Borno IDPs cry for help 

Rahila Lassa, Maiduguri  

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Some Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in Maiduguri host community are calling for assistance from government at all levels to address their plight.

The IDPs are among thousands of persons displaced by resurging Boko Haram attacks on fishing and farming communities in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The displaced persons including women and children fled their homes in December, due to the raging conflict in Kukawa and took refuge at various locations in the Maiduguri metropolis.

They are calling for critical life-saving assistance in form of food,  shelter,  nutrition, water, sanitation, health services and livelihood support.

About eighty per cent of the 770 persons, who took refuge in one of the temporary settlement, sleep in the open and lack food to eat.

Narrating their ordeal to Voice of Nigeria’s Rahila Lassa, a cross section of the displaced persons, said interventions from government and other humanitarian organizations are often times not enough to go round.

They, however, disclosed that a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Action Against Hunger had distributed non-food items such as soap and kettle to them.

One of the displaced persons, Ibrahim Mohammed said they would want the Nigerian government to do more for them.

“Truly, government has not recognised our presence here. The compound housing our women and children belongs to the member House of Representatives, representing Kukawa, Abadam and Mobbar Federal constituency, Mr Bukar Gana Kareto, who donated it to be used as a transit camp.

“We were here four years ago after the first attack. We left and returned to our villages, but we were forced to come back three months ago.

“We sleep outside in the open due to lack of rooms to accommodate us,” he lamented.

Mr Mohammed also said that despite several pleas to their local government authorities to assuage some of their sufferings, they were yet to get favourable attention from the authorities.

Another internally displaced person, Fati Abdullahi, a mother of four children, said she has been exposed to pathetic and unbearable life conditions since she fled her home in December last year.

Fati, who was separated from her husband due to the conflict, said she also adopted six other children orphaned by the insurgency and it has not been easy catering for all the children in her care. She says she now does menial jobs along with her daughters to make ends meet, while her other children go on the street to beg for alms.

” I hope that the government will speedily come to our rescue so that my children can go back to school “ she added.

 

Lawiya Samaiya had her baby 2 months ago

 

Lawiya Samaila gave birth to her baby about 2 months ago. Speaking in Hausa, Lawila said even after attending all her ante-natal appointments, she was asked to go back home on the day she was to deliver her baby. Lawila said she was not aware that she was due for delivery and had to get help from traditional birth attendants at her IDP camp.

Alhaji Muhammed Imam is above 80 years old.

An octogenarian, Alhaji Muhammad Imam called on the government to adopt proactive measures to crush the Boko Haram insurgents, restore peace and provide them with livelihood support to enable them return home.

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