Over 5,500 Flee After Attacks on Nigerian Villages: ICRC
The attacks by radical Muslims have forced over 5,500 people to leave their homes. Nigerian Christians live under difficult situation due to constant attacks by Muslim radicals.
07/18/2012 Nigeria (ANGOP )-More than 5,500 people fled their homes after attacks this month on mainly Christian villages in central Nigeria in which over 100 people were killed, the Red cross said Tuesday.
The violence in the villages in Plateau state "caused dozens of casualties and forced more than 5,500 people to flee their homes. Over 25 villages were affected," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
On July 7, gunmen suspected of belonging to the Fulani tribe stormed mainly Christian villages and killed more than 80 people.
Another 22 people, including two senior politicians, were killed the next day in an attack, also blamed on the Fulani, on the funeral of the July 7 victims.
"People left their homes and ran to safety with only the clothes they were wearing. They need everything to survive in this kind of situation," said Julia Unger, ICRC's head in Jos, the state capital, in the statement.
The humanitarian organisation said it was now providing food, blankets, soap and other essential items to more than 2,800 displaced people.