This Lent Christian Aid is reflecting on the journey Jesus took through the wilderness; praying, fasting and preparing over 40 days. During this period of reflection, we are encouraging churches to join with us in remembering the 40 million people who are displaced across the world.
People who have been forced from their homes by drought and conflict, are often overlooked and ignored. People like Ibrahim, and those who lived in his village in north-eastern Nigeria when Boko Haram took over, forcing the men from the village to join them, and families to flee to safer areas.
Terrified of being killed, Ibrahim, his wife Nana and their family of 3 young children had to flee from their home.
Forced to walk to reach safety, they had nowhere to sleep but out in the open – where they were vulnerable to further attacks and struggling to survive.
After three days, the family arrived in a camp for displaced people in an area called Dikwa. Ibrahim and his family arrived with nothing, as they left their belongings and livelihood behind when they fled from the violence.
At home, Ibrahim was a farmer, but now that they are living in the camp he has had no access to land, and his animals have either been stolen, died, or run away.
In order to survive Ibrahim is now gathering and selling firewood, but this simply is not enough to sustain the needs of his family.
Christian Aid is responding to the needs of displaced people like Ibrahim and his family by providing life-saving food within the camp.
This Easter we are asking churches to join us as we pray for families like Ibrahim’s who are forced into the wilderness in the hope of finding safety, and for Christian Aid staff and partners as they continue providing life-saving support to families and vulnerable people in Nigeria.
Christian Aid believes in life before death.