Nigerian Diocese Reaches Out to Hundreds of Female Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza presenting the sum of 150,000 Naira to one of the Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency. Credit: Yola Diocese

The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has reached out to 300 female victims of Boko Haram Insurgency in the country’s Adamawa State with financial support.

Speaking during the donation of 30 million Naira (US$33,430.00) to the beneficiaries of the Diocesan initiative, the Local Ordinary of Yola Diocese, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza, said that the gesture was to help them regain their source of livelihood following decades of Boko Haram insurgency.

“This initiative is meant to support women and girls who were abducted by Boko Haram and have regained their freedom; either they escaped from their captors or were freed,” Bishop Mamza said.

He added, “This initiative is also geared towards empowering these women and girls as a source of livelihood that will help them in small scale businesses to cushion the trauma and loss they must have encountered during their time in captivity of Boko Haram.”

The Nigerian Catholic Bishop also said the gesture is also aimed at engaging “these women effectively within the society so that they can help themselves and to stand out financially on their own.”


“We are going to be distributing 150,000.00 Naira (US$167.00) to every woman and girl who constitute the 300 beneficiaries,” the Catholic Church leader who has been at the helm of Yola Diocese since his Episcopal Consecration in April 2011 explained.

He continued, “It is our hope that this money will be used judiciously by the beneficiaries to better their lives and to give them another reason to live a normal life despite all that they must have gone through in the hands of these terrorists called Boko Haram.”

Also speaking during the January 19 event, one of the Beneficiaries, Justina Williams, said, “I want to thank all those who made this donation possible; this is like a relief for us since we lost everything to insurgency; this is a lifeline for us to pick up our lives and start again with a new hope.”

“We pray that God will continue to provide for our benefactors so that they can reach out to other victims of Boko Haram like us,” Justina implored.

Another Beneficiary, Betrolina Daniel, promised to use the money to improve her existing business.

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“I will reinvest it to better my business and I want to say a big thank you to all the people who brought this help to us and pray that God will continue to bless them,” Betrolina said.

Abah Anthony John is a Nigerian Journalist with great enthusiasm and interest for Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria. He has vast experience in Print,  Electronic and Multi-Media Production.