By lssac Uzaan/Katsina-Ala
The Foundation for Justice, Development and Peace (FJDP) of the Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala in conjunction with Caritas, Catholic Diocese of Gboko has distributed palliatives to over three hundred Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp Chanchanji in Takum Local government area of Taraba State to reduce the dual impact of the crisis and Coronavirus pandemic on them.
The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Gboko and Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala, Most Reverend William Avenya who initiated the idea explained that the gesture is aimed at providing support to vulnerable children and people living with disability and in its bid to commemorate As the World Humanitarian Day amidst the global Coronavirus pandemic to support for people affected by crises.
Speaking during the exercise, the representative of the Bishop and Coordinator of FJDP, Reverend Father Michael Bull regretted the unfortunate incident of the crisis between Jukun and Tiv in Taraba State which has hitherto rendered many people homeless and brought untold hardships to a lot more.
Fr. Bull expressed the passionate disposition of the Catholic Church in Benue State towards the plight of the displaced persons and assured them of the determination of the church to continue rendering material and logistic support to those who need help.
He prayed with them, pleading God to remember, especially those who fill the dusty air with waills of grief and names of the missing dead and shelter them under His wing now that homes no longer exist.
After the prayer, the visitors and the IDPs exchanged pleasantries deeply woven in camaraderie, but behind the warmth were sad tales of a stolen child and child mortality in the camp.
Receiving the items, the Camp Chairman, Michael Msughter appreciated FJDP Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala and Caritas Gboko for showing love and care to the least of the unfortunate people around them and prayed God to give them the resources and strength they need to sustain the gesture.
The items include eight bales of unisex clothing materials, three bags of dried cassava chips, one carton of toilet soap, one bag of bathroom slippers for children and a carton of carbin biscuit, amongst other things.