Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese on 17th March, 2021 donated food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Isu in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia.
The donation was facilitated by the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the diocese.
The Isu community which is now resident in Ututu is a victim of constant attacks from their neighbouring community from Cross River State.
These recurrent attacks have led to the deaths of many people(including the death of the Catechist Okore of St. Mary’s Stations Isu, who was the father of Rev. Fr. Anthony Okore), with scores injured and thousands rendered homeless.
Presenting the items to the displaced persons, Bishop said the gesture was to alleviate their sufferings and give them a sense of belonging.
“We are here to empathise with our brothers and sisters who are affected by the recent ugly happenings in some communities of this locality.
“When such things happen, those affected become helpless; as such will need urgent support to cater for their immediate needs of feeding and shelter.
“So, we have come with a little token and some food items to assist them find succor, pending when they will return to their original places of abode,” he said.
Bishop Ugorji encouraged the people to always trust and believe in God, and show Him gratitude in every situation they found themselves.
The bishop, however, tasked the affected persons against revenge.
He urged them to live in peace with their neighbours for the good and development of their communities in particular and the state in general.
He called on government to strengthen the security apparatus to ensure safety of lives and property in all parts of the state.
Earlier, Rev. Fr. David Aguneri, the JDPC Coordinator in the diocese had commiserated with IDPs and urged them to be prayerful.