About 3,300 Muslims have fled the conflict-riddled town of Hohoe in the southern part of the Volta region to neighbouring Jaasikan in the North of the Volta.
Jasikan District Chief Executive Nana Barima Kumasi Bonsi The Second told XYZ News the influx of the internally displaced Muslims could have a telling social and economic impact on the area.
He said most of the displaced people are putting up with friends and family and surviving on pure benevolence.
“The record that is available to me now, within the whole District [is that], we have gone beyond 3,300 people who have been displaced and they are scattered across the district but majority of them, over 2000 are in Jaasikan alone.”
He said they are working with the authorities and NADMO to provide them with relief items.
He however indicated that the situation has social implications for the District. “This situation cannot last for long because it will definitely work against he local economy.”
The Muslims fled the area following clashes with the indigenes after an Imam’s body was exhumed from a prohibited cemetery. At least four people died from the clashes.
The Paramount Chief of Hohoe, Togbega Gabusu was forced to flee the area as well following the torching of his Palace and cars. The Hohoe traditional leaders gave the Muslim up to today to return all regalia they looted from the Palace or face the consequences.
The Muslim leaders have pleaded for more time in doing so. One of the Muslim leaders Alhaji Kadri told XYZ News his colleagues are fleeing the area in droves because they fear they could be attacked by the indigenes over the regalia.
He expressed worry over the situation and promised to continue working with the leadership of the community to find a lasting solution to the crisis.
Listen to the DCE of Jaasikan in the attached audio.