December 2, 2022

Abandoned by their government, dozens of women widowed by attacks get their help through a Christian NGO

A widow in tears after receiving bags of grains from ECCVN in Jos on 6 October

JOS, NIGERIA – 7 October, 2022: More than 100 women widowed by armed attacks across northern Nigeria have received food donations from Emancipation Center for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN).

For years, ECCVN – a small Christian nongovernmental organization has been tracking armed attacks in Nigeria and advocating for victims.

The organization also supports victims with food rations and money for medical care as well as the rebuilding of destroyed houses.

Barr. Solomon Dalyop (Right) presents a bag of grains to a widow in Jos on 6 October

This October, a selection of rural women widowed by armed attacks across Plateau, Benue, Kaduna, Zamfara and Taraba States were given two 30kg bags of corn and beans each to feed their families.

The donation aimed to reduce sufferings for the women who lost their breadwinners and livelihoods to attacks, said the Chief Executive officer of ECCVN, Barrister Solomon Dalyop.

“Many of you lost your breadwinners to the attacks, yet, your farm crops are still being despoiled on a regular basis,” he said in Jos on 6 October while distributing the grains to widows from Plateau State. Similar distributions were done within the preceding days in the four other States.

Widows stand by their bags of grains donated by ECCVN in Jos on 6 October

“This is just the little we can do for now, but we hope to do more as resources avail,” he said, decrying government neglect of the suffering villagers.

Some of the benefitting women described the donations as lifesaving.

“I shed tears when I received these items,” said Mrs. Helen Dalyop from Barkin Ladi Local Government in Plateau State.

“I was not expecting this but I got a call. Thank you for remembering us,” she said. “What happened to my husband in April still affects me. He was attacked with two of my children,” she added.

Another widow, Mrs. Vnou Joshua from Chugwi village in Jos south Local Government Area said, “We will never forget this love and support you’ve shown us.”

Mrs. Ladi Pam expresses delight for ECCVN’s donation

Mrs. Ladi Pam from the same Chugwi village also said, “Things have not been easy for me. But this is lifesaving. We are really grateful for this gift,” she said.

On her part, Mrs. Margaret Joseph from Wereng village in Riyom Local Government Area said, “I don’t know what to say. With all these gifts I can only say thank you. God bless and replenish you.”