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We Are Neglected, IDPs In Abuja Cry Out

Posted: Jul 11, 2016 at 3:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor


Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Durumi, Area 1, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, have cried out to the government, public spirited individuals and corporate bodies to assist them with the provision of food items, accommodation and health care facilities to ameliorate the untold sufferings.

The IDPs said they have been subjected to untold hardship since December 2014 when they arrived at the camp.

The displaced persons, mainly from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States fled their homes in the wake of the Boko Haram terrorists’ activities in the North East region of the country, that has resulted in the death of thousands of Nigerians and the displacing of hundreds of thousands others.

In an exclusive interview with Independent at Durumi camp at the weekend, Bala Yusuf Secretary of IDPs decried the deplorable and dehumanising conditions they have been exposed to since they fled their States.

He said that a recent census of IDPs in the Camp revealed that they are about 2,226 people.

The breakdown of the number shows that there are 275 women, 657 youths, 61 adults, 12 orphans and 46 breastfeeding babies.

Yusuf however said they lacked basic amenities in the camp and appealed to corporate bodies, philanthropists and well-meaning Nigerians to assist them to overcome their plight. He urged Nigerians “to defend the defenceless and help the helpless.”

Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Asokoro and Abuja City made a donation of food items, clothing, school bags and other gift items to the IDPs to alleviate the sufferings.

Mrs. Frances Bekey, President of Rotary Club of Asokoro, who made the donation, said it was done in the spirit of Ramadan and also part of the Club’s activities for the month of July.

The Rotary president assured that the Club would partner with relevant government authorities to ensure provision of teachers in the IDP Learning Centre built by Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) for the training of school children in the camp.

Bekey who is also the Managing Director of Future Growth Microfinance Bank Limited, also pledged that the Rotary Club of Asokoro would work assiduously to ensure that students who passed out of the Learning Centre are integrated into the conventional schools.

She further called on the government, development partners and faith-based organisations to donate generously for the upkeep of children and their mothers in the camp.