Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Chikun, Kajuru and Birnin Gwari local governments areas of Kaduna State have cried out to governments at all levels to help them with relief materials and also secure their communities so that they can return to their ancestral homes. The IDPs who are taking refuge at different IDP camps across the state were sacked from their homes by bandits.
The displaced people from villages that include Malmo, Garu, Gbagyi Rumana and Badna in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, and Ungwan Boka, Araha 1 and 2 in Kajuru Local Government Area, have been displaced for about two years . While those from Birnin-Gwari and parts of Chikun Local Government Area are still at the Ungwan Zwahu IDP Camp in Goningora, those from Kajuru Local Government Area have started going back to their villages.
Speaking when officials of Resilient Aid and Dialogue Initiative (RADI) a non-governmental organisation (NGO) took food and clothes to them, the IDPs said, though they ran away from their communities when attacks started from 2019, they would happily go back if the abandoned communities can be fully secured.
Speaking at the IDP camps, co-founders of RADI, Mr Reuben Buhari and Alheri Magaji, who led other volunteers to share out relief materials to 100 IDPs at the Goningora Camp and 110 at the Rimau Centre, told reporters that the plight of the IDPs requires urgent help from the government and other individuals.
“This is the harmattan season with all its attendant discomfort and these people you see are in dire need. Thought they would go back to their villages that were destroyed by the bandits if they can be assured of security, their pressing needs now are food, clothing and proper shelter. What we in RADI have been doing for two years with these vulnerable people, is trying to meet their urgent needs,” Buhari said.