February 4, 2023

Plateau Attacks: UK foundation hands major food donation in four months

IDPs in Nghar village smile as HART foundation visits

Central Nigeria: Barely a week after supplying assorted grains to survivors of violent attacks in Nghar village, in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, UK-based Hart foundation has made another surprise donation to internally displaced persons in Riyom, 15miles Southwest of Jos, the capital of the State.

Previously camped in a federal school in Anguldi, Jos South LGA, the over 5000 IDPs originally from Shonong village are now scattered across communities in the Central Nigerian State.

Government in December 2019 closed all IDP camps, following “return of peace” in villages.

Only few kilograms of grains, barely lasting two days for a family of four were given to the IDPs, Mr. Dalyop Jambol, leader of Shonong community association told Reporters.

First from left: Hart foundation rep, Hassan John; second from left: Mr. Dalyop Jambol during the visit by HART foundation

During the attacks of June 23, 2018, none of the IDPs escaped with their belonging.

Hundreds of armed herdsmen, the villagers say flooded the community, killing, looting and burning houses.

“While in IDP camp, donations were coming, but since government closed the camps, no one visits us again,” said Jambol.

With just about 3tons of grains supplied by Hart foundation in Tiyana village, where over 100 of the IDPs currently are, emotions rose.

Shonong villagers gather during visit by HART foundation

“We never expected anyone out there would still remember us,” said tearful women rep, Rifkatu Ayuba.

Mrs. Rifkatu Ayuba speaks for displaced women in Shonong community

The “token donation”, according to a representative of Hart, Rev. Hassan John, is just to support the poor families, as the foundation builds networks of prayer and advocacy for the victims of attacks.