The fire occurred on 9 June, in the evening at 7 pm, when the students had gathered in the classrooms again to study after dinner.
One student, who was not feeling well, had stayed in the boys' residential building and gone to sleep. Fortunately, he woke up in time and was able to get to safety. However, the students' residential building of the secondary school burnt down completely and the 61 students who had their accommodation there lost all their personal belongings. In the meantime, they could be accommodated in other school hostels and provided with the most basic necessities.
Project support through Mission 21
The affected secondary school teaches pupils from different regions of Nigeria, especially from the northeast. It is located opposite the headquarters of the EYN church in the town of Kwarhi in Adamawa State in eastern Nigeria. The EYN, "Church of the Brethren", is one of the larger churches in Nigeria with around one million members. It is a partner church of Mission 21.
The church is active in different areas of work and various projects are supported by Mission 21. These include a literacy programme, women's work, a programme to combat HIV/Aids and an integrated rural development programme. In addition, Mission 21 supports the EYN in its interreligious dialogue with the Muslim population of Nigeria as part of peacebuilding. This is particularly important because the north-east of Nigeria has been suffering from the terror of the Islamist militia Boko Haram for years. This brings suffering and death to the people and also undermines trust between the Muslim and Christian populations. Mission 21 supports the EYN and other partners in their persistent work for peaceful coexistence across religious boundaries.