We fled after bandits killed 30 people in our village – Zamfara IDP Crying
Terrorists acting as bandits in Zamfara State in northwestern Nigeria have forced indigenous populations to leave their villages as they seek refuge elsewhere considered safer throughout the state and beyond.
IDP Fatima, originally from Jar’kuka, told DAILY POST that due to the actions of the bandits, she was forced to flee from her village to the camp in Anka.
“We decided to leave our village after 56 people were killed by bandits in one day,” Fatima said. “About 30 people from our village have already been killed, and our belongings are constantly being robbed.”
Fatima fled her home after her village of Jar’kuka was taken over and it became too dangerous to live there.
He said that life means nothing to bandits who take it as they want.
Another IDP, who identified himself as Abbas, who also lives in the New Emirs Palace IDP camp in Anka, left his village of Tangaram with his wife and three children after the abduction of his father.
“Two years ago, my father, who was the traditional leader of our village, was kidnapped by bandits and taken to the bushes,” he said.
“The bandits demanded a ransom, which was paid. Since then we have not tried to return. Two people returned to check the situation there, but one was killed and the other kidnapped, although he later escaped. “
Fatima and Abbas are just two of more than 200,000 people estimated to have been displaced in the northwestern region of Nigeria since violent terrorist attacks on civilians began.
The International Crisis Group estimates that after the violence in 2018, some 100,000 displaced persons sought refuge in the cities of Anka, Shinkafi and Zurmi, Zamfara State.
Camp Anka is the only place for internally displaced persons in Zamfar.
In the Northwest, IDPs are usually located in every city in the state and live in different cities, making it difficult to calculate the exact number of IDPs.
Source: – Daily Post