Relations continue to deteriorate between Christian farmers and Muslim Fulani militant herders in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. There have been more than 100 attacks on Christian farmers in 2017 alone. This week, Fulani militants attacked the village of Mpaemu, burning down several homes, and forcing the population to flee to safety. This adds to the IDP crisis that is growing in Nigeria. Millions of people have had to flee their homes due to the threat from Fulani militants and Boko Haram over the past decade. As of today, no one has been arrested for the attack on Mpaemu, but we hope to see justice and reconciliation occur.
2017-12-01 Nigeria (ModernGhana) Four houses at Mpaemu a small village near Hweehwee in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region have been burnt allegedly by some nomadic herdsmen.
The victims include a 78-year-old queen mother of Mpaemu, Maame Yaa Kissiwaa Chief, Nelson Ansong popularly know as Alhaji Ansong, the Unit Committee Chairman a member of the committee in the area.
Properties stolen and destroyed include farm produce, drinks, furniture, among other household appliances.
Assemblyman of Hweehwee, Solomon Aboagye confirmed this on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Thursday.
This comes after authorities struggle to end clashes between residents and the nomadic herdsmen known in local parlance as Fulani herdsmen.
The Mpaemu Community has been a ghost town since the reprisal attacks between the nomadic herdsmen and the Hweehwee community. Residents have been seeking asylum in other communities as a result of the situation.
Yaa Kissiwa says, her livelihood has been wiped by the nomadic herdsmen and can no longer afford even a breakfast.
Most of the people in the area fled their homes following recent attacks that led to the death of 10 people.
Basic schools in the area have since the incident about a month ago, closed down as teachers fled for fear of their lives.