By Abdullah Tijani
Thousands of displaced people in Katsina State have three things in common: they are defeated, scattered and helpless. Some of them turned beggars, and those who swore against begging are slowly starving to death.
Sometime in March 2022, about a hundred of them loitering in Katsina’s government restricted area (GRA) fought over food and naira notes a compassionate pedestrian gave them, according to Murtala Muhammad, an eyewitness and resident of Katsina. The strong marched the weak while struggling to overshadow co-beggars. When the stampede ended, four of them had already suffocated to death and some severely injured were saved by a nearby hospital.
“Those who lived returned the following day because they had nowhere else to turn to,” revealed Muhammad.
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This story was supported by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) through funding support from the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) under the Voices for Change Fellowship.