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Group Calls For Urgent Attention To Rescue Refugees In Yobe IDPs Camp


By Niyi Adeyi

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says it is constrained to raise the alarm on the frightening situation in Kuka Reta Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, some kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, owing to dangers inherent in the exposure of IDPs to such inhuman conditions.

MURIC lamented that apart from hunger, starvation, malnutrition and the likelihood of deaths, diseases such as cholera and diarrhea were likely to spread within the camp.

The group in a statement it issued by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said it was confounded by the enormity of the danger and hardship to which IDPs in Kuka Reta camp were exposed.

Consequently, it condemned what it described as “culpable negligence on the part of the authorities”, thereby calling on the Yobe State Government, the state’s arm of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) and all aids groups in the state to address the issue with military dispatch.

“In addition, we appeal to international donors and the world community at large to come to the aid of the traumatized people of North East Nigeria as it now appears the Nigerian government alone cannot bring succour to the more than 1.5 million people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency” added MURIC.

The reiterated the need for the Federal Government (FG) to establish the North East Development Commission (NEDEC) to cushion the effects of economic degradation of the region after four years of brutal attacks, deliberate destruction of infrastructure and the attendant cessation of socio-economic life.

About 3,000 IDPs the organization indicated are currently lodged in the Kuka Reta camp.

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