Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said chronic urban violence has contributed to high rates of homicide, sexual violence and destruction of the provision of health services in the Niger Delta region.
The humanitarian organization said violence that dominates the waterways and urban settlements has affected lives and livelihoods of millions across the Niger Delta.
Speaking yesterday at a workshop in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, Mr. David –West Egede, Dissemination Field Officer for ICRC Port Harcourt Sub-delegation said ICRC activities in Niger Delta focus on strengthening the resilience of communities affected by situation of violence.
Egede said the group also ensure the promotion of respect for humanitarian principles and support for Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS).
He said 516 communities first aiders from across 22 communities in Niger Delta states were trained on first aid, adding that lack of safe access to health care is one of the most significant but unrecognized humanitarian challenge in situation of armed violence.
He said: “Violence communal clashes have had devastating consequences ranging from displacement, loss of life and property and long –term psychosocial impacts. In the North-East, more than two million people have been displaced due to armed conflict in the area.
“ As stated in our fact and figure bulletin, 1,501 casualties were treated and /or evacuated by community first aid respondents across Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State between January and June 2016. 240 widows and women have also received grants to start small project and other assistance to improve their economic situation.”