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Violence Jolts the Still Fragile Democracy in Nigeria

A rash of sectarian clashes has left dead bodies in the green highlands of central Nigeria, prompted tens of thousands of Muslims and Christians to flee in opposite directions and thrown Africa’s most populous nation into one of the most serious political crises since the restoration of democracy just five years ago. The latest and most widely publicized carnage was carried out on two days early in May, when a Christian militia, armed with Kalashnikovs and clubs, stormed this Muslim market town and crushed it. Two weeks after that attack, Yelwa is a blackened shell. Houses and shops are burned. Cooking pots litter the streets. The town’s people are huddled miles away in makeshift camps. The handful left here are piling their belongings into the backs of big trucks and leaving. Among them is a mother named Adama Ali, who has waited in vain for news of her baby girl. The child was taken from her arms, she said, by the gang that attacked this town. Full Story

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