'They Need Survivors to Spread Fear'

March 12, 2020

"They usually arrive at night. They are barefoot, so you can't hear them coming unless they're on motorcycle. Sometimes a dog sounds the alert, sometimes a sentinel. Then a terrifying stampede, whirling clouds of dust, cries of encouragement from the invaders. Before villagers can take shelter or flee, the invaders are upon them in their houses, swinging machetes, burning, pillaging, raping. They don't kill everyone... They need survivors to spread fear from village to village, to bear witness that the Fulani raiders fear nothing but Allah and are capable of anything." -- Bishop Benjamin Kwashi

They call it the silent slaughter. Christians, being massacred by the hundreds in the bloodbath of modern Nigeria. Miles of countryside, some of the most beautiful in all of Africa, sits empty, Richard Ikiebe says. A string of ghost towns. "I asked the guy who had taken me there, 'Where are the people?' He said, 'They've all run away. They're afraid of the violence.'" And most of the world has hardly noticed.

Wednesday, on "Washington Watch," Stephen Enada, co-founder of the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) and Richard, founder of the International Organization of Peace Building and Social Justice sat down to talk with me to answer the hard questions. Just how urgent is the situation? And what can America do about it? Listen in on our conversation to find out.