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Herdsmen Attacks: 36,500 Plateau & Benue IDPs Rebuild Houses…

More than 36,500 internally displaced persons from Plateau, Benue, Adamawa and Kaduna states are rebuilding their houses allegedly razed by herdsmen, a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross has said.

It was learnt that the ICRC provided support to the residents to rebuild the houses, which were lost to the violent clashes.

In the report, which covered January to September 2017 and was obtained by our correspondent on Friday, the ICRC said it also assisted 6,640 residents looking for their family members to make appropriate telephone contacts.

Benue and Plateau states particularly have been allegedly attacked by Fulani herdsmen on several occasions in 2017, during which scores of people, mostly women and children were killed.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, in July, had disclosed that over 200 persons were still missing after the clashes, while 99,427 households were affected by them.

In Plateau, more than 70 persons were reportedly killed in clashes that occurred within the period of September and October, while 23 others were injured following attacks by herdsmen on communities in Bassa Local Government Area.

More than 13,700 persons were also said to be displaced.

The report partly reads, “In the North-East and the Middle Belt regions, almost 40,000 people received food for three months or longer. Also, almost 48,000 people received essential household items, such as cooking pots, water containers, clothes, sleeping and shelter materials.

“Furthermore, almost 36,500 returnees and persons affected by communal clashes in Adamawa, Plateau, Kaduna and Benue states received ICRC support to rebuild their houses. The ICRC also gave agricultural inputs to around 446,000 returnees, who had been isolated in conflict-affected areas to start farming and increase crop production.

“Many people lost contact with their families while fleeing the armed conflict. The situation is complex, as some have been displaced for a very long time. They have had to flee on multiple occasions. We work to locate and where possible, reunite families. With the use of Red Cross messages and free telephone calls, separated family members have been able to get in touch with their relations.”

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