbon. Reuters.

03/14/2006 - Ethnic and religious fighting, land disputes and communal conflicts have driven more than three million Nigerians from their homes since the return to democracy in 1999, an official report showed on Monday.

The National Commission for Refugees said the problem of internal displacement in Africa's most populous nation was worsening and now appeared to be a permanent feature of society.

"The magnitude, scope, character and dimension of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria is frightening," the commission said in a presentation to a National Assembly public hearing, aimed at improving the response to the problem.

"From Yobe in the far north to Calabar on the fringe of the Atlantic, the IDP situation appears to increase from day to day," it added.

The commission, a state body, said the government was not paying sufficient attention to IDPs.

Abdul Oroh, of the House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights, said few people were prosecuted after deadly bouts of violence that drove people from their homes.

The commission said the IDP problem stemmed from three decades of military rule that caused deep but repressed anger within society. The return to civilian rule in 1999 allowed frustrations to come out into the open and erupt into conflict.

COMPLEX ROOTS

At least 14,000 Nigerians have died in ethnic, religious or communal fighting since 1999, according to conservative estimates of human rights groups.

In the most recent outbreak, religious riots in the northern city of Maiduguri last month killed up to 50 people, mostly Christians, and left many more homeless.

In a typical pattern, the Maiduguri killings sparked reprisal murders of Muslims in the southern city of Onitsha and there too, thousands fled their homes, seeking refuge in army barracks or leaving the area altogether.

The causes of internal displacement in Nigeria are varied and complex, with many disputes beginning over land or political control of local areas and later taking on an ethnic or religious dimension, the Commission for Refugees said.

The worst-affected of Nigeria's 36 states was Delta in the southern, oil-producing Niger Delta region.

The commission said Delta state had witnessed 700,000 IDPs because of fighting between the Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic groups over who should control the oil city of Warri, as well as other conflicts involving militias. The figure refers to 2003 when ethnic warfare reached a peak.

Other states in the Niger Delta, where resentment against the government has fueled a cycle of militancy, oil theft, sabotage, kidnappings and army repression, also ranked highly in numbers of IDPs.

2005 News: Reuters recently reported hundred of deaths as a result of riots in Nigeria. “Christian community leaders said 500-600 people, mostly Christians, were killed in two days of rioting by Muslims in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

Rev. Andrew Ubah, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kano, told Reuters that he had records of almost 600 killed in the rioting by Muslims seeking to avenge the killing of hundreds of Muslims in central Nigeria last week. ‘Almost 600 people have been killed and 12 churches burned,' Ubah said, adding he was keeping a tally of the dead based on information from ministers across Nigeria's second largest city. His estimate is far higher than the official death toll given by the police Wednesday of 30 dead.

David Emmanuel, a factory worker, said he saw two truck loads of bodies being driven along Kano streets Wednesday night and counted at least 30 bodies in the street. Two Reuters correspondents have seen another 35 corpses. "Hundreds of people were killed," said Mark Amani, a leader of minority Christians originally from nearby Kaduna state. "Some corpses were burned in wells. Even little children were killed. The bodies of pregnant women were ripped open and their bodies burned."

Throughout 2004-2006, Rev Finnian Ebuehi conducted meetings of religious, political and business leaders in Nigeria, Mali, and Guinea, to address religious conflict, and seek support for establishment of schools and the building of neutral facilities in the region.

 

 

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