According to Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), at the end of 2013, 33.3 million people were displaced by conflict and violence. The IDMC said there were 1, 538, 982 IDPs in Nigeria as of April 2015.
Over 1.5 million of Nigeria’s displaced persons are housed in overcrowded camps across the disturbed northern regions.
Some philanthropic Nigerians and NGOs like Body Enhancement Foundation, and international agencies, have stepped up to help. In New Kuchingoro, a village hosting about 5 million IDPs in Nasarawa, a couple is said to be contributing over N480, 000 monthly to keep 300 hundred children of displaced persons in school.
The emergence of the dreaded terrorist group in Nigeria known as Boko Haram has brought indescribable pain, sorrow, loss of lives and properties to the country and particularly to the states, local governments, communities and families of the northern people of Nigeria.
As a result, many have fled their homes and are wandering in neighbouring countries while a larger number of the victims are scattered in Nigeria. Some can be seen on the street of major cities in the country and some have ‘settled’ in over 100 Camps known as the Internally Displaced Persons Camps.
Some of these IDP Camps are school facilities, empty government buildings or tents that were set up by the affected state government, some by the federal government, some by concerned organizations (locally/ internationally) and others by the victims themselves.
Needless to say, these camps are largely populated by women and children who are in dire need of shelter, beddings, clothing, education, parents, better welfare and a promising future.Page
This blog is set up to provide information on the plight of victims of Boko Haram insurgence particularly those that are in IDP Camps. It will serve as a voice that talks about the daily experience that these fellow Nigerians had been subjected to. Also, it will highlight what the Nigerian government has done and is doing in other to assuage the suffering of IDPs. I will also use this medium to celebrate the efforts of different humanitarian organizations both locally and internationally and individuals that have been working tirelessly to assuage the predicament of IDPs. An important aspect of this blog is to crowd source humanitarian support for IDPs and create advocacy for them.
The negative after effect of each attack by the deadly terrorist group known as Boko Haram can also be seen on the number of IDP Camps that is being built by Nigeria government and sometimes the victims themselves.
Usually, these camps are populated by a large number of women and children who are in dare need of shelter, beddings, clothing, education, parents, better welfare and a promising future.
A sizeable number of organisations both locally and internationally are throwing their weight in these camps for several reasons. Nigeria government under the leadership of president Buhari is on top of the situation but a larger number of individuals and private companies in Nigeria are playing the blind game to the plight of these unfortunate Nigerians that are faced with a very harsh situation that is not necessarily a fault of theirs.
Also, the relatively fortunate victims that are in different camps across the country are crying out because they are being treated as prisoners. The Bring Back Our Girls campaign has become very popular in Nigeria and around the world. The mass support this campaign has mobilized is amazing and encouraging not only for the immediate victims and their families but also to Nigerians in diasporas.
However, there is a need for all hands to be on deck not only to bring back the missing Chibok girls but to give hope and succour to those that are not necessarily in the terrorist camp. Those we see on our street every day, those young men and women that are traumatised and wandering around, those that are without education/ voice to cry out for themselves and their families.
Guys, how are we contributing to making life bearable for these victims? Can you just take one off the street? Can you provide a meal for just one or more? Can you assist one to afford a decent education? Can you be a voice for the voiceless? Can you pray for them?
We must commend the active role that the present administration is playing to assuage the hardship of IDPs. Vice president Osinbajo says “The president is committed to assisting the IDPs whose sources of income have been cut off by the terrorists, to start a new life,” . He said government will not shy away from its responsibility despite scarce resources at its disposal.
126 Babies Are Delivered at IDPs Camps Daily in Borno state.
According to Alhaji Grema Terab, the executive chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Borno State government is seeking both local and international support to enable it cater adequately for persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the state. This is because each of the 21 internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp records about six child births daily. This makes a total of 126 babies daily from the 21 camps.