Boy’s face scarred by extremists

By August 21, 2015

Nigeria (MNN) — Before his village was attacked, Danjuma was an average Nigerian 13-year-old boy. He loved playing with his friends and fishing, and if he could do both at the same time, so much the better.

In fact, Voice of the Martyrs USA says he was on the way back from a fishing trip with his friends when they struck.

At 6 o’clock in the morning, a group of over 1,000 radical Muslims attacked his village. They burned houses and attacked Christians across the village. Danjuma saw the carnage, and turned and ran.

However, he wasn’t fast enough. The extremists caught him and attacked him with a machete, a long heavy knife. He passed out, causing him to forget most of the attack.

Photo Courtesy Voice of the Martyrs USA via Facebook

(Photo courtesy Voice of t)

When the villagers found his body, they assumed he was dead. They even began preparing a grave for him, but Danjuma had other ideas. As they dug, he suddenly woke up screaming, and the villagers dropped their shovels and rushed him to the hospital.

Now, Danjuma’s face is badly scarred, and he lost his right eye in the attack. Some of the wounds will probably never heal, but he insists that the one thing the attackers could never take was his joy. He reminds believers that joy comes from God, not any earthly source.

Danjuma has chosen to forgive his attackers, saying that if they knew the love of Jesus, they wouldn’t have done the things they did.

Danjuma is asking for your prayer. He’s worried that he might not have the strength he needs to serve the Lord. He’s also asking believers around the world to remember his situation and to remember that through all things, God has a plan. He believes that God would not have let the attack happen if He did not have a way to work things for good.


  • drew reed says:

    You are an insparation to us all. We will pray for you and God has a plan for you.

  • Annie says:

    You are a beautiful child of God. He has already used you, by bringing you back to your village. Your face may be scarred, but that is your story, your strength. Ask God were to go next. Ask Him what His next move from here is. And He will show you, your path.
    God bless.

  • Cami says:

    Your incredible faith is admirable and you are very right in saying God has a wonderful plan for your life. You are an overcomer and have the greatness of God so evident in you. Look ahead to a bright future. I am asking God for your complete healing, eye and all. Nothing is impossible for God. You are loved.

  • Pat says:

    Praise God for His love for you. You are already working for Him by inspiring us by your peace and joy to trust God in all things! Thank you! And thanks to God!

  • second life be grateful to the One who saves you

  • Marcela says:

    How can we help this brave boy?? These painful situations put our lives in prospective!!

  • Danjuma, your testimony of forgiveness is one that many people in Nigeria and beyond need to hear. I pray that God will use you to share the message of the freedom and joy in Christ that comes when we forgive those who have wronged us. I know that God has good planned for you, and I pray that you will have many opportunities to share the love and forgiveness that we have in Jesus.

  • Lucille Yuen says:

    Danjuma, you are truly a person set free to know God and live in His grace. True, your life was saved, but how many people learning of your faith walk will now redouble their committment to live for God no matter what their trials may be? Your faith and purity have been like a light on a hill. You are right. God gives his children a joy that stays because Jesus and salvation are real, and God does work through his faithful children’s lives for ultimate good.

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