My name is Hosea Daniel Gofuk from plateau state. I am 10 years old in PRY3 now at Stephen Children Home. Before I came to Stephen Centre my parent and I lived in Maiduguri Borno state before relocating to Jos because of the riot that was so rampant then.
My name is Tenimu Ruth from Nassarawa state, I am 17 years old, am in SSS2 while my little sister is 15 yrs old, she is in SSS1.
On the 14th July, 2004, I came back from school with my younger sister and I met my mother cooking for the family, I went to sleep, since the food wasn’t ready. We were all at home when we heard people shouting and a woman came to my mother and told us to run away but my mother refused to believe them, but suddenly people were running helter-skelter and my mum became terrified and seeing that it was so serious, my mom managed to escape with us to the barrack leaving my dad behind. We stayed for about two weeks in the barrack and after the riot, my mum heard that my dad has been killed and burned to ashes.
Dear brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We wish to present to you, our family of martyrs for this month.
Mary, Martha and Gambo story has been such of such and encouragement to us at Stephens Children Home. Mary and Martha (twins) came to our home at the age of three, while Gambo joined them at the age of three and now Mary and Martha are now 14 years old, while Gambo is 13 years old. The Fidelis family lost their father in 2004 religious crisis in Kano. Fidelis family are from Edo state.
From the Desk of the Director
Dearly beloved brethren,
Thank you all for standing with us, despite the hardship in the country. You are encouraging us to build not just a home for the children, but also a future for the community. Every month from now, we will be presenting to you a member of our family of Martyrs, our children who can share their stories with your family. Thank you for your donation and constantly standing helping the children at the Stephen Centre. May the Lord our God continue to bless your family.
I Saw My Father’s Butchered Body Wheeled Back Home: First-Class Mechanical Engineering Graduate Recalls the Horrors of 2001 Jos Riots
In 2001, a most unexpected ethno-religious riot broke out in the hitherto serene and peaceful city of Jos. Within days, about 7,000 lives had been wasted while over 50,000 civilians were left displaced and several properties billions of naira destroyed. Davou Thoma Gyang, then a ten-year-old survivor, who has now made good for himself, with a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering, takes a retrospective look at those trouble days with Adeola Ogunlade.