No fewer than one hundred and forty internally displaced victims of attacks and kidnapping from 11 communities in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State have received bags of maize from a Non-Government Organization – Resilient Aid and Dialogue Initiative (RADI).
Salama News reports that the victims were displaced from their communities after repeated attacks from armed herdsmen who have also been kidnaping and terrorizing them from their farms which led to the rural dwellers to abandone their communities for safer places around Local Government headquarters and the metropolis.
In a remark, the Program Manager, Mr. Reuben Buhari, while sharing the grains to the displaced victims in Kasuwan Magani at the weekend explained that the grains being distributed came through a scheme called Fertilizer Birth Initiative.
He pointed out that the scheme adopts a local practice in most of the communities in Kaduna state through supplying fertilizers from a donor to IDPs who can farm but are unable to buy fertilizer.
He added that after harvest, the beneficiaries each return a bag or two of grains which is gathered and share to other IDPs who were unable to farm.
Earlier, the Director Humanitarian Services of the NGO, Alheri Magaji said the project is funded by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs with Meridian International Center as the implementing partner.
She noted that aside the first phase of the distribution, by next week they will carry out another phase in a different community where they had gathered the grains.
The benefiting communities include Kikwari, Mokorozankarya, Maikori, and Ungwan Aku which have been abandoned by the people since 2022. Others include Robo, KaramaiKasau, Kallah, and give which have also not been spared from attacks since 2022.
Recall that Kajuru Local government in Kaduna state is among several other LGAs that have borne the brunt of consistent attacks from armed herdsmen who have also been kidnaping people.