Start Network provides £274,780 in aid to victims of Kaduna armed conflict

Relief has come for people in Kajuru and Kachia districts in Kaduna State as £274,780 Start Network has been released to fund those displaced by the ongoing conflict in the area.

Start Fund Alert triggered by Start Network members is an innovative humanitarian actor that typically disburses funds within 72 hours of a crisis alert.

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, with the majority fleeing their villages and relocating to shelters for displaced people – which are deemed safer due to the presence of security forces. 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 are unfortunately happening again. People should not live their lives in perpetual fear. We work with community leaders and groups to provide training that strengthens community systems and structures to identify, share information and respond quickly to threats. We will also link the structures of these communities to the main security formations in the areas.

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