On Nov. 29, the day after American Thanksgiving day, riots erupted in the city of Jos, Nigeria the day after a disputed local government election. The results had not even been announced. Young men had been recruited over the last few weeks from other northern (Islamic) states and sent to Jos a few at a time for the purpose of "defending Islam"-- actually to enact a vendetta against an area radical Muslims have targeted because they knew they would not win the election, being vastly outnumbered in the area by the indigenes, who are nominally Christian. At least a thousand people were killed, mostly by machete or burning. Thousands more are homeless. Many of our students were evacuated; most were in lockdown mode; some lost friends. Needless to say, we did not have school that day, in fact we did not resume until December 13. Teachers met the day before to discuss how we could minister to traumatized children and yet help them to get back to normal and finish the semester. The day we resumed, there was an alert sent out because cars were leaving the downtown area in great numbers all of a sudden. We had a lockdown for a while. As it turned out, someone had knocked down a bee's nest; people started running from the bees, panic ensued. No one was hurt. But that shows how tense people were. In our classroom, we were having choice time when there were some loud banging noises. The TA and I exchanged a look, and I quietly went outside to investigate. It was nothing but some guys throwing things in the back of a pickup truck. It scared the crud out of the TA. Some of my students heard killing outside their homes. Most saw burning and all heard gunfire. I teach Kindergarten, so I think they got over it the quickest. I think they were all eager to go back to school, be with friends, do normal things. So was I. The same thing happened in 2001 and the school was closed for 40 days that year. That really does a number on struggling students and puts a lot of pressure on everyone. Be thankful if you live in a place that never experiences things like this.