Red Cross as­sists 1.1m vic­tims of vi­o­lence in 2017

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

The In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Nige­ria said it as­sisted more than 1.1 mil­lion Nige­ri­ans af­fected by armed con­flict and vi­o­lence with food, es­sen­tial house­hold and hy­giene items as well as agri­cul­tural in­puts and cash grants in 2017.

The Head of Sub-del­e­ga­tion, ICRC Jos, Hicham Rizkallah stated this dur­ing the an­nual ICRC If­tar (break­ing of fast) or­gan­ised for Mus­lims in the state as well as mem­bers of se­cu­rity agen­cies, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and the me­dia.

Rizkallah said the ICRC, to­gether with the Nige­ria Red Cross So­ci­ety, also helped 900,000 peo­ple with ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter while it also ac­tively looked for 13,000 per­sons sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies by con­flict in 2017.

He said the or­gan­i­sa­tion has also vis­ited more than 30,000 peo­ple de­prived of free­dom in Nige­rian pris­ons, mil­i­tary and po­lice fa­cil­i­ties.

The Plateau State Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary for Jama’atu Nas­ril Is­lam, Sani Mudi as­sured the hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion of con­tin­ued part­ner­ship from the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

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