IT is still tales of agony, pain and monumental loss for victims of post-election violence in Kaduna State. The violence which claimed thousands of lives and caused the destruction of properties worth billions of naira is still having its negative impact on the victims who are either in refugee camps or hospital beds.
Several families in the metropolis who fled their homes and found solace in refugee camps have continued to relate their ugly experiences in the violence.
Over 26,000 people are presently at the refugee camps located at Artillery Barracks, Hajj camp, One Mechanized Nigerian Army Barrack, Mando and Maraba Jos.
In fact, those affected in the cross fire of the violence either have their homes razed by fire or flee from their homes for fear of further attack.
Besides, hundreds of the victims are also receiving treatment in various hospitals in Kaduna. Most of them narrated their bitter experiences which has brought perpetual fear to them on their safety in the State.
Very pathetic was the experience of one of the victims, Mr. Ilisha Zakari, a 24 year- old boy from Adamawa State currently receiving treatment at Saint Gerrald Catholic hospital, Kakuri. He narrated to The Guardian how he lost his only sister at Trikania, a suburb of Kaduna town. He said; ‘I was sleeping with my sister in the corridor of house on the unfortunate Monday night when suddenly we heard gunshots close to our compound. My only sister suddenly woke up without knowing what was going on. I called her to come back, but being confused on what the problem was really, she unluckily ran into the hands of the rioter with guns and cutlasses at the back of our compound and they slaughtered her like goat….
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