support. We must are reaching out to those who have been terrorized and traumatized in northern Nigeria through a Trauma Healing project. Participants are drawn from eight northern states in Nigeria; in group settings they process their various challenges in order to find individual, group, and community healing, as well as extend forgiveness to one another and build personal and collective resilience.In this context World Renew appeals urgently for your
Danladi* lost fifty members of his immediate and extended family--including his children and his wife who was eight months pregnant--when his village was attacked on September 9, 2014. His house was destroyed by fire, and area property worth thousands of dollars was destroyed. In tears Danladi says, “Now I find things difficult in my life because of the absence of those people around me. I have nobody to communicate and share with and no house to live in. In fact today I am like a bird in the air. Anywhere I go and night meets me, I sleep there. Anywhere I get food I eat. I have no choices of my own. I appreciate God for anything He brings my way.”
Danladi is now part of a caring group made possible through the Trauma Healing project, which he says has helped him gain more appreciation for the opportunity of having a decent meal, a place to sleep, someone loving and caring to talk with, and something to wear.
Besides the current Trauma Healing project, World Renew also addressed the needs of Nigerian refugees who fled the violence of Boko Haram by crossing into Niger. Partnering with a local organization and in coordination with OCHA, assistance was provided in November to 50 families: 89 men, 146 women, and 115 children – 350 people in total. These families received a month’s ration of food including rice, beans, and sugar. They also received sleeping kits (3 mats, 3 mosquito nets, and 1 blanket) and hygiene kits (10 bars of soap, a bucket for bathing, 150 Aquatabs for purifying water, and a Jeri can).
A month later the families reported they were eating 3 meals instead of 1, thanks to the food distribution. One gave this testimonial:
“World Renew and their partner have changed something important in the lives of my children. My child suffered from malaria. We are staying right next to a pond where there are lots of mosquitos. Thanks to this help I received three mosquito nets; now the children sleep in them. Since we got them I have not heard one of the children complain about a headache [from malaria]. The child who was sick got better and has returned to school. “
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PHOTO TOP: A woman talks about her escape from violence after Boko Haram insurgents attacked their community weeks ago, at the internally displaced persons (IDP) camp at Wurojuli, Gombe State September 1, 2014. Photo credit: REUTERS/Samuel IniRS/
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*not Danladi's real name