nigerian stadium filled with job seekes

A view of the national stadium where tens of thousands of Nigerian jobseekers turned up to take a recruitment test in Abuja, Nigeria on March 15, 2014. A stampede at the stadium killed several people.

*They’re dealing with some chaotic and deadly  situations in Nigeria. In one scenario, at least 16 people were killed in desperate stampedes for government jobs in Nigeria when hundreds of thousands were invited to apply for fewer than 5,000 positions, officials and activists said Sunday.

Here’s NBC News is reporting via the AP:

Interior Minister Abba Moro held the applicants responsible, saying they “lost their lives through their impatience.” Activists blamed his ministry and called for him to be fired. Emergency officials said the death toll could rise.

Nigerians are desperate for work, with official statistics putting the unemployed at 24 percent of the 170 million people or nearly 41 million unemployed. Unemployment among young people aged under 24 is even higher — 38 percent according to official statistics and nearer 80 percent according to the World Bank.

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In the second scenario, gunmen shot, hacked and burned to death at least 100 people and razed homes in central Nigeria, a region crippled by disputes over land, religion and ethnicity, local officials and witnesses said on Sunday.

Police confirmed the raids by Fulani herdsman at around 11 p.m. on Friday on three villages in Kaduna state, but declined to give a death toll.

 Hundreds have been killed in the past year in clashes pitting the cattle-herding and largely Muslim Fulani people against mostly Christian settled communities like the Berom in Nigeria’s volatile “Middle Belt”, where its mostly Christian south and Muslim north meet.
“I came back from the market and there were bullets flying all around the village,” said Pius Nna, 64, of Ungwan Gata village. He escaped by jumping across an open well and fleeing into the bush.

“I saw three people running into my house to take refuge.

They were macheted to death before my eyes,” he said, adding that he saw a Fulani neighbor directing the gunmen where to go.

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