In our relatively easy and prosperous lives we often have a warped perspective of what hardship is. Hundreds of Christian brothers and sisters around the world suffer persecution and even death for their faith. Please take some time to get familiar with the plight of those in Nigeria who are being killed for their faith. Over 500 were killed in violence aimed directly at those of Christian faith were attacked, many of whom were women and children. Reports indicated that women and children were caught in animal traps and nets and hacked to death with machetes.
The death toll was initially put at a little over 100 but then shot up. The information ministry said pregnant women were among those killed and around 200 people were being treated in hospital.
"We have over 500 killed in three villages and the survivors are busy burying their dead," said state information commissioner Gregory Yenlong.
"People were attacked with axes, daggers and cutlasses -- many of them children, the aged and pregnant women."
Survivors wail as children, women buried in Nigeria
Much of the violence was centred around the village of Dogo Nahawa, where gangs set fire to straw-thatched mud huts as they went on their rampage.