Emmanuels First Interview with Sam Amaga Foundation
In Jos Plateau, 25th of September, 2008 at about 6am, we were woken up by people shouting “run for your life”. Then our father ran to the neighbouring house since it was safer to run in that direction. The rest of us were in shock and then ran away from the house to a place we could safely see what was happening.
We could see religious extremists burning down the house in the area. When my dad discovered that it was getting too serious, he opened the door to run out but they stopped him. They attacked him with numerous weapons. One of them used a knife to cut his neck, mocking him, cutting his body parts one
after the other.
That is how we saw our father cut into pieces like an animal at the abattoir, he was burnt to ashes. I struggled from a distance to run to him but some people held me back. After a day, we went back to our house; we saw his skull on the ground. I nearly killed myself when I took battery powder; I was rushed to hospital. But I thank God because I did not die – it is a sin before God to commit suicide. Today, God is keeping me alive, thanks.
Emmanuel was inconsolable, his tears flowed freely, recounting how his father was murdered cruelly, but today, God who is the father of orphans have consoled Him.
Sam Amaga Foundation granted Emmanuel full scholarship and he is studying at Salem University today.