by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Victims of recent attacks on Southern Kaduna, allegedly carried out by Fulani militia, have received food supplies and other relief materials (grains, sugar and soaps) donated by ‘Christian Solidarity Worldwide-Nigeria’ (CSWN) at the Internally Displaced Peoples’ camp in Zonkwa Town of Kaduna State.
The affected communities include Chibwob, Sabon Kaura and Kampany villages in Zangon-Kataf local government area of Kaduna State.
CSWN’s chief operating officer, Mrs Agera Teman Liti, while presenting the items to the IDPs at the weekend, noted that the renewed attacks on villages in the midst of the farming season portends danger to sustainable food production in the country.
She urged the state and federal governments to do more in improving the security situation in the north, noting that no serious investor would come to an area or region bedeviled by persistent killings and burning of houses.
“We in CSWN are worried by the ease with which killings takes place in Nigeria these days. We are more worried that the killers hardly get arrested or prosecuted. The inability to effect arrest simply emboldens the killers to continue killing and destroying communities at will,” she said.
While expressing the organization’s concern that the bulk of those affected are women and children, Agera insisted that unless a deliberate and sincere strategy is adopted by government in curbing the persistent insecurity in the country, valuable resources that ought to go into development would keep being wasted on rehabilitation after each attack.
The coordinator of the IDP camp, Reverend Gambo Waziri, said the camp currently holds about 2,000 displaced people, including 162 nursing mothers and 24 pregnant women.
“About 1,000 sleep in the camp, while the others sleep in people’s homes in town but come here each morning to eat.
“Both those, who sleep here and those, who come in each
morning, are women and children. Some of the men whose houses were burnt
are staying in other people’s homes in town, while others stay back to guard
their villages,” he said.
This is the third time in 2020 that CSWN is taking food and other essentials to victims displaced by the killings from (presumed) Fulani militia in Kaduna state.
It would be recalled that some villages in Zangon-Kataf and Kaura local government were recently attacked, between Friday 10 – Sunday 12, July 2020, by Fulani militia, killing 32 and displacing others.