Jos Nigeria – 29 Aug. 2021: 549 villagers in Nigeria’s Plateau State on Saturday received food rations, toiletries and beddings from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), after armed attacks claimed their homes and family members last four weeks in the State’s Northwest.
From 30 Jul to 17 Aug, more than 85 people were killed, 55 injured and 30,000 displaced according to Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). More than 3,141 houses were burnt, 1,520 houses vandalized and 2,901 in 39 villages in Bassa, said the ECWA/TEKAN Bloc of CAN on 23 Aug.
USAID’s Nigerian Early Recovery Initiative (NERI) program, through the Plateau Peace Building Agency supplied the aid to 241 people from the Miango District and 308 from Kwall District, both in Bassa, becoming the first foreign agency to intervene through the local authorities.
The donations might ease the physiological needs of the survivors, said a representative of NERI, Mr. Samson Noma, and help build their resilience, he said during the distribution.
The donations would as well help beneficiaries to rebuild, heal and reconcile, said Director General of the Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang.
“The experiences of the people are hurting, but they should be comforted by the commitment of the Plateau Peace Building Agency and other organizations to overcome those things that engender violent conflicts and attacks in communities, to secure communities and to promote stable and prosperous communities,” Lengmang said.
Tribal leaders of the benefiting districts were full of appreciations for the donation saying it had given them hope for better days.