- IDPs in Zamfara have appealed to wealthy individuals to come to their aid particularly during the holy month of Ramadan
- The IDPs said they are battling to survive having left their homes and taken refuge in Gusau, the state capital
- Some of them said they are sending their children to beg for food in the neighbourhood to break the fast
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) staying at Tsunami area in Gusau, Zamfara state capital have appealed to wealthy individuals in the area to come to their aid particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.
According to Daily Trust, the IDPs who are mostly women, said they are battling to survive having left their homes and taken refuge in Gusau, the state capital.
Some of them said they are sending their children to beg for food in the neighbourhood to break the fast.
A house wife identified as Halima said: “I’m here with about seven children, my husband has left for Lagos in search of livelihood. He sent some money to us few days to the start of Ramadan fasting, but the money is about to finish and since then I have not heard from him again.
“The money being sent to me can’t take care of my seven children for two weeks. I buy medicine if any of us falls sick, and purchase soap for washing of clothes and baths. You can see that we are being financially handicapped.”
Another mother of five called Jumma Aminu, said they started Ramadan fasting with very little resources at their disposal despite the effort by her husband to provide the little he gets from doing menial jobs where available.
“As you can see now, my husband has gone looking for job. We expect him to return late in the evening. So if we are lucky he would come back with some that will help us break our fast. Life is too difficult here.
“Most of our children would go into town begging for food especially in the evening. We were displaced from our villages in Birnin Magaji local government area of the state by armed bandits. They burnt down our grain silos and drove us away.” she added.
As for Haruna Dan Mallam, sometimes finding jobs is very difficult complaining how the labour market has been saturated because of too much people longing for survival.
His words: “At times we go out and cannot find job to do. This is compounding our woes in most cases. If there is work to do then we wouldn’t have much problem. But somebody with dependants and can’t find anything to do. I think it is disastrous.”
An ageing resident of Gusami in Birnin Magaji Sani Abubakar said his three sons were killed by the armed bandits while working on their farms and he had to leave his community because he had no one to support him.
He said: “I left the community after the devastating attack and took shelter here. I had never been to Gusau before and I came here through the advise of a young person whose father was also killed in the attack.
“I’m getting food from the neighbourhood, sometimes people assist and the assistance has increased especially during the Ramadan period. We are begging the government to come and also assist in this direction.”
They, however, expressed hope that the situation would improve so that they can go back to their homes and re-establish their normal life.
Meanwhile, armed persons suspected to be bandits, last weekend, attacked some communities in Zamfara state killing more than 50 people and injuring 31 in the space of three days.
The attackers invaded communities under Dangurgu, Kunkilai, Birnin Magaji, in Maru, Gusau and Birnin Magaji local government areas of Zamfara state.
The bandits armed with sophisticated weapons, were said to have started shooting sporadically immediately they stormed a community, killing 31 and wounding six in the process.
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