November 21, 2017

Agatu: Welcome to our hell

Agatu: Welcome to our hell

Though majority of the people have returned to their communities, Agatu land in Benue State is still in ruins with the signs of the invasion by herdsmen everywhere. •Some of the displaced persons at LGEA Primary School, Ayila IDP camp. The spectacle is a sad reminder of the crisis that, over the years, claimed thousands of lives while many more were displaced and several others still missing. A visit to the LGEA Primary School, Ayila Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camp showed a vivid picture of the pains the people were going through, as several families, including women and children, took refuge in the school while they awaited the completion of repair works on their homes. At Adagbo village, Egba Ward, a youth leader, Echoda Aboje, said majority of those who fled Agatu at the peak of the crisis, last year, had returned to their homes.

Aboje said, “Though our people have returned home, where to lay their heads is the problem? Many of us no longer have homes in Agatu. You can see things for yourself. People are managing to put up shelter even for a makeshift home. “Our farms were destroyed with all the crops stored in the food barn, and feeding has become a major challenge for our people. “Though the state government is making efforts, the truth is that it has been overwhelmed and the implication is that hunger and total deprivation stare us in the face and the future does not look bright if we don’t get external help and urgently too”. Read more

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