Skip to comments.Gunmen Invade Home in Middle of Night, Abduct American Missionary in West Africa
Posted on 10/28/2020 7:40:57 PM PDT by xomething
An American missionary was abducted in the middle of the night by six gunmen armed with assault rifles in southern Niger close to the border with Nigeria on Tuesday.
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According to the Daily Mail, the assailants entered the home of 27-year-old Philip Walton early Tuesday morning and demanded money. The gunmen took Walton, then tied up his wife, young daughter, and his brother.
“They were looking for money in the house but there was not enough. There were only 20,000 CFA francs ($35). After that, they left with him,” said Philip’s father, Bruce Walton.
Philip Walton had been living in Massalata with his family for two years. He raised camels, sheep, and poultry and grew mango trees.
The distraught father added that “They were so exposed that he was abducted without anyone knowing.”
The US State Department acknowledged that an American citizen had been abducted in Niger, but offered no further details.
“We are aware of a US citizen abducted in Niger. We are providing their family all possible consular assistance,” a State Department spokesman said in a comment to CNN.
Authorities in Niger are using aircraft to search for the kidnappers who spoke Hausa and some English and are believed to be from the Fulani ethnic group. The Daily Mail reports the kidnappers are believed to have fled in neighboring Nigeria.
Several other foreigners have been taken hostage in recent years in that region, including an American aid worker named Jeffery Woodke.
News of Walton’s abduction follows multiple incidents this year involving Fulani militants throughout the state of Nigeria. The Fulani are Muslims and typically target Christians.
Armed with knives and machetes, Fulani tribesmen attacked homes in the Christian village of Kizachi in July, brutally murdering one child aged 9, three teenagers, and one adult.
At least 33 people were killed in August during attacks by Islamic extremists on five Christian communities in the southern Kaduna state of Nigeria.
That same month, Muslim Fulani militants in Kachia County killed four Christians and kidnapped their driver as they traveled from Katul village.
Fulani herdsmen have increasingly adopted ideology and methods similar to Islamic extremist groups like Boko Haram, and some come from outside Nigeria.
Nigeria is ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.
Pretty stupid holding up a Missionary, most that I know are poorer than dirt.
And every Mission that I am aware of specifically indicates that they will not pay a ransom for their missionaries.
That said, they should not send married missionaries to Islamic places. Single men fine, no women.
“They should not send married missionaries to Islamic places.”
True. Pride throws out caution and invites reckless actions: taking a Christian family to Niger without 300 Crusaders is just weird.
Not to belabor a small point, but most of these missionaries are not “sent” per se, except by God. They choose to go, as they feel led by the Lord.
I will be returning to Sierra Leone in about two years, and God specifically set Freetown before me. No board is sending me, but they will watch over my finances while I am there.
My wife’s cousin and her husband are Christian missionaries in Niger with the Wycliffe bible translation group.
“I will be returning to Sierra Leone in about two years, and God specifically set Freetown before me.”
I am not certain if firearms are allowed foreigners in Sierra Leone, but I note from your home page that you and Mrs. are not un-acquainted with self defense. You also have experience with Islam so do not have a false liberal understanding of their objectives and abilities.
That said, may God watch over and protect you and your family!
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