International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168 USA
Dear Mr. Miliband,
My name is Emmett Eldred. I am one of many youth and young adults who belong to an active, passionate movement within the Church of the Brethren to better reflect the love and teachings of Jesus in our everyday lives. I am writing to you as part of a series of over 1000 letters that I will write to public figures over the next year about the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
I am writing to you in hopes that you will hear the story of the EYN and be inspired and challenged to expand your programing in Nigeria, providing rescue aid and refugee services to the EYN, and partnering with them in their efforts to bring restoration to the community. I’m sure you remember the 276 schoolgirls from northern Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Roughly three-fourths of those girls belong to the EYN. In fact, few groups have suffered from the violence in Nigeria more severely than the EYN, and their situation continues to worsen.
However, it is not just the suffering of the EYN that makes their story so compelling, it is also their inspiring, courageous response to their suffering.The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN have galvanized their commitment to peace, despite their trials.
In the face of such great hatred, fear, and division, the EYN has responded with even greater love, courage, and community. They believe that they must be a beacon of Christ’s love in a world darkened by violence. This means being leaders in working to restore community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians, even though it means great sacrifice.
These people fill me with hope, and I will never stop advocating for them.
I hope you will learn more about the EYN and respond to their immediate, pressing need for aid and refugee services. Moreover, I hope you recognize the severity of this need for many Nigerians. Finally, I hope you make investments in the EYN’s efforts towards the restoration of community and nonviolent reconciliation. Be inspired by their story, and pay credit to their inspiration and committed leadership in building peace
With great thanks and sincere hope,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289