NIGERIA. Shiroro: The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gwada and Kuta towns in Shiroro local government area of Niger state have received relief materials from the Christain Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) Nigeria.
The Christain Solidarity Worldwide Nigeria made the donation of food items, seasonings and toiletries to the IDPs.
The team first visited the IDP camp in Gwada before moving to the camp in Kuta which are all in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
The CSW Team Leader, Mrs Thelma Agera while presenting the bags of food items to representatives of the IDPs in Gwada and Kuta towns said that the outreach was part of the organization’s mandate of reaching out to people who have been displaced and injured as a result of bandit attacks.
She lamented over the plight of the IDPs saying that they need adequate intervention from the government and other well-meaning individuals.
“We have come in solidarity with the IDPs and what we have seen and heard is alarming, we had interactions with them and they told us the plight they are passing through, so we just came with a token of food items to alleviate their sufferings and to enable the young ones to have nutrition to grow.”
The IDPs in the Camp
The Internally Displaced Persons, mostly include women and children, have been reported to have fled for their lives from Kauri village and other neighbouring villages that have suffered bandit attacks in recent times.
The number, at the time of visiting both camps, were reported to have been about 5,000.
The camps which are public schools could be said to be overcrowded especially as over 30 people sleep in a room excluding children.
Children ranging from one to five years were seen running around the IDP camp without clothes as their parents explained that they have nothing to wear especially as they had to run away from their homes without taking anything.
One of the IDPs, Saratu Irimiya appreciated Christain Solidarity Worldwide for the relief materials provided to them saying it will go a long way to alleviate their hunger for some time.
She lamented that they left their homes with nothing and this has made them vulnerable and helpless as they have no food or money to but necessary and essential items for their day to day basic use.
Saratu also appealed to the goverment at all levels to come to their aid and bring an end to the incessant banditry and insecurity bedevilling their communities.
About Christain Solidarity Worldwide Nigeria (CSWN)
The Christian solidarity worldwide Nigeria (CSWN) is a human rights organization advocating for freedom of religion or belief.
They have reached out to several communities across Nigeria advocating for freedom of religion and belief and has helped several communities and individuals with relief Materials and skills.
Insecurity in Niger state
Currently, over 50 Communities in Niger state have been deserted as a result of banditry and kidnapping.
Most affected local government areas include Shiroro, Munya, Rafi and Mariga.
There are currently IDP camps spread across these local government areas as people daily flee their homes after bandit attacks which have become a daily occurrence.
Recently, the Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Abubakar announced that Boko Haram had taken over a community in Shiroro local government area and have hoisted their flag.
He also said that the wives of the villagers have been seized and given forcefully as wives to the chieftains of Boko Haram.