IDP CAMP: FOOD AND DRUG DISAPPEARANCE

Thousands of People in IDP camps in Maiduguri took to the streets of the city to protest the non-supply of food and drugs to the people in the camps. According to the witness, over 4000 men, women, and children from the Guibo Camp caused an obstruction on the highway as they protested in the northeastern city.

The camp officials were accused of taking the food and drug supply to the camps for their own use. Most of the internally displaced people confirmed that they always see the trucks bringing the food and drugs leaving the camp in the exact way they were brought.

“We don’t get the food and medical supplies meant for the camp because they are usually diverted by the camp officials,” Sani Abubakar, one of the protesters, told AFP.

“We see food consignments brought to the camp being driven away in the same trucks that bring them and we don’t know where they take them,” said 46-year-old Sani, surrounded by a hoard of protesters who nodded in agreement.

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“We don’t know where they take the food and medicines given to the camp. The suffering is too much,” said Buba, a 40-year-old mother of six. 

There was an attempt by the law enforcement agency to halt the protest, all to no avail.

The protesters have also refused to leave the protest site except the governor comes to address the issue.

The head of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Yabawa Kolo, said that the camp is funded by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).

“We will call an emergency meeting with WFP to identify the problems and ways to solve them,” she told reporters at her office in response to the protest. 

The issue of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeastern part of Nigeria is no longer news to lots of Nigerians. The government through the military and all it’s security channels have been on their toes trying to combat this issue.

However, the problem faced at the IDP camps cannot be said to be a fault of the government directly. If these food and drugs are supplied by the international organization involved but they do not get to the grassroots, isn’t that simply extreme inhumanity by Nigerians to Nigerians?

Funding problems have forced aid agencies to scale back their operations, compounding the dire humanitarian situation in the region where over five million people are estimated to be under threat of hunger and possible famine.

The dire food situation forced thousands of displaced to return to their homes to farm, only to come under increasing attacks from Boko Haram fighters who kill and abduct them and accuse them of passing the information on to the military and militia. 

The Army is constantly claiming of averting attacks of the Boko Haram Jihadist despite the increasing number of deaths, injuries, and displacement. On the other hand, the IDP camp operatives should be held responsible and accountable for the wellbeing of the people in the camps and the usage and distribution of food and drugs supplied to these camps.

SOURCE: VANGUARD NEWS

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