Safe Pastures in Nigeria: Part 2
In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here.
07/05/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – ICC has sowed hope in deadly Adamawa. As a result of the Nigeria Farm Project, eight sustainable farms are feeding thousands of Nigerian mouths. Each family is able to harvest about 1,000 pounds of rice (or cassava) per year, enough to feed and provide for a family for the year. ICC also provides medical care for Christian farmers like Marice, who is expecting another surgery soon to alleviate her pain.
There is much work left to do in Nigeria. The people there are hurting, driven from their homes and desperate for help. We met with pastors and persecution victims in the field and provided water pumps and rain boots for the farms. Wherever we went, a crowd of at least 300 Nigerian Christians would show up – desperate for basic needs: food, safety, shelter, and clean water.
On our way back to Abuja, we bumped into an IDP (internally displaced persons) camp. Seventeen hundred people crowded into a building the size of an elementary school: mostly women and children seeking refuge from Fulani and Boko Haram. Their husbands and fathers traveled back to “steal” from their own farms during the day, retreating back to the safety of the camp at night. ICC distributed financial support, food, and medical supplies to the camp before leaving for our next stop: Benue State.
We’re sponsoring a business training school in Benue State for 60 widows who lost their husbands in Boko Haram and Fulani attacks. They also receive group therapy, which has been groundbreaking for those still processing their pain and loss.
“It’s been huge for them. Before, they felt like they were alone, but now they feel like they can share their stories and process their pain,” one ICC staffer shared.
The pain and loss in Nigeria only grows as more villages fall to Fulani and Boko Haram attacks, more farmers lose their land, and more families lose their loved ones. ICC will be growing its farm projects, implementing more business training, and rebuilding damaged property in Nigeria. Join us in creating safer pastures for Christian farmers in Nigeria.
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