Nigeria: surging bloodshed strains 'marriage of irreconcilables'




 
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Nigeria: surging bloodshed strains 'marriage of irreconcilables'
 
April 28th, 2014  
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Nigeria: surging bloodshed strains 'marriage of irreconcilables'
By Isaac Abrak, Tim Cocks and Pascal Fletcher UNGWAN GATA/ABUJA Nigeria (Reuters) - When Fulani raiders carrying rifles, machetes and clubs stormed his village one night last month, Pius Nna was stunned to see his teenage nephew among them. Sitting in a courtyard littered with rubble, Nna told how his sister's son, whose father is a Muslim Fulani, had led the raiders to burn down his farm in the attack on Ungwan Gata village, one of several mostly Christian Moro'a communities in Nigeria's central Middle Belt. Feuding over land and resources between rival communities in the Middle Belt has killed tens of thousands since independence from Britain in 1960. Fueled by ethnic and religious antagonisms, the violence has been compounded since 2009 in Africa's No. 1 oil producer by a spreading Islamist insurrection in the northeast, led by a group called Boko Haram.




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