More murder and mayhem, this time in Mali

Jihadists massacre entire Christian village

in Mali killing at least 100, many burnt to

death

 

Strange this never made a headline!


5 July 2019

At least 100 men, women and children were slaughtered in Sobame Da, a mainly-Christian village in the Mopti region of central Mali, by heavily-armed Islamist extremists on 10 June.

A Barnabas Fund contact described it as the “worst massacre in Mali since 1946”. He said the jihadists encircled the isolated village of ethnic Dogon people at night and set fire to “everything that moved” in a “well-targeted attack”.

Many of the victims’ bodies were burnt – some charred beyond recognition. There are difficulties identifying the remains and the death toll is currently estimated to be between 100 and 135 people.

Caption
A church building interior in a mainly-Christian village that was fire damaged in a jihadi attack. Several ethnic Dogon villages in the Mopti region of central Mali are being targeted

“They burned the entire village including all the people who stayed or did not dare to go out. Only a few men were able to escape the gunfire,” the contact told us.

In another report, a survivor said, “About 50 heavily armed men arrived on motorbikes and pickups. They first surrounded the village and then attacked … anyone who tried to escape was killed. No-one was spared – women, children, elderly people.”

The contact added that, since 2018, there have been several Christians killed or abducted in north and central Mali. Others have been forced to flee and churches ransacked.

The jihadists and their allies are waging a “war” to occupy this part of Mali and have announced their intention to establish sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country. The contact said that the jihadists have threatened, “No city will be made an exception and no village will escape.” He added, “So this isolated Christian village could not escape.”

From Barnabas Fund contacts

 

Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 65 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit, watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement on Saturday 5th April 2014 awaiting major surgery to re-align right knee. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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