By Chioma Obinna
In response to Plateau Stateâ€™s request for humanitarian support, the United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund, UNICEF, has donated two truckloads of relief items for victims of Jos crisis, weekend, even as it promised to deliver more supplies in the coming days.
According to UNICEFâ€™s partners, there are 42,430 people, many of whom are children and women, hosted in 30 camps in the area.
The items UNICEF sent for the camp-dwellers, in response to needs expressed by the Plateau State Government, included medical kits for the treatment of the injured, tents, mosquito nets, bedding, toiletries, water purification kits and water containers. The govern-ment officials and NGOs at the various camps will distribute the supplies.
UNICEF stated that it was in regular contact with the Plateau State Government through SEMA and the UNICEF-Assisted Programmes Coordinator, The Nigerian Red Cross Society, USAID and media partners, to monitor the situation and plan a cooperative response.
It could be recalled that last week, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Kim Moon, had in a statement urged all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and to seek peaceful solutions to religious and other differences in the country.