by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
BENUE STATE – As the global community marks yet another World Humanitarian Day amid the global Coronavirus pandemic to really garner support for people affected by crises, the Foundation for Justice, Development and Peace (FJDP) of the Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala, in conjunction with Caritas, Catholic Diocese of Gboko (both in Benue State) has distributed palliatives to over three hundred internally displaced persons (IDPs) to deaden the dual impact of the crisis and Coronavirus pandemic on them.
The gesture, which is a routine exercise aimed at providing life support to vulnerable children and people living with disabilities, was initiated and sponsored by the Catholic Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Gboko and Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala, Most Rev. William Avenya.
The distribution was done at the IDP camp Chanchanji in Takum local government area of Taraba State, and was represented by the Bishop and coordinator of FJDP, Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala, Rev. Fr. Michael Bull.
He regretted the unfortunate incident of the crisis between Jukun and Tiv in Taraba State, which has hitherto rendered many people homeless and brought untold hardships to a lot more.
He expressed the passionate disposition of the Catholic Church in Benue State towards the plight of the displaced persons and assured them of the determination of the church to continue rendering material and logistic support to those, who need help.
While praying with them, Rev. Fr. Bull pleaded God to remember, especially those, who fill the dusty air with wails of grief and names of the missing dead and shelter them under his wings, now that homes no longer exist.
After the prayers, the visitors and the IDPs exchanged pleasantries deeply woven in camaraderie; but behind the warmth were sad tales of a stolen child and child mortality in the camp.
Among items presented were: eight bales of unisex clothing materials, three bags of dried cassava chips, one carton of toilet soap, one bag of bathroom slippers for children and a carton of cabin biscuits.
In his response, the camp chairman, Michael Msughter, appreciated FJDP Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala and Caritas Gboko for showing love and care to the least of the unfortunate people around them and prayed God to give them the resources and strength they need to sustain the gesture.