A group, the Internally Displaced Women (IDW) of Daffo in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State on Thursday raised an alarm that about 7, 000 women and children were facing the dearth of healthcare services, destitution, poverty, hunger, and food insecurity.
It said that their deplorable condition of the people was caused by their displacement from recent attacks in the district by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
In the attacks, 32 lives were lost, while 10 others were severely injured, and another 10 missing.
The invaders had struck in nine villages in the district.
While presenting the group’s demands to the Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Azi, the Leader of IDW, Mrs. Matawal Comfort Malan, said: “It is imperative to call the attention of government at all levels, security agencies, civil societies, the media, religious bodies and other spirited individuals to the prevailing and incipient humanitarian situation facing victims of those attacks.
“At present, we are numbering at least 7, 000, comprising women and children, are faced with the most threatening state of healthcare, destitution, poverty, hunger and food insecurity as a result of our violent displacements during the attacks.
“Adequate security should be made for the affected communities and the same strategy employed to guard farmers in the North East zone and elsewhere on their farms should be employed to enable our farmers pick up economically.
“Considering that the 2018 rainy season has commenced, any further delay in ensuring that these villagers return to their ancestral homes and farmlands, would create severe food shortage and debilitating poverty,” Malan said.
She said that records showed that 1,017 houses were razed down during the attacks, adding that other assets that were either burnt or looted included livestock, household appliances, vehicles, water pumping machines, electrical generating sets, assorted foodstuff, cash, furniture and other valuables worth millions of naira.
Hon. Azi assured the women that not only would the letter be delivered to the governor, but the House would ensure that their demands were given attention.