'A star of hope and love has appeared from far away Ireland'


From the north of Ireland to the north of Nigeria: Donation from Armagh Apostolic Work helps families in war afflicted Maiduguri Diocese.

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Families of Maiduguri Diocese on their way to the market to buy Christmas supplies. Image courtesy of Fr. John Bakeni.

 
A recent donation from Armagh Apostolic Work has brought great joy to 30 families in the Diocese of Maiduguri of in North Eastern Nigeria. 
 
Fr. John Bakeni of Maiduguri Diocese reports that the families are currently on their way to buy goods in the market and the donation has brought some Christmas cheer to people in an area greatly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in recent years. 
 
"Because of this kind donation, at least 30 families will have a reason to celebrate this Christmas. Amidst the suffering, uncertainties and hardship of these families, a star of hope and love has appeared from far away Ireland - Armagh. Many are on their way to the market already to shop for Christmas."
 
He went on to thank the Armagh Apostolic Work for giving these families 'the joy and peace of Christmas'.
 
In 2011, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Maiduguri was badly damaged in a bombing. A new Cathedral is currently under construction.
 
At the beginning of December, two diocesan catechists were among four people who lost their lives following an attack at a settlement for displaced people. Thousands of men, women and children have fled their homes due to the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.