The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in close cooperation with the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), is responding to the most urgent needs of more than 22,000 people displaced by the recent armed violence in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South Local Government Areas, Plateau state.
Tens of thousands of people fled their homes after the most recent spat in armed violence in June 2018. Hundreds have been killed and injured, while some areas were left in ruins. Most of the displaced women, children and elderly are staying in congested impromptu camps where they arrived with whatever they could carry—and often with nothing. Some are being hosted by local families, who are also struggling to make do with scarce resources.
“Over the coming days, we will be delivering food, sleeping materials, clothes as well as kitchen and hygiene items to displaced families and vulnerable people from the local communities. Among them, we prioritised women, people with disabilities, and households that are headed by children,” said Lene Groenkjaer, the ICRC delegate in charge of the ICRC programs in Plateau state.
“All assistance provided by the Red Cross is distributed directly to the affected persons regardless of their religion, tribe or political affiliations and is given free of charge”, added Ms. Groenkjaer.
Each household registered for assistance through a rigorous assessment process. After a discussion with the communities, it was decided that the ICRC will provide rice, beans, condiments and one month’s supply of a nutrition supplement. They will also receive blankets, mosquito nets, mats, tarpaulin, kitchen sets and clothing in an effort to improve their current living conditions. At the same time, the ICRC is working to improve the sanitation and hygiene items by distributing soap and setting up hand-washing stations and latrines.
The ICRC has been responding to humanitarian challenges in Nigeria for the past 30 years. Working closely with the NRCS, today it provides assistance and strengthens resilience of the persons affected by armed conflict or violence in the north-east, north-central and southern parts of the country.