Friday, September 11, 2015

Terrorist Violence Deprives Children From School; Government Asks Christian Ministry For Help

School children in Nigeria are returning to school next week - but not the hundreds of thousands of children displaced by terrorist violence. A native ministry is taking a step in faith to find education at least for some.

Islamic extremist rebel group Boko Haram stepped up attacks on civilians after Muhammadu Buhari took office as president of Nigeria on May 29, casting a shadow over the government's recovery of territory earlier this year and adding to the more than 1.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs). About half of Nigeria's displaced people are children, and an indigenous ministry is focusing on their needs.

"School children have been out of school now for many months or even years," said the director of the ministry based in the capital, Abuja. "Can we allow these children in the IDP camps to be without schools, when we Christians have the opportunity to show the love of Christ and empower them by giving them schooling?"

Nigerian Primate Calls For Fervent Prayers As Another Bishop Disappears

The car of a Nigerian bishop kidnapped earlier this week has been discovered, prompting 'fervent prayers for his immediate release' from the most senior Nigerian church leader.

Rt Rev Moses Bukpe-Tabwayen, Bishop of Gwagwalada, was taken while travelling from Abuja to Onitsha on 3rd September.

His captors are demanding 40 million Nigerian Naira (approximately £132,000) for his release.

The police authorities in Delta State found the Bishop's car along Onitcha-Ugbo/Ewohimi, where it had been abandoned with its ignition still on. The case has been transferred to the Special Anti-kidnapping Squad/ tracking team, who have instigated a man hunt.

Bishop Bukpe-Tabwayem is one of the youngest bishops in the Church of Nigeria and was consecrated in April 2015.

Discover Stephen Centre - Providing Education, Succour to Boko Haram Victims

Long before the rise of Boko Haram insurgency in the northern part of Nigeria, especially in the North-East, Stephen's Centre established about 15 years ago had been giving hope and life to people and especially rendered homeless and orphans from various parts of the country.
As many thousands of lives have been lost and property worth several millions of naira lost to insurgents and religious strife, several people have also been rendered hopeless, homeless and resident in various Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps in the country.

Aside this, many women became widows while several children were orphaned. And often times, especially in this part of the world, managing trauma of such victims is not always given a priority by the government.
Among humanitarian organisations that have taken up the challenge to provide succour and hope for these categories of victims across the country is the Voice of Christian Martyrs of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, a particular individual within the top echelon of VOCMN, Rev. Isaac Newton- Wusu took it upon himself to establish a special centre that had been offering refuge for children of insurgents' victims from the north.


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