By ACNS staff
The team leader at the centre for Gospel Health and Development in Jos, Nigeria, has warned that blankets, mattresses and medical care are urgently needed for victims of post election violence in Jos.
Ven. Noel Bewarang, who is also steering group member of the Anglican Communion's Anglican Alliance, undertook a needs assessment on Easter Monday at the camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) at Jos East local government area. He found about 3,000 people, mostly Christians, who had been attacked in Toro, Tilden Fulani and Magaman Gumau in Bauchi state.
Risking his own safety to go into the affected communities, he saw homes destroyed by fire and speak to some of the people affected by the post election violence.
"Based on our assessment, the victims are in dire need of blankets and mattresses as their houses were completely burnt," said Noel .
"This is the rainy season in Plateau state and it can really get cold at night. Medical care is another urgent need, quite a number of the children have fevers and diarrhoea. Nine male corpses were recovered and buried, several people are still missing."
Noel and his colleagues reported the situation to local government officials and, as a result, food was sent to the IDP camps. In addition they were able to arrange for some medical teams to go into the affected areas.
Post election violence in Jos erupted on Monday 18th April 2011, as the results of the presidential elections begin to indicate that President Goodluck Jonathan was ahead on the polls. One recent media report claims that Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Ambassador Francis Deng may visit Nigeria to assess the extent of the killings that happened in some parts of the north.