Barkin Ladi, Jos, Nigeria- The remains of a church in Garwaza Village in Barkin Ladi, Nigeria. Villagers were warned of the attack by Fulani members of their community before the attacked on June 23, 2018 by masked gunmen speaking in Hausa, leading many in the community to believe that they were Fulani. Most of the 2000 villagers fled to neighboring Tenti-Babba town where they remain displaced.
Over one thousand people have lost their lives this year due to an ongoing conflict between farmers and herders. The current crisis reflects the country's woes from over-population, poverty and climate change to religious division and ethnic favoritism. Growing animosity between ethnic groups coupled with a lack of security has fomented this increase in violence in recent years. Despite the divisive chaos engulfing the Middle Belt of Nigeria, a group of multi-ethnic men and women, part of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, are providing much needed security and trust to all groups affected by the conflict.