Msurshima Iorshie, a two-year-old girl, was shot in the vagina by Fulani herdsmen hunting the Tiortyu people in Benue’s Tarka Local Government Area.
Msurshima Iorshie, who is currently battling for her life at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, was shot during the event on Monday, April 11, which claimed the lives of 15 persons, including women and children, and left a few more with blade cuts and shot injuries.
Mrs. Faith Iorshie, the child’s 25-year-old mother, told Vanguard that her daughter was being cared for by her grandfather when the equipped herders assaulted the area.
“I left Msurshima in the care of her grandfather, my husband’s father, and traveled to a neighboring hamlet to farm with my husband, where we spent a few days because we have a modest residence on the farm,” she explained.
“That night, we were informed at the farm that armed ranchers were approaching our village. We returned only to find that our community had already been assaulted. They were rumored to be pursuing and shooting at whomever they came across.”
“My grandfather tried to flee with my daughter and others, but he was shot and killed.” My daughter, who he attempted to flee with, was also shot in the vaginal area.
“After the armed herders withdrew, one of my brothers went in search of our family members and came upon her, who lay still and appeared to be dead, but she was still alive.” Our grandfather, though, was already deceased at the time.
“We rushed her to a hospital in Wannune, the seat of the local government, for treatment.” They resuscitated her, and we were taken to the Teaching Hospital on the state government’s orders for better treatment.”
“We have never had anything to do with Fulani herdsmen,” the distraught mother remarked, tears streaming down her face. They arrived from the Guma area, where they attacked and killed people. They shot our people and chased us out of our ancestral homes.
“I have no idea what sin my precious daughter committed to warrant her being shot like an animal.” We thank God that she is still alive, but given where she was shot, we have no idea what will happen to her. I’m pleading with folks to come and aid me since I’m at a loss for what to do about her situation.”
Meanwhile, a member of the paediatric ward staff who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Vanguard that the two-year-old child was responding to treatment, but that she would need vaginal corrective surgery.
“While the small girl’s survival is a miracle, we must applaud Governor Samuel Ortom for ordering the immediate evacuation of the injured to the BSUTH, where they are receiving specialist care, which has contributed to the survival of the badly injured victims,” he stated.