A Non Governmental Organizations (NGO), the Humanitarian Aid Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria has distributed Food items to Muslim women living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Kaduna State to help them participate fully in the 30 days fasting and prayers in the holy month of Ramadan
According to the founder of the NGO, Pastor Yohanna Buru, this is to strengthen them to devote much time in prayers for peace stability in the country while calling on them to pray to almighty God to bring an end to Banditry, kidnapping, Cattle rustling and terrorist attacks.
Buru said COVID- 19 pandemic, economic recession and insecurity challenges have caused a serious rise of foodstuff in the country, hence the need to support those women with grains of foodstuff during Ramadan.
He explained that his NGO and the church distributed plenty of bags of food grains in this year Ramadan to boost the relationship between Christians and Muslims in the country
Buru made the statement when he leads an entourage of some Humanitarian NGOs to meet with some of the leaders of Alumna foundation at Rigasa-community at Igabi local government Kaduna state
Among the NGOs that accompanied him are: Like Minds and Niggers Rehabilitation Centre at Rigasa, in Kaduna.
Pastor Buru said the donation becomes mandatory in view of the hardship most of the people living with HIV/Aids are facing in the country.
“The donation is to enable them have food to eat and,also to support them toward praying for one nation, because we are all created by One God, and we all believe in One God,”
He, therefore, called on wealthy Muslims, corporate organization, and other top Islamic organization to be helping those women which are Hiv/aid patients
Adding that majority of the women living with HIV/Aid has children that were also affected with the Diseases, and most of them duly need support from every Nigerians for them live long like any other child in the country
It could be recalled that since the beginning of this year Ramadan 2021, the Christian cleric and his team commences grains distribution which is aimed at supporting the poor Muslims who are the street beggars and widows with some that are residing at the IDPs
Responding Hajiya Aisha Usman, The leader of Muslim women living with HIV/Aids in Kaduna said, this year Ramadan is really tough for Muslim women with Aid in view of the lack of foodstuff to eat at home
She noted that they were very happy when they had that pastor yohanna buru is coming to share food with Muslim women living with Aids
The leaders of the women living with Aids says one of the greatest challenges they face during Ramadan is lack of food to eat, because Government usually give them free drugs, but lack of food is their major problems
Adding that since the beginning of Ramadan, there is no organization that remembered their existence only pastor yohanna buru
According to her, most of the HIV/Aids Muslim women are widows, while the children are orphans, and are living in a rented house.
Stressing, that Most of their children are malnourished due to lack of proper good food to eat at home.
Aisha said stigma is still a problem in society, as they cannot express their freedom like every other citizen in the country
“People reject buying any products or anything of good from them ,once they found that its was produced by a person living with Aid”
“Even in rented house, people stigmatise them not to talk of places of worship”
“We face stigma in our daily lives every day in Nigeria despite the awareness by NGO/CSO on dangers related to violation of any human being the freedom given to him/her by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Aisha called on all Islamic organization which include Fomwan, Nasfat, women in Da’awah and Jamaatu Nurul Islam JNI national to always remember them.
She then appealed to the Federal Government of Nigeria to assist HIV/AIDS patient with Food in order to reduce their hardship.
Source: Voice of Nigeria