Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jos crisis: a few words and pix

Dear worried friends and faithful prayer warriors,
Once again, my gratitude is immeasurable for your many emails, messages, prayers, and even phone calls. They humble and amaze me in addition to motivating me to keep posting updates. Though things seemed to attempt to return to normal today, nothing felt normal. The tension and anxiety was visible on everyone's face. And the standard greetings didn't seem like a formality as much today:

Ina kwana? (How was the night?)
Lafiya. Yaya Gagiya? (Fine. How is the tiredness)
Da Sauke. Yaya gida/iyali? (There is improvement. How is the house/family?)

I looked every person I saw in the eye and went through the greetings with the utmost sincerity. Unfortunately, many people had stories to tell. Stories I'm not ready to write in a blog post. Imagine some of the worst, most brutal incidences you've read about concerning African riots and sectarian violence, and you'll have an idea of what's happened in Jos the past few days.
I wish I could say the worst is over, but there are credible reports that more attacks are on their way. Security check points and roadblocks coming into Jos have stopped numerous vehicles carrying guns, ammo, machetes, and hired attackers from all over Nigeria and even surrounding countries. Needless to say, this is bigger than just an election dispute.
Once again, you can likely google "Jos, Nigeria crisis" or something and read up on the situation, but I've also included some pictures and links here. I haven't exactly been around town asking victims to smile for the camera, so these are just the few I've been able to gleen. In the next few days, I'm personally hoping to be able to get involved in the relief efforts when they get organized. Until then, I'll be keeping my ears and knees to the ground.
Burnt vehicles--there are TONS of these all over the place, especially certain parts of town.

"The Family (Corinne, Marc, me, Dana)" trying to stay updated on what's happening. Better info online than outside sometimes.
Smoke rising from a certain part of town Sat. evening. Notice the difference in the two halves of the sky. Towards the right is where most of the burning took place all day.

Hundreds of dead bodies have been taken to the mosques for their burial rites to be said over them. No good figure of the death count so far, but well over 500.

More burnt out vehicles. Ironically, they torched this parking lot of fire engines. Imagine, sending a fire station up in flames.

article about how this is affecting the rest of the country:
http://allafrica.com/stories/200812020825.html

11 comments:

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