Displaced women, kids from Chereponi violence turn to begging for survival

Women and children who fled their communities during the conflict between the Anufos and Konkombas in the Northern Region are now begging for basic amenities including water, clothing and shelter at Gbintiri.

Hundreds of people including women and children were displaced in the renewed conflicts that led to three more deaths, several other injuries and destruction of properties.

Those displaced, mostly women, nursing mothers and children of school going age are living under very dire conditions in Gbintiri.

The displaced Chereponi residents, numbering about 130 are living in an abandoned house at Gbintiri given to them by the community.

What to eat, drink, wear and where to sleep are the major challenges of these vulnerable ones, particularly the children as the house made available to them is overcrowded.

Most of the children say they lost contact with their parents when they fled the conflict zone.

Sixteen-year-old Dosa Augustina is a Junior High School graduate who does not know the whereabouts of her parents.

She’s from Tambon in the Chereponi district and she told Citi News her home, along with others, were burnt.

“There is no place for us to sleep, no food to eat. The children usually cry because they are hungry.”

Doga said she didn’t know where her parents are or “whether they are dead or alive.”

“I am here all by myself together with my colleagues who also came to this community. We are many all crowded in these small rooms. The floor is not cemented just sand and we are sleeping in it.”

Nor Komey was also seeking refuge in Gbintiri.

He is worried about his schooling. He wanted to join his JHS mates in a local school but there was no space for him.

“We are facing lots of challenges here, we don’t know where our parents are, we have no food to eat. I wanted to join the JHS here but I am told the school is full,” he told Citi News.

“Our books and all our learning materials were burnt. Our houses and even our animals. We are appealing to the government and other people to come and assist us.”

Meanwhile, some JHS final year students have been able to join their colleagues in the school to enable them prepare for the BECE later this year.

Residents of Gbintiri, through their chief, Naa Zunzungu Jababu Wajack have provided accommodation, food and other materials to some of them.

But they complain the situation has become burdensome.

Naabila Tani, a resident who is taking care of over 20 of these children narrated some of their struggles and appealed for the government’s help.

“I am taking care of over 20 children of the kids and now feeding them is very difficult. I have used all that I had and now left with nothing. I want to appeal to government to help us. We need food, water to drink. We also need for them, clothes and even sandals. Because of the situation, the children have started begging people for food and nobody has. That is why we want government to step in to help,” he said.

Another resident felt “the children are now becoming a source of worry to the community.”

He was also concerned that “now these children are going about begging.”

But he expressed some sympathy for them, “they are humans, we can’t drive them away from the community but we are also concerned about the situation.”

The chief of Gbintiri, Naa Zunzungu Jababu Wajack in a Citi News interview said the recent rainfall had made their plights even more difficult.

“We gave them accommodation but now we ourselves have nothing to live on. I am appealing to government to give them and place for them to sleep. To add salt to injuries, one of the houses given to them had its roof ripped off during heavy rainfall.”

When Citi News got in touch with the National Disaster Management Organisation, it said it was aware of the situation.


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