I'm sure by now most of you have heard of the recent violence in Jos. If not, check it out here or here. The place is a hotbed of contention between Chrisitans and Muslims. The most recent violence was said to be committed by about 50 Muslim men and left about 200 Christian villagers dead. I saw some pictures, truly horrible, of burrned bodies. Women and little children. What can one even say to that? Why is it so hard for people to live in peace? Here is a little something written my friend:
LETTER TO NIGERIA by Blessing Igiogbe
I am one of your proud children, proud to defend you at any cost. Proud to call you my sweet wonderful mother, but lately I am forced to disown you. Why do you stand by and let your children invoke pain and suffering on their siblings? Why do you stand by and let your children die in vain? Why do you stand by and let your children drag your wonderful name in the mud? O Why my sweet wonderful mother?
My sweet mother, I beg of you to not let the children and mothers of your land be executed in the name of religion and power. My sweet mother come and free us out of bondage from the power elite. Don’t let the greed for money and power be the things that will destroy your children. Don’t let the poor and the children be butchered by those draped in cowardice. Don’t let the corruption and incompetence of those in power ruin your name. Don't let the powerless and the children be deprive of a future of success.
MY DEAR SWEET WONDERFUL MOTHER NIGERIA, PLEASE HEAR OUR CRY!!
The voice of the forgotten
TO ALL MY NIGERIANS ABROAD, WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS ONE. REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEF ARE AND FIGHT THIS WAR. WE MUST STAND BEFORE OUR GOVERNMENT AND DEMAND ANSWERS TO ALL THESE KILLING. WE WILL BE THREATEN AND STOPPED, BUT WE CAN NOT LET THE OPPRESSION OF OUR PEOPLE CONTINUE TO EXIST.