“The children are unkempt,” volunteers speak out against the pitiful condition of IDPs in Abuja camp

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The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons says it is to collaborate with local and international agencies to ensure adequate provision of social amenities and infrastructures at the internally displaced persons camp across the country.

The federal commissioner, Hajiya Sadia Umar Farouk made this known while donating relief materials to IDPs at Area 1 camp in Abuja.

Hajiya Umar Farouk said the intervention is an ongoing process to alleviate the plight of internally displaced persons and create empowerment programmes that will enable them become self-reliant when they eventually return to their various homes.

She stressed that the commission will collaborate with the government, NGOs, and international institutions to provide more support to the IDPs.

“We are going to partner with the government so that these children can be enrolled in government accredited schools.”

She said.

Some of the internally displaced persons at the Area 1 camp called for the provision of social amenities and basic infrastructure to enhance their condition of living.

They noted that schools at the camp lack teaching materials, and craved for a return to their different homes.

Some volunteers at the camp express worry on the high level of hardship faced by the refugees, and begged for more aid to address their challenges.

“Our classroom is too stuffy. Most times, children end up failing sick during school hours, and it’s always very tough for even we the teachers sweating it through.”

A volunteer teacher at the camp explained.

“The children are always unkempt. They have no school uniform, no shoes, and no chairs. They will be here from morning till 2pm but won’t eat a thing.”

She added.

A medical practitioner and a member of a volunteer group in the camp, Dr Hassan Haruna urged the federal government and well-meaning Nigerians to join hands towards improving the health condition of the IDPs.

He also emphasized the need to urgently reconstruct the towns and villages affected by the insurgency in the North-east for quick return of the IDPs — if the insurgents have in deed been defeated.

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Ọlaọha Ezeja is the founder of ezeja and is based in Enugu.
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