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Nigeria Christmas Day Bombings

Updated on December 26, 2011

Nigeria Christmas Tragedy

Christmas Peace

Today is Christmas Day! It is a day for celebration and for sharing in the special occasion of the birth of the baby Jesus. It is a time when we all should come together to live in peace and show respect for one another. We should come to accept our differences in religious and political beliefs and honor this day and find it in our hearts to keep this day sacred and free from violence. Sadly it seems that even on the most holiest day of the year there still is violence and hatred in the world and it seems we will never live in a world where we will have peace. If we can't have peace on a holy day of religious observance how can we expect to have peace on any given day? If we are always faced with this type of violence then how can we ever expect to have peace in the world?

I am very frustrated to live in a world where there is so much violence and acts of terrorism evidenced by war and bloodshed and the incidence of bombings in sacred places such as churches and temples. It is very sad to hear on the news that a bombing took place at a church on Christmas day in a distant part of the world as people were gathering to share in the joy of the day and celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus only to experience death and destruction by the actions of terrorists who are out to inflict fear and send a disturbing message to the world. Why do we have to have such senseless violence and acts of terrorism like this and why do these groups have to inflict such pain and sorrow on a holy day such as Christmas or any day for that matter? They have no regard for the sanctity of life or for the values that most of us subscribe to as good, honorable and moral people have come to know.

Today in Nigeria, the extremist group Boko Harem claim responsibility for multiple church bombings on Christmas day, 2011 with the first reported bombing taking place at St Theresa's church in Abuja, the capital, during the Christmas mass when many were celebrating. It has been reported to date that upwards of 25 people have been killed as a result of these bombings and many more are injured. It has also been reported that there are more threats of further violence and terrorist bombings from the same group claiming responsibility throughout the day causing fear, unrest and misery among the people who have already been victim to much already.

I often wonder why many people have to suffer through the actions of a few who inflict so much terror and fear among the masses. We have to learn to rise above this and put an end to this senseless violence and hatred and attack it at its core. We can not let these terrorists win and we must stay strong in our beliefs and never be deterred by these evil doers who have no respect for humanity in their lives. If I had one wish it would be to see all these radical fringes and terrorist groups destroyed and crippled so they can never inflict this kind of violence ever again. I want to see all these terrorists held accountable for these acts of terror and see them get their just punishments. It seems we will never eradicate terrorism but we must have hope and a belief that we will continue to live our lives and not live in fear. We can not give in to them. We must always be strong and fight the fight. We must believe in God and hold on to hope and wage our own battle against evil and live as we are meant to, with love, respect and strength of character and fine and decent morals.

Christmas is a joyous day we come to celebrate with our family and our friends and it is very special to all of us because it is a time we come together to honor the birth of the baby Jesus and celebrate his life as our savior. We must never give in to these terrorists and we must live to be good and honorable in our life and share in God's vision of joy and happiness this day of Christmas and each and every day of our lives. We must sincerely believe this and never lose sight of it. It's hard to share in the joy of Christmas in the wake of such a tragedy and knowing people have died by simply going to church to worship on this very holy day. As I think about the incident and the innocence of these people who fell victim to the acts of these terrorists I just feel an anger that I normally don't have but it does surface in the wake of such extreme acts of violence. It seems we will sadly see days like this and we will never truly be prepared for it. We have to learn to live with these threats and always maintain a plan to protect and safeguard our lives each and every day, even the most holiest of days, such as Christmas day.

May we walk with God in our lives and always feel safe and protected and may we always share in the joy and celebration of Jesus birth this Christmas and every Christmas. As I write this I can't help but think of my friend from Nigeria who had reported this sad news to me today. I will pray for him and his family and for their safety and for those who sadly lost their lives today by simply going to church to rejoice and pray on Christmas day. It is now time to turn to Jesus for healing. Our faith must be strong and unwavering and we must all stand strong in these times of adversity. May we be blessed and always feel protected by our lord Jesus even on these days we have to suffer through due to the actions of those who have no measure of goodwill in their heart.

Edward D. Iannielli III

Nigeria Christmas Day bombings 2011

Boko Haram Terrorist Group


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      KrystalD 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      This was so sad to hear. We live a world with so much strife! I have to admit, after living in Egypt and watching the pain of their struggle, I am grateful for what we are at least trying to do with democracy in our country. Though flawed, it makes the difference between the kind of Christmas man Americans had and the type of Christman many Nigerians had. Thank you for sharing this. We all need to know what's going on in the world. Al Jazeera is an excellent sorce for international news.