Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021
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Nigerian Women Protest Alleged Military Complicity With Terroristson July 19, 2021 at 9:12 pm

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JOS, Nigeria—Having buried their fathers, sons, and husbands who died as a result of terrorist activity in Nigeria, along with what they claim is complicity by the military, northern Nigerian women have taken to the streets in protest. From January to June, 23 attacks by Fulani terrorists in Nigeria’s Plateau State resulted in 215 deaths, according to Mark Lipdo, founder of the Stefanos Foundation in Jos. That appalling loss of life was partly what drove more than 500 women and children to march in protest on July 14, following the shooting of unarmed civilians by men in camouflage fatigues, who local residents believe were regular Nigerian army soldiers. The army has denied the allegation. Bitterness and anger have driven the women to demand that the army leave Riyom County, 17 miles southwest of Jos, the capital of Plateau State.     Tabitha Gyang, a 60-year-old farmer, led the group of …

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