Dogo Nahawa resident’s testimony on Jos violence
A resident of Dogo Nahawa described to Human Rights Watch what happened:
Dogo is a farming village several kilometers from Jos. They came at around 3 a.m. to attack our village. When they arrived, they immediately started shooting, so many of us ran outside to see what happened. Then others attacked us with machetes, killing so many. It was not easy for us to escape. I ran into the bushes and hid — from there I saw them killing. They killed about 150 children, 80 women, 50 men in Dogo Nahawa. There were about 200 of them armed with guns and cutlasses. After running away, I could see the burning of our houses and heard our women and children screaming as they were being killed. I recognized a few of [the attackers’] voices. I believe they were those who had lived here before. I heard them speaking in both Hausa and Fulani, saying, “The time has come, you will see.” There was no warning for this attack. I was very lucky to escape. I saw many people being cut down as I was running. The attack lasted until around 4:30 [a.m.] when the military showed up. When the attackers saw their lights they disappeared — the attackers were on foot…. See more
A 25-year-old student described to Human Rights Watch what he saw in Dogo Nahawa:
I was in the village — around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday — when the Hausa-Fulani militants came. There were many of them, maybe a few hundred. Many were dressed in camouflage like fake soldiers. Their heads were wrapped up in cloth so we couldn’t recognize them.
They came with guns, ammunition, and machetes. One group surrounded our village and started shooting. The other ones came closer in and then when we ran out of our houses — they attacked us with machetes. Many women remained inside the houses, which is maybe why so many died. I saw many villagers — women, children, and some men — hacked to death. I lost one of my daughters, who was 7 years old. Another one was injured by a machete and is now in hospital.
I escaped by climbing a mango tree and from there I could see them killing, setting fire to the houses and destroying our property. When killing people I heard them saying, let us destroy all the houses and when they killed people they said, “Allahu Akbar.” We know the attackers by their language — they were speaking both Hausa and Fulani. Some used to live in our village, but they left. Before, we were living together with them, living in harmony — no crisis, no trouble… some left our village in 2001, others in 2008, others left after the recent crisis in January. The army came at around 4:30 [a.m.]. The attackers came on foot using footpaths. They killed livestock and destroyed homes. We are left with nothing, and we feel very unsafe.
A driver who was in the village of Ratsat on the morning of the attack described to Human Rights Watch what he saw:
I am a driver, but now I can’t work because my car was burned in the attack. Ratsat is about a kilometer from Dogo. The attackers started their operation simultaneously. We know this because we heard gunshots in Dogo at just the same time as we heard them in my village. I ran out, it was confusing. I could see the flames starting up. Many people — perhaps even 200 — were killed in the village. I lost my father. I found his body outside his house. His head had been completely destroyed, beaten in. I think the attackers were dressed in black… and some in military [uniforms]. It was dark and we were very afraid. The military finally came around 4:30 [a.m.] or so. Some [of the attackers] spoke both in Fulani and in our language, Berom. I heard them say in both languages, “We’ve come… you will see now… we will destroy you.” Some of them lived with us here before, but they left in January.