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EMERGENCY AID DISTRIBUTION

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relief at the refugee camp.

On July 27th of this year sectarian violence swept through the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria led by radical Islamic sect leader Mohammed Yusuf. In the five days of violence to follow over 1000 people would be killed, leaving behind 1,264 orphans and 392 widows, 26 houses of worship were razed to the ground along with 50 private homes. Yusuf and the majority of his followers would be killed and peace restored.

A call for emergency relief aid was issued by the Wulari Jerusalem Church of Christ to Healing Hands International and Hope Springs International and $5,000 was promptly sent to help in the relief follow up.  The pictures that follow tell the story of the lives touch by the generosity of those who made this gift possible.

The family of Babagana Sumain, a head teacher killed by a stray bullet during the violence. He leaves behind his wife, three children, an aged mother and sisters.

The family of Babagana Sumain, a head teacher killed by a stray bullet during the violence. He leaves behind his wife, three children, an aged mother and sisters.

The family of Enoch Dogo receiving assistance. Enoch was killed in cold blood in the presence of his family. He was the Assistant Superintrendent of police. He leaves a wife and 10 children.

The family of Enoch Dogo receiving assistance. Enoch was killed in cold blood in the presence of his family. He was the Assistant Superintrendent of police. He leaves a wife and 10 children.

Umar Tella, a Muslim and tailor by profession with a large family receive assistance during his hospital stay from gun shoot wounds and amputation that followed.

Umar Tella, a Muslim and tailor by profession with a large family receive assistance during his hospital stay from gun shot wounds and amputation that followed.

Danjuma Sale, a young islamic man in his early twenties shot on the first day of violence.

Danjuma Sale, a young Islamic man in his early twenties shot on the first day of violence.

Executive board of the Borno Youth Empowerment Forum, an Islamic group we work closely with in Maiduguri, receiving supplies for distrubution.

Executive board of the Borno Youth Empowerment Forum, an Islamic group we work closely with in Maiduguri, receiving supplies for distrubution.

Local government officials expressing graditude for relief efforts.

Local government officials expressing graditude for relief efforts.

Six churches lost their houses of worship near the Wulari Jerusalem Church and each provided with 40 plastic chairs.

Six churches lost their houses of worship near the Wulari Jerusalem Church and each was provided with 40 plastic chairs.

The value of sharing the Love of Christ in this way may best be expressed in the words of a Muslim man who received assistance. “See, this gift is coming from Christians who we don’t share anything in common; our Muslim brothers don’t know the road to this hospital; may God reward you Christians.”

Ebenezer Udofia who led the distribution closed his recent report by saying, “There is still much that can be done for these victims – As many of them have lost the bread-winner of their family, they need to be cared for, most of those that have now become orphans were in school and would be grateful to continue, many of the victims have lost  their limbs and therefore would appreciate an artificial limbs.  Many people have lost their means of livelihood and would give thanks to God for starting business once again.  Many victims have lost their homes, and would ever remain grateful for rehabilitation.  As you ponder on the needs of these victims, may God grant you the divine privilege to make a golden deed by helping those who are in need.  May God bless you as you accompanied your faith with works.

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matt. 25:40

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