Pregnant woman bravely welcomes her baby in the open during the crossfire in a Plateau community

Pregnant woman bravely welcomes her baby in the open during the crossfire in a Plateau community

A Tragic Tale Unfolds Amidst Unrest in Plateau Community

A woman known as Zainab found herself giving birth in the open streets of Mangu town, Plateau State, as violence and destruction persisted despite a 24-hour curfew.

Zainab, heavily pregnant when the unrest began, shared the harrowing experience of being frightened by gunfire and witnessing people being killed.

In the midst of this chaos, she unexpectedly went into labor, with her baby slipping out while she stood in the open, unsure of what to do.

A Desperate Delivery: No Aid, No Facilities

Zainab recounted the challenges of delivering her baby without any medical assistance, sterilized equipment, or a conducive atmosphere.

The absence of nearby hospitals and the prevailing curfew added to the difficulty.

A compassionate neighbor stepped in to help, as others fled the scene.

Zainab expressed the ongoing struggles, stating the inability to take the newborn to a hospital due to the curfew and her own physical discomfort.

She also revealed the distressing uncertainty about the whereabouts of her other children and husband.

Shafa’atu’s Act of Kindness Amidst Chaos

Shafa’atu, the brave neighbor who assisted in the delivery, shared her perspective on the chaotic situation.

In the midst of fleeing with five orphans under her care, she noticed Zainab in distress on the streets and decided to help.

Shafa’atu, like Zainab, remained uncertain about the safety and whereabouts of her own husband and one of the orphans she cared for.

Discovering Tragedy: Maryam’s Heartbreaking Revelation

Another woman, Maryam, faced the grim reality of discovering her husband’s decapitated body.

Despite being sick for the past four months, Maryam couldn’t escape the violence and had to flee to a seemingly safe place.

However, she later learned that her house, shop, and belongings were burnt during the attacks.

Desperate to find her husband, Maryam’s attempts to contact him were met with unanswered calls and eventually a switched-off phone.

Her children, too, were searching for their missing father.

The tragic confirmation came when they met a woman who revealed the heartbreaking fate of Maryam’s husband, detailing the discovery of his decapitated and burnt body.

A Community in Search of Loved Ones

Husseina Salihu Maisaje, Maryam’s sister-in-law, corroborated the tragic account and highlighted that many women who survived the attacks were now desperately searching for their missing children.

The prevailing uncertainty and loss within the community underscore the profound impact of the ongoing unrest in Plateau State.

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