by Juliana Katung, Kaduna
Ahead of Christmas celebration (2020), well-meaning Christians and organizations in Kaduna state have been called upon to support victims of ethno-religious crisis and those affected by activities of banditry in Southern Kaduna with food and clothes to enable them celebrate the Yuletide season with joy.
The General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha Kaduna state, Pastor Yohanna Buru, made the call on Monday, 1st December, 2020, when he visited some internally displaced persons (IDPs) that are residing at Kujama camp.
While praying for God to strengthen them, despite the critical situation in which they found themselves, he said it becomes mandatory to make the call in view of the hardship most internally displaced person face in the new communities they are settling with their kids, amidst the harmattan and Corona-virus pandemic.
Of note, Pastor Buru expressed concern that, there are many internally displaced persons at Kujama that are living in a rented houses, saying, most of them find it extremely difficult to eat food, even as their children lack cloths to wear.
The cleric added that, there is need for Christians round the world to immensely support them with clothes and shelter, as most of them, their houses were completely burnt down by gunmen. “Supporting them with food and clothes at this yuletide season would help them celebrate Christmas and New Year in joy and happiness,” he said.
He then appealed to Kaduna State Emergency Agency (KSEMA) and all humanitarian NGOs, Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights groups to pay visit to Kujama and see the daily challenge the victims are facing in their new environment.
“Some of them cannot even send their children to schools due to lack of clothes, food and shelter; and as harmattan season is here, there is need for Nigerians to donate cold-protective clothes to less-privileged children so as to protect them from diseases and respiratory infections such as conjunctivitis, asthma, cough, catarrh, and tonsillitis,” the clergy stated.
According to him, harmattan season comes with its own challenges to health and environment, to skin and also to hair and the body in general; hence the need for the public to assist the IDPs.
While applauding the effort of an NGO, ‘Zaman-Tare,’ on its peace move in the area, Buru urged both Muslims and Christians to keep on praying for peace and stability in the country.