“Life for us is not easy. And for you to remember people like me, I can only say thank you. I pray that God will reward you people.” – Palmata

The 8-year-long violence in northeastern Nigeria has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed properties worth millions of dollars and displaced many.

This only adds to the malnutrition, injuries, death and poverty. People living with disabilities are the most forgotten and neglected. Palmata, a 25-year-old widow living with a disability and relying on a wheelchair, escaped one of the conflicts when her two brothers lifted her into a waiting vehicle. Tragically, her brothers were killed while they were helping her. Now, she depends on donations and support from organizations like cbm. cbm partnered with COCIN and HANDS to help 11,900 people with food and non-food items. Other interventions include:

  • health care – eye health, mental health and prevention of tropical diseases
  • health care – eye health, mental health and prevention of tropical diseases
  • water sanitation and hygiene
  • working with other agencies to include disability in their programs/projects

In 2016 cbm emergency worked in collaboration with local partners to provide aid to over 97,100 people. 12% of whom are persons with disabilities.