updated 11:41 a.m. ET Dec. 25, 2010 38 killed at churches, festivities in Nigeria Violence in area plagued by Christian-Muslim conflict has claimed 500 lives this year Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters People walk past the wreckage of a truck in Jos, Nigeria, on Saturday after bombing attacks Friday night. msnbc.com news services JOS, Nigeria - Explosions in Nigeria's central region killed 32 people on Christmas Eve and six people died in attacks on two churches in the northeast of Africa's most populous nation, officials said on Saturday. On Friday night, a series of bombs were detonated during Christmas Eve celebrations in villages near the central city of Jos, killing at least 32 people while 74 were in a critical condition, the state police commissioner said. Religious violence has claimed over 500 lives this year in Jos and neighboring towns and villages, but the situation was believed to have calmed down. Nigeria, a country of 150 million people, is almost evenly split between Muslims in the north and the predominantly Christian south. The blasts happened in central Nigeria, in the nation's "middle belt," where dozens of ethnic groups vie for control of fertile lands. The violence, though fractured across religious lines, often has more to do with local politics, economics and rights to grazing lands. The government of Plateau State, where Jos is the capital, is controlled by Christian politicians who have blocked Muslims from being legally recognized as citizens. That has locked many out of prized government jobs in a region where the tourism industry and tin mining have collapsed in the last decades. "What has happened on the eve of Christmas is unfortunate, especially at this time when we want to ensure peace and security in the state," said Gregory Yenlong, the state commissioner for information. He said that nobody had claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks in Jos. This is the first major attack in Jos since the Plateau State government lifted a curfew on May 20. The curfew had first been imposed in November 2008 during postelection violence but it was extended in January following clashes between Christian and Muslim groups. More than 300 people— mostly Muslim — were killed in the January violence in Jos and surrounding villages. The curfew improved the security within a city that has hosted numerous peace conferences to address the violence but the killings continued outside. Twelve people were gruesomely murdered in March in a small Christian village, attackers cutting out most of their victims' tongues and there are still regular attacks outside Jos. www.msnbc.msn.com Here we are in a country as a minority, not the land of our ancestors, ignorant of our language and culture, stripped from us by the most brutal forms of torture known to history, eenduring the greates crime in human history, adn leaving the plantations after the emancipation with nothing but the rags on our backs and now in this Ipad and Iphone age living amongst a new jim crow that is on the rise but yet today in every major city with a Black population the descendants of the victims of unspeakable horror are able as members of the Nation of Islam, Sunni Black Muslims, and Christians of various denominations have the capacity to embrace the unity of our history and our struggle and our future, at Kwanzaa celebrations, break bread together, fellowshp towards black nationalism together, and make commitments for the new year to help uplift the community in the spirit of Umoja so what is happenning back home? why all the fratricide? who can any one blame? If we are able to unite right here in the white mans wilderness after slavery, after lynching, after jim crow and the imminent Jim crow of the next GOP presidency why can we not unify on our own ancestral soil An injury to one African is an injury to all Africans any where on the planet!