Start Network, an innovative humanitarian actor that typically disburses funds within 72 hours of a crisis alert. Thanks to a Start Fund alert triggered by Start Network members, funding of £274,780 has been released to address the needs of displaced people, exacerbated by the ongoing conflict in these areas.
Start Network, which is made up of international, local and national NGOs working in more than 80 countries, channeled the funds to ActionAid and Global Peace Development – local partners responding to the crisis. The armed conflict, which has claimed more than 45 lives, has been intensified by a prolonged drought and rising land disputes between nomadic herders and residents of Kaduna State. Around 35,000 people have been affected by this conflict, the majority fleeing their villages and relocating to shelters for displaced people, deemed safer due to the presence of security forces.
A major attack took place on June 20, 2022, affecting many already displaced communities. Following this, the area saw an outbreak of violent communal conflict resulting in the death of 48 people by armed bandits in Kajuru and Kachiaon a week later.
Start Network funding will help affected people recover quickly and build resilience. According to David Habba, Head of Humanitarian Aid and Resilience at ActionAid, the £274,780 is essential to provide community members with access to cash, water and sanitation facilities, dignity kits for women and non-food items, such as mats, blankets, water storage containers and mosquito nets.
“Attacks and conflicts around Kachia and Kajuru unfortunately happen again. People should not live their lives in perpetual fear. We work with leaders and community groups to provide training that strengthens community systems and structures to identify , share information and react quickly in case there are threats.We will also link the structures of these communities to the main security formations in the areas.
Esike Ebruke, Executive Director of Global Peace Development, added: “We are very happy that this intervention is funded by Start Fund. Global Peace Development is present and works in these communities. Communities look up to us when we talk about peacebuilding, environment and community health, governance and other issues. Start Fund’s support allows us to be there for them in their most difficult times. Thanks to this support, the most affected women and children will be able to meet some of their basic needs such as food, water and other materials such as blankets. The intervention improves the lives of people who continue to bear the burden of growing insecurity in Nigeria, especially women and children. We are very grateful.
According to Serena Suen, Start Fund program manager, “The response has been quick and should support those affected, the majority of whom are women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities. We would like to thank our members and their partners who have been instrumental in assisting those affected by providing them with the necessary essential amenities as soon as possible, covering identified gaps. This alert demonstrated the clear need for innovative and gap-filling funding initiatives, such as than the Start Fund, We are delighted that a local organization like Global Peace Development is leading part of the response and we believe that a more balanced international aid system that shifts power to those closest to the frontline, will generate more effective and appropriate responses for those affected by crises.”
Distributed by African Media Agency for Start Network.
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