|IN MEMORY Simi Maltida Kim|
By Obed Minchakpu
BAUCHI, Nigeria, March 22 (Compass Direct News) – Nearly seven months after their 24-year-old daughter disappeared during a wave of Islamic extremist violence here, Helen and Dakim Gyang Bot can only assume that the voice on the other end of her cell phone that told them “we have killed her” was telling the truth.
The body of Simi Maltida Kim has not been found, and those who answered the active Catholic’s cell phone shortly after she disappeared on Sept. 1, 2011 did not indicate why they killed her.
But there are signs that she was one of the hundreds of victims of Islamic extremist violence in northern Nigeria last year that has driven thousands of Christians to flee.
The Bots live in an undisclosed town near Jos, in Plateau state, but their daughter was a final-year student of Science Laboratory Technology at the Federal Polytechnic in Northeastern Nigeria’s Bauchi state. An instructor there had troubled her about her faith in Christ and unduly failed her on an exam in an effort to get her to recant, her mother said.
Her father said that when she did not answer her cell phone and did not return home on day she had said she would, the family was all the more anxious because news had filtered into town that Christians were being killed in Bauchi city. The family reported the disappearance to authorities and continued to call her mobile phone; on one attempt, a female voice said,
“Don’t ever call this phone number again – we have killed her, so stop wasting your time looking for her,” her father said.
The priest at the family’s church told Compass that Kim might well have been killed by Muslim extremists in Bauchi.
“We learned that many Christians were killed in Bauchi at that time, so we are convinced that she must have been killed, too,” he said.
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of His People....
“Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; Those who plunder you shall become plunder, And all who prey upon you I will make a prey” (Jer 30:16 NKJV).
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also” (Heb 13:3 NKJV).
Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah King, is seen by many walking the World into the hearts of men and women today.
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