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PRESS RELEASE: Sesor Empowerment Foundation Launches 2018 Relief Outreaches to Communities Affected by Herdsmen Attacks in Benue

Makurdi, 03 March 2018: Sesor Empowerment Foundation, an emergency relief organization, launched its 2018 relief outreach programme this week with relief visits to two communities affected by herdsmen attacks in Benue.

Sesor donated relief materials such as rice and other staples, buckets, slippers and jerry cans to the displaced at Tse-ginde camp and at Aila in Agatu local government area.

 

The Sesor Team sorting relief items to be procured to Tse-Ginde in Guma and Aila in Agatu

Loading the van with relief items to be taken to the camp

Sesor’s Programme Assistant (Lagos), Hon Aondoahemen, preparing to board one of the ferries to Tse-Ginde camp in Guma LGA

 

Sesor team and JPDC representatives, aboard the other ferry heading to Tse-Ginde camp in Guma LGA

 

 

 

Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver with the camp officials upon arrival

 

Offloading relief items from the van to be handed over to the camp

 

Officially handing over relief materials to the camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loading the other relief items ahead for visit to Aila community

Arriving Aila community in Agatu

 

Offloading the items

 

The Sesor team with some of the victims and representatives of the St Bridget Catholic church, Aila

Sesor’s Executive Director handing over the iems to the Committee of St Bridget Catholic church, Aila parish

 

 

 

Speaking in Makurdi after the outreaches to these two communities, Sesor‟s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver said,

“There have been over 60 attacks on different communities in Benue since April 2013. Over 28 communities in 14 local government areas have been affected with about 100,000 displaced and over 1,400 people killed. We provided relief materials and sought to encourage those affected in various camps in Makurdi in 2014 and to communities in Buruku and Tarka in 2016.

We and our partners now want to reach other affected communities to encourage them with relief materials and messages of hope from people across the world – these two communities are the first of many we plan to visit through 2018. Our work is funded by voluntary donations from individuals and companies from all around Nigeria and the world. We have spoken with those affected in these communities and all they ask for is for peace so they can go back home.

Our message to all affected by this crisis is that though we bring a little to support them through this difficult time, we bring a more important message from all our donors around the world to say that the world sees their struggles and has not forgotten them. We call on the Nigerian government and the international community to put an end to these unacceptable killings and to bring the killers and their sponsors to justice.

We thank our supporters and our partners here in Benue, Community Links Health Initiative and the Justice, Development & Peace Commission Oturkpo for making these outreaches possible and will be back to do more.”

Headquartered in Lagos, „Sesor‟, which means „we will repair‟ in Tiv language, has worked with displaced survivors of conflict and other emergencies in 8 states in Nigeria and has been supporting victims of conflict and floods in Benue since 2010.

To support Sesor’s Benue outreaches, kindly make donations to our StanbicIBTC bank account – 0002888203 or our GTB account -0170089727

Thank you for all your support.

Media Contact: 
Jasmine Asekome
Communications Officer
0705 800 3071
jasekome@sesorafrica.org

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