The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria has suffered untold violence
from the terrorist attacks of Boko Haram. Several hundred thousand members of
EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria) have been displaced. Thousands have been abducted
or killed, including the 276 girls abducted from the Chibok school in 2014. Hundreds
of church buildings have been looted, burned, or destroyed.
The outside world has seen the pictures and tallied the numbers but has not
truly heard from those affected by the violence. This book attempts to
share the experiences of those involved in the crisis of Northern Nigeria and gives
voice to the women, men, and children who have suffered. By hearing their
stories, we share their burden of tears. By seeing their faces, we witness an
enduring faith and a commitment to nonviolence. These are not merely symbols of
violence, but individuals with real stories, real families, and real pain.
collection was taken from direct transcripts of recorded interviews by Carol Mason
from February 16 to March 29, 2017. Each person was asked two questions, “Where
were you when the Boko Haram attacked and how did it affect you?” The stories widely
represent various affected areas, types of experiences, and populations. Together
they are a significant effort at establishing a sustainable peace in Nigeria.
Donna Parcell took all the accompanying