Journal Entry # 24
March 9th, 2010
March 8th, 2010 news report, 500 butchered in Nigerian killing fields. This apparently the worst day in the ongoing conflict that has killed so many. The conflict is between the Muslims in the north and the Christians in the south.
500 butchered in Nigeria killing fields
A boy sits crying
with his mother
at a funeral
Dozens of bodies lined the dusty streets of three Christian villages in northern Nigeria yesterday. Other victims of Sunday morning’s Muslim rampage were jammed into a local morgue, the limbs of slaughtered children tangled in a grotesque mess.
One toddler appeared fixed in the protective but hopeless embrace of an older child, possibly his brother. Another had been scalped. Most had severed hands and feet.
Officials estimate that 500 people were massacred in night-time raids by Muslim gangs near Jos, the city that bestrides Nigeria’s Christian-Muslim fault line.
Local journalists and civil rights organisations who toured the area yesterday told The Times they had counted at least 200 victims shot and hacked to death in apparent revenge for sectarian violence in January that claimed about 300 lives from the two communities. Mark Lipdo, a co-ordinator for the Stefanos Foundation, a Christian aid group, confirmed at least 93 dead in one village. “But there are corpses charred beyond recognition,” he said.
You can find this and similar stories throughout the internet. This apparently started out as a tribal conflict with land disputes but quickly became a religious conflict.
This story inspired me to write a song today called 500 dead today. I cannot literally go over to Nigeria and put a stop to this so I will do what I can. I would not want to be in the middle of this madness. What posse’s people to do these terrible things to each other? How can you possibly live with yourself after butchering another human being especially a child hacking off their hands and feet? I cannot imagine doing that to another human being. What can you possibly use to justify this? The only thing could be religion. I am disgusted with us as a species for allowing this type of behavior to continue. This is the type of incident that absolutely proves my point that believing in lies leads to negative consequences. I keep hearing that Islam and Christianity are religions of peace. Where is the peace here? We must stop this senseless behavior as a species and the only way we stand a chance of doing this is to stop believing in lies and to start acknowledging the truth. Each religions holy book is the word of god and must be followed without question. To not do this is to basically follow a different version of that religion. Each holy book condones violence as a means to fulfill commands. Look I don’t care how you try and turn the statements in the books around they absolutely condone violence and the end result of this is what happened in Nigeria and happens daily in many other parts of the world.
This just has to stop. People have to give up their religious agendas and truly move towards peace. It really is that simple. Unfortunately the answer I would eventually get is to kill me because I oppose or I have insulted their religion. It is amazing how many people feel that this is the answer and given the chance with no repercussions they would do this. When will we wake up and realize that things truly have to change but it has to be the right change. I have not seen one positive outcome that religion has been responsible for when it is allowed to dictate how communities or countries are governed.
Seek the truth always
Gary David Currie