By Francis  Odupute (With HHHS Data Reports) 

 

IDPs sleeping in the open air

In today’s Nigeria there is the escalation of attacks by Fulani herders against predominantly Christian communities in the middle belt region.

It has become the norm for tens of thousands to be forcibly displaced, with properties, crops and livestock worth billions of Naira destroyed, at great cost to local and state economies.

An Anglican Bishop in northern Nigeria, Bishop Tula, once said: “The conflict between herdsmen and farmers has existed for a long time. But the menace in recent times has jumped from a worrisome itch in the north to a cancerous disease, spreading throughout the country, claiming lives and threatening to spiral into a monster.”

He went on to describe the anatomy of a Fulani herdsmen attacks: According to him, attacks on farming communities tend to follow a similar pattern. The Fulani will use young cattle herders to scout a village. These children will speak to local people, ascertaining whether villagers are armed and where any weapons are kept. The Fulani will send a ‘warning signal’ to the village 1-2 weeks before the attack.

 

IDPs in a camp

The insurgency begins with about 50-100 Fulani herders shooting outside the village. They shout “Allahu Akbar” and attack homes of pastors, community heads and local vigilantes – having previously ascertained information from the young cattle herders.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) estimates that between January and June 2018 around 6,000 people have been killed by Fulani.

On the 16th of March 2019 Fulani herdsmen invaded Nandu village in Sanga LGA Kaduna State, Nigeria, killing 10 including children. They set 30 homes ablaze and made sure their harvested crops were charred. Motor bikes and grinding machines belonging to the villagers were also not spared. It seemed they wanted to ensure the villagers were completely paralyzed and full of fear to attempt returning home.

The morning after, the villagers who ran for their dear lives returned to estimate the damage. Tears flowed as the loss was irreparable. Innocent children were amongst the casualties. Mr Edward Arewa was away at work that fateful night Fulani herdsmen attacked his village. 3 of his children (5 months, 5 years & 9 years) did not make it alive. His wife and surviving son are recovering from wounds inflicted during the dastardly invasion.

 

Dr. Uvoh Onoriobe is a missionary dentist based in Michigan USA. He is the founder and director of Health Hands Health Society, an active NGO working in northern Nigeria amongst other places. In a chat with me a couple of days ago on facebook, Uvo, an old partner of mine asked me “ what are you people doing about helping Christians in Kaduna who are being killed and it’s like nobody is concerned, nobody is addressing the matter?”

Uvo said his organization, under “Healing Hands Inc” is fundraising “for their hospital bills and is committed to their rehabilitation. We will commence the rebuilding of their home in the coming days. What will you do about this?  Let us rebuild the 30 homes…?” he solicited.

Uvo said “Helping those in distress is one sure way to be your brother’s keeper. Join hands with us to get food, clothing medical care and schools supplies to the resilient people of Nandu in Sanga LGA of Kaduna State.”

Health Hands Health Society was founded in 2007 by Dr. Uvoh Onoriobe as a voluntary, non-profit, non-governmental, faith-based organization that is involved with the provision of free health care, health education and disaster relief in various parts of the world especially Nigeria.

Health Hands Health Society is registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja, Nigeria, as a non-governmental organization (limited by guarantee of the Attorney General of the Federation) and in the United States of America as a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status.

According to Uvo Onoriobe, “We have been involved in a wide variety of preventive and curative activities in various parts of Nigeria and other African countries. Other countries that have benefited from our services include Ghana, Zambia, Brazil, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Swaziland, South Africa, Haiti, Cambodia and Trinidad & Tobago.”

Mission To Nandu

Uvo told me that his team was on ground at Nandu and sends feedback to him in America on developments in the area. He said it was regrettable that despite the people’s cries for help, “No settlement was organized to date by the government. Some families are sleeping under trees. The villagers are more vulnerable now than ever. The people of Nandu urgently need food and cooking utensils and shelter.”

Uvo said Healing Hands Health Society with the help of faithful donors has commenced rebuilding their home, adding that “We are also embarking on weekly food distribution until they can find their feet again. We have an audacious goal of rebuilding 30 houses.

Items Needed included food items, cooking utensils, mats, blankets, and many, many more. Visit: www.hhands.org Read More: https://www.realrelationshipsmag.com/2019/03/support-kaduna-relief-project.html

 

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