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FW: Kaduna has a never-ending cycle of violence

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news

Kaduna State jumps from one violent conflict to another. For nearly 40 years, the state has been plagued by ethnoreligious divisions between the majority-Muslim North and non-Muslim South. 

In October 2018, a clash between the two groups led to 55 deaths. The clash began in the Kasuwan Magani community, an area that has often been the centre of conflict between the two groups, with one of the first reported cases occurring in 1980. 

Suggested causes of the October incident vary. One version has a suspected thief caught and beaten, who then began a religious chant that left members of his faith to come to his aid. Another version of the story had it that a wheelbarrow-pusher accidentally hit a man and an argument ensued between them. The argument eventually led to a fist fight creating a religious undertone with Muslims supporting the one man and Christians supporting the other.

Wherever the truth may lie, it is clear that it does not take very much to incite religious violence in Kaduna State.

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