Patience Bitrus, who lost her husband, her home and her business when her village in central Nigeria was attacked by Islamist militants, has thanked Christian Solidarity International (CSI) for helping her rebuild her life.
With funds from CSI, Patience, a professional tailor, was able to open a sewing business a year after the attack that left her homeless and a single parent of three children.
“I write on behalf of my family to express my sincere gratitude to you”, she said in a letter to CSI’s partner, the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan.
Dozens of people died, hundreds were injured and thousands displaced when Islamist Fulani herdsmen invaded ten villages in southern Kaduna State in July and August 2020. CSI responded to an urgent appeal from the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan for help in providing food and shelter to the victims.
Shot in the stomach
Among the villages targeted was Kigudu, where Patience lived with her family. On July 9, the attackers arrived, firing guns and setting fire to homes. Patience was shot in the stomach and had to undergo surgery to remove the bullet. Her three children survived the attack but sadly her husband was killed.
In addition, the family’s house was burnt down and Patience lost her sewing machine, materials and the clothes she had been making for customers. She had no money to replace them, and things looked bleak.
Happily, CSI was able to help Patience to set up in business again earlier this year. With the funds she received she was able to take out a two-year lease on a shop, and acquire a new sewing machine and materials.
“This has brought a smile to our faces, as my family and I are back on our feet. May God bless you”, said Patience.