Red Cross Seeks Help For Victims Of Communal Violence

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nigerian Red Cross Society are seeking assistance from individuals and organisations for victims of the brutal communal violence that broke out in the country's central Nasarawa State 12 June.
"The challenges on the ground call for the co-operation and support of everyone in the country," the two bodies said in a joint statement in Lagos Saturday.
An estimated 200 people have been killed and more than 50,000 displaced in the fighting, between the Hausa-speaking Azara and the Tiv communities in Nasarawa.
Some 9,000 of the displaced are in the three camps located at Daudu, Ukpam and Lafia, while others are being hosted by friends and relatives.
The statement said the Nasarawa and the Benue States branches of the Nigerian Red Cross had responded rapidly to the crisis by mobilising their volunteers, providing health personnel and taking care of the injured.
The fighting was triggered by the murder of the chief of Azara, Musa Ibrahim, by unknown persons.
Ibrahim was also a Special Assistant to the State Governor, Abdullahi Adamu.

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