All his family members are on the camp, however more than ever, Tersoo sees a bleak future and is eager to learn a skill, preferably tailoring. He said “They have given me mattress and we have water. If can get a wheel chair, I will feel better. Since I was born, I have been walking with my hands. The long distance trek from my community to this place has made my hand sore and the clinic here has not been able to help me treat it.’’
CASE STUDY 3:
Mr. Baki was a teacher in Sacred Heart School, Udei, Goma and had received approval to further his studies at Federal college of education, Pankshin, Jos, but his study was short leaved few months into school when he received termination letter. The social studies teacher turned peasant farmer was famous for his rice, yam, groundnut, maize and millet farm; averagely he makes N250,0000 on farm produce.
The Bakis are originally from Torkula village but were displaced due to an herdsmen clash that happened in their village years back during which herdsmen invaded their village on a sunny afternoon and slaughtered his 80year old father. Due to the feeling of insecurity, he migrated to Uikpam and started afresh with his family.
Narrating his ordeal ‘‘On the day we ran from our community, I was outside near the barn of a friend who stores rice and suddenly, we heard gun shots and male voices shouting “catch him, catch him by the hand. I ran through Ukpam before getting to Daudu and then came here. We need food, clothing and good drugs. My kids have been purging for 2 days, if not for this crises, we would have gone to the primary health centre but now if we go, there is nobody there.’’
CASE STUDY 4:
35 year-old Simon was initially in Daudu IDP camp with his family but decided to go back with 6 of his friends to pick food items in his community. On getting there, they met herdsmen who shot randomly killing one his friends, others flee but he was captured. He was tied up and beaten from Sunday 4th February to the morning of 6thFebruary when two of the herdsmen were told to go kill him. To his utmost surprise his, the supposed executors shot in the air instead and asked him to run.
“If I have a chance to revenge, I will. If not for God that changed their mind, they will have killed me. The killing is getting too much. When I got back to Daudu camp to check my family, they were not there and that was why I came here to Anga camp maybe I will find them.
CASE STUDY 5:
‘‘In my condition and age the least thing I need is displacement or the having to run from my community. Since the problem with eyes and leg started, my first son has been the bread winner and now he can no longer farm or care for us. He brought us here and has gone out to find menial things to do. Since I got here they have given me mattress and some food items but the food barely lasted a few days”. Says 75 year old Asande originally from Tse-Damebee.
CASE STUDY 6:
Mary, a 17 year-old young mother has never been to school, but her priority now is feeding her 1 year, 4 month old child.
“We depend solely on farming, but we had run for our lives when we got wind that the herdsmen were approaching our village. We were only able to carry our bags of clothes. As farmers of yam and guinea corn, we realised up to N80,000 during farming season, but now we don’t know what to do. Since we got here my husband goes out every day to find whatever he can to support us. I am happy for the bucket and blankets you gave me, since I got here, I use to borrow from people and when it gets cold at night I use my wrapper to cover my baby and we have not been given food and mattress till now”.
CASE STUDY 7:
“We heard rumours that Fulani were coming and we ran here. It’s better safe than sorry. I have been having headaches for days; whenever I go to the clinic here they will tell me there is no pain killer/drugs. I hope that people and government will come to our aid quickly. We are not asking for much, we just want to live in peace”.19 year-old Mngusuun
CASE STUDY 8:
“We were hearing gun shots so we ran. We all initially went to Daudu camp, but because the space was not enough, I had to divide my family into two. The first wife is with her children there and I am here with my second wife and children”.
I am the sole provider for my family, my major challenge is my health, I have been having cough and catarrh but when I go to the clinic the lines are always too long and I can’t stand for long because of my frequent urination disease and swollen legs”.
Before we ran, the cows will come and eat our crops and we watch them and not be able to do anything. Most times I feel helpless as I watch the cows destroy my cassava and guinea corn farm”.
CASE STUDY 9:
Age: Over 80
Number of Children: 11 Children (6 Dead)
Community: Mbagwen, Goma LGA, Benue State
Situation: Son brought her to camp but does no live on camp.
“Since I came here, this is the only cloth I have been wearing. I don’t batch regularly because there is no one to help me. My son doesn’t stay here but he brings me food from outside camp from whatever he can find. As an aged person, only someone who knows you well can care for you but with this displacement none of my loved ones are here with me. I used to take herbal medicine for my health but I can’t have access to that now. Kwagbe Agere, 80
CASE STUDY 10:
“My husband brought us here but lives with his sister off camp. We arrived here 2 weeks ago and I have received news that our home has been burnt down. I use to a petty trader and farmer but now I can barely care for my children. Only 3 out of my 7 children were in school due to lack of funds, but now all of them are out of school and we don’t know whether things will return to the way it used to be”. 36 year-old Kerga Aondohenma mother of 7 from Keseyo, Guma LGA. Benue State
CASE STUDY 11:
“Currently we are not going to school, we are hoping that once the crisis calm down and our parents find their feet, they will be able to re-enroll us in school. For now, we are not doing anything.
We stay with our elder brother here. Our parents are in other camps. Our brother informed us that our house has been burnt down and since we got here they have only given us mat”.
Mattias and Simeon (17 year-old Step brothers)
CASE STUDY 12:
“When the sickness starts we are usually asked to donate blood for him. We spend about ten thousand naira every 2-3 months on his health. Then the herdsmen came with their cows and they grazed on 2 hectares of my rice farm. If there is a way I can get a safe land I am willing to start afresh and continue my farming business.” – Peter Asough (Father).
“We have 5 children but there is no way for them to continue school when we got here because we came out from our community empty handed”. Nancy Asough (Mother)
CASE STUDY 13
“We came here a week ago when government announced over the radio that an IDP camp is opened here. Before coming here, we lived in fear and we didn’t know where to go. Since we got here my husband has been idle and unable to support us.
The toilet here is ok, however due to lack of proper maintenance and the, the sanitation is bad. For some us willing to keep it, we don’t even have the tools to use. Because this building is uncompleted it is dusty and not good for my children, especially my new born baby”. Says Hembadoon Bokon (34 years and mother of 5)
CASE STUDY 14:
“My name is Ladi Tyohemba and I am 18 years old. I have 2 children. I am not comfortable here. As at the time we left we could not even carry the products we just harvested, hence we have nothing to sell to meet our needs.
Thank you for the blanket, but no matter what I receive here, there will be no place like home. Please we want to go back home”.
Speaking on her education status, “my dad is teacher but was only able to send my 2 elder ones to school due to insufficient funds”.
CASE STUDY 15:
Sarah (left) has never had children. She enjoyed her routine life as an aged widow.“My name is Sarah Ikyaa and I am 75 years old from Kaseyo community in Guma LGA. I have witnessed many crises but I have never had the cause to abandon my home until now. Initially we thought it was a rumour but now we know it is real. At my age, I deserve peace of mind not this stress”