The International Rescue Committee (IRC) announced on Friday that it has earmarked $250,000 in emergency relief funds to provide assistance to the victims of the recent crises in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State,Daily Trust reports.
Babatunde Ojei, the Country Director of IRC in Nigeria, revealed this in a statement. The support is intended to address the immediate needs of displaced individuals, encompassing initiatives related to water, sanitation, and hygiene, safety measures, economic recovery and development, as well as the incorporation of safeguarding principles into all intervention programs.
Ojei stated, “Plateau State has a long history of deadly conflicts, and the current crisis has witnessed a distressing increase in casualties, property destruction, and mass displacement. In just over four months since the conflict began, almost 200 people have lost their lives, with many more individuals unaccounted for.”
“These attacks have affected 48 communities, some of which remain inaccessible, making it difficult to accurately assess the needs of the victims. In response to this escalating humanitarian crisis, the IRC has increased its financial commitment to Plateau State, with the goal of better meeting the growing demands for water, food, and shelter.”
“The situation in Plateau State is dire and requires immediate action and attention to assist those caught up in the ongoing conflict. These crises have persisted for far too long, causing unimaginable economic losses, with women and children being the most severely affected.”
“We call for a concrete approach to bring about lasting peace within the state. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) also urges all parties involved in the conflicts and other stakeholders to explore options that can facilitate an end to the conflict in the region,” Ojei emphasized.