Just days ago, the residents of attacked communities in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau faced unimaginable horrors. Pp
Instead of celebrating Christmas peacefully, they found themselves engulfed in tragedy.
Between Saturday night and Monday morning, the attacks claimed 148 lives, including women and children, leaving hundreds injured. In addition, 1,290 houses, 82 vehicles, and 187 motorcycles were destroyed across 25 communities.
Survivors, with emotions ranging from anger to sorrow, recounted harrowing experiences.
Christian Emmanuel, recovering at Alheri Clinic, described a desperate escape and pleading for mercy before being shot. Mary Samuel lost loved ones and farms, now seeking refuge with no resources.
Tabita Timothy witnessed the slaughter of many, grieving the loss of family members and homes.
Rifkatu Sati narrowly escaped but faces an uncertain future as the breadwinners of her family were taken.
Mary John witnessed gruesome scenes, abandoning Christmas celebrations for survival.
Dorat David, having lost her family, shared the heart-wrenching story of being the sole survivor after attackers opened fire.
Thousands are displaced, grappling with the scarcity of shelter, food, and clothing.
Governor Caleb Mutfwang promised aid to address these pressing issues during his address to the displaced.