Nigeria: Emergency assistance for people fleeing as attacks continue

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Lutheran Disaster Response
Megan Brandsrud

LCCN

Nigerians are fleeing amidst continued attacks that are believed to be the actions of Boko Haram. On Nov. 10, 2014, there was a massacre of 48 people near the territory of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN). This attack is one example of a trend that continues to show attacks worsening in the northern and eastern part of Nigeria where the LCCN is active.

While Nigerians continue to flee, receiving communities are dealing with an influx of internally-displaced persons (IDPs). A youth center outside of Yola, the state capital of Adamawa State, has almost 9,500 refugees living in it, which means that Yola is now struggling to feed and provide humanitarian assistance for the growing number of people arriving.

Working through the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Lutheran Disaster Response is assisting internally-displaced persons in the Yola region by providing 200 blankets, 500 mosquito nets, 200 mattresses, clothes and food packages.

Lutheran Disaster Response will continue to walk with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria and our brothers and sisters who are seeking safety. Join us as we pray for peace, that the attacks will end and the people of Nigeria will find safety. While doing so, we also remember other countries around the world that are in the midst of conflict.

Gracious and holy God, lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

If you would like to support Lutheran Disaster Response’s work in Nigeria, please visit the Lutheran Disaster Response giving page.

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