"It is God who saved us": Pregnant, she spends 4 days in a mine with her children to escape a massacre in Nigeria

“It was God who saved us. I didn't know I could do it. Imagine going four days without even water. And I am pregnant. My children endured the whole situation as well. "

At the end of August, the village of Tamborong in Nigeria's Plateau State was the target of a violent attack. Fourteen people were massacred, according to Sun News, which relays the testimony of a survivor, Juliet Yohanna.

This pregnant woman hid in a mine with her five children. They stayed there for four days, without eating or drinking. The armed men walked through the mine but could not find them.

“It was God who saved us. I didn't know I could do it. Imagine going four days without even water. And I am pregnant. My children endured the whole situation as well. "

Her husband searched for them for days. He had come to believe that they had also perished in the attack.

Juliet remembers that "fateful day".

“On that fateful day, the Fulani were seen on the hills moving as if they were passing. We didn't know they were spending the night in the community. Our people could not sleep that night. But as they tried to get some sleep in the early hours of the fateful day, the shepherds knocked and caught them off guard. They killed 14 people from the community, burned our homes and destroyed our food. We had nowhere to go and no help was coming our way. "

For Nathan Johnson, regional director ofInternational Christian Concern for Africa, “these barbaric and devastating attacks must be stopped”.

“These barbaric and devastating attacks must be stopped. The loss of so many lives without government support or assistance means that violent perpetrators are likely to continue their violence. The Nigerian government must find a way to stop these attacks faster and then must severely punish those who commit these atrocities. "

MC

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