Msurshima Iorshie, a 2-year-old girl, is fighting for her life at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, after being shot in the vagina by Fulani herdsmen who invaded the Tiortyu village in Tarka Local Government Area of the state.
The incident, which took place on Monday, April 11, killed 15 people, including women and children, and injured dozens more with machete cuts and gunshot wounds.
Mrs. Faith Iorshie, the child’s 25-year-old mother, told Vanguard that her daughter was in the custody of her grandpa when the armed herders raided the town.
“I left Msurshima in the care of her grandfather, my husband’s father, and went to farm with my husband in a neighbouring village where we spent few days at the farm since we have a little house on the farm,” she explained.
“That night, we were warned at the farm that armed ranchers were approaching our village.” We returned only to find that they had already assaulted our community. They were claimed to be following and firing at anybody and anything they spotted.”
“My grandpa attempted to flee with my daughter and others, but he was shot and killed.” My daughter, with whom he attempted to flee, was also shot in the vagina.
“After the armed herders withdrew, one of my brothers, who was seeking for our family members, noticed her where she lay still, looking as if she was dead, but it was determined that she was still alive.” But our grandfather had already died at the time.
“We rushed her to the hospital in Wannune, the Local Government Headquarters, for treatment.” They resuscitated her, and we were promptly taken to the Teaching Hospital on the state government’s directives for better care.”
“We have never had anything to do with Fulani herders,” the distraught mother, who could not hold back her emotions, remarked. They arrived from the Guma region, where they had been assaulting and killing people. They came and shot at our people, forcing us out from our ancient homes.
“I have no idea what wrong my precious daughter committed to be shot like an animal.” We thank God she is still alive, but we have no idea what happened to her considering where she was shot. I’m pleading with folks to come and assist me since I’m at a loss for what to do about her illness.”
Meanwhile, one of the paediatric ward’s health professionals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Vanguard that the two-year-old child was responding to therapy but that she would require corrective surgery on her vagina.
“It is a marvel that the young girl is still alive,” he stated. “However, we must applaud Governor Samuel Ortom for ordering the quick evacuation of the injured to the BSUTH where they are receiving specialist care, which has helped to the survival of the critically injured victims.”