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Who Will Pray for the 2,000 Lives Lost in Nigeria?

“As terrified residents scattered into bushes in Baga town and surrounding villages, the gunmen unloaded motorcycles from their trucks and followed in pursuit.

Residents hid under scant brush. Bullets pierced them.

Some sought refuge in their homes. They were burned alive.

Many who tried to cross into neighboring Chad drowned while trying to swim through Lake Chad. By the time the weapons went quiet, local officials reported death tolls ranging from hundreds to as many as 2,000 people.” (Aminu Abubakar and Faith Karimi/CNN)

Just like that, thousands of lives were taken in the most barbaric fashion imaginable. I wish I could say that these 2,000 Nigerians did not wake up to this reality, but they did. I wish I could say that human beings are not capable of committing such a heinous act, but they are. I wish I could say that these 2,000 lives mattered in some sentimental, substantial or sacred way to Boko Haram, but they didn’t.

And now, a few days after the Islamist terrorist group left its bloodiest print on the town of Baga and the surrounding area, the world remains silent, watching with bated breath. Too shocked to comment. Too desensitized to move. Who, then, will pray for the 2,000 lives lost? Who, then, will be the voice of those permanently silenced?

Two thousand people. Stolen. Their lives should matter.

For those who are unfamiliar with Boko Haram, it’s an Islamist militant group operating in northern Nigeria. Its reign of terror started in 2009 and continues today. Boko Haram’s end goal is to establish an Islamic nation. Its means is mass murder. Thus far, the group has not extended its arm of terror outside of Nigeria. However, it has made threats against neighboring and foreign countries like Cameroon and the United States.

As heinous as these acts have been, global leaders have remained frighteningly inactive. CNN reported: “There has been a reluctance to put boots on the ground unless there’s a direct national security threat to the West.”

What some have failed to realize is that this threat goes far beyond a North, South, East or West. This event is a threat against humanity. It is barbarism in its purest form, masked behind a fraudulent veil of religion. This tragedy affects us all on the most basic human level. So again, I ask, who will pray for the 2,000 lives lost? Who will be the voice of those permanently silenced?

I am personally connected to this story because my veins are filled with Nigerian blood. However, it is my human heart that is most affected. Nigeria is weeping. And Israel is weeping. And France is weeping. They need you. They need the world. They need a voice. In the face of tragedy, we can either question God and ask why He’s allowed such things to happen or we can turn to Him with our prayers and ask that He provide protection over our brothers and sisters suffering around the world. We must pray. Spread the word. Shine the light on these monsters hiding underneath the fabric of our world.

When people pray, God moves. But we must move too. We have to rise up, united, and say we won’t stand for this!

Two thousand people. Stolen. Their lives will forever matter.

 

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-14)

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  1. solus

    Posted by solus on March 19, 2016 at 01:52

    I’m a full Nigerian too. It’s been two years now since the abduction of the school girls. Stories of what does 219 abducted school girls passed through are hideous. One of them was buried alive and a stoned to death for her refusal to accept Islamic religion. I also got stories that they were raped approx. 15 times a day of which some became pregnant. And they were also sold out as wives to some men. Journalists believe that they think western education is bad. And girls are not supposed to be educated but should given as wives even as early as 10 years. Now the worst is that they are tricking people into believing that dying for allah is an honour to him. So they suicide bombers everywhere. Some even disguise as students and bomb a whole school.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by saraileft on January 20, 2015 at 18:18

    It’s so sad to see so many people die . They just had their lives stolen

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by GirlBelieve631 on January 18, 2015 at 13:24

    I think is wonderful idea and so glad someone on Project Inspired brought this up. Nigeria is my birth home where my parents grew up, it’s so frustrated and sad to see that every single days on news day and night to know how more and more awful news about Nigeria is still increase. So, I suggest we really should to pray for two thousand people’s lives were taken away from Boko Haram and also pray for hope this brought other countries together and form an army that will take Boko Haram Once and For All!

  4. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on January 17, 2015 at 14:44

    May I suggest we pray for the people of Nigeria and any relatives of those among the 2,000, rather than praying for those killed? This is a radical thought too, but we should pray for the Boko Haram and the other terrorists to see Jesus.

  5. Cornerstone

    Posted by Cornerstone on January 17, 2015 at 14:06

    As a Nigerian sometim it hurts to see my country on the headlines every now and then and worst its bad news but from a closer view you see God is really good to Nigeria. It seems as if Nigeria is hot and there is war every where but to tell the truth there is a beautiful peace in Nigeria I enjoy.
    Yes. There are a lot of issues requiring attention like power, politics and security even the February 2015 elections. We are praying and we are seeing God work keep on praying for Nigeria we need it.
    Thank God also for us

  6. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on January 15, 2015 at 01:18

    Thanks for sharing this story!! I want to speak up for those who cannot speak themselves, including these humans! They are in my prayers and thoughts!

  7. TOgunsola

    Posted by TOgunsola on January 14, 2015 at 10:06

    Finally, someone speaks out about these kinds of topics on Project Inspired. May God give me the grace to continue to stand in the gap in prayer for all of the people around the world suffering, especially those being terrorized. It is so upsetting that in our world people only care about the countries that “matter” – or should I say that developed, rich, and often European nations. I wish everyone cared about what happens in every part of the world, because we have brothers and sisters across the globe and we don’t have to know them to agree with me; the Bible is our proof, we are seeds of Adam and Eve. #PrayForNigeria #PrayForPeace #JesusIsComing #BeSetApart #StandOut #BeALight #ShineForChrist We are Christ’s representatives and I don’t think we are representing him as well we should.