NGOs Has Turn Us To Business Ventures – IDPs

NGOs Has Turn Us To Business Ventures – IDPs
For many who fled the attacks of Boko Haram in North-east Nigeria, life revolves around survival to get food, clothing, good water and basic amenities.
In this special report, MARIAM SANNI visited the Internal Displaced Persons Camp, Durumi in Abuja and take a look at the condition of the Internal Displaced Persons in the Camp.
Idris Ibrahim, the coordinator of  IDPs in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT has revealed how Non- Governmental Organization(NGO) has turned IDPs to a Business Ventures.
He looks very old and agile, even though he is in his middle 60s. His choice of words and grammar while speaking has shown how educated he was before the incident of Insurgency in the North-East part of the country.
Idris who is the coordinator of all IDPs camps in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with a grey bead looks very unkept but very organized with his speech.
With loads of files that shows all the records of the total numbers of IDPs in the camp, the numbers of states that exist in the camps, the total number of householders, among others.
In a low voice and tears filled eyes, he read out the necessary needs in the camp, as food items, Vehicles for carrying emergency, accommodation, empowerment and healthcare /Medical Checkup.
‘’Environmentally we are facing hazards, the truth is, the living condition, the environment itself, and the source of water are very poor. In the sense that, most times we have to patronize these truck pushers in order to have access to water.
Idris lamenting on lack of a good source of water said,’’ And for those who cannot afford to buy from these truck pushers, they source their water from the stream, which is very dangerous at this time considering the season we are in now.       For sanitation, provisions have long been made for the construction of toilets, but the projects have been abandoned, it’s been over a year since that project was started, but nothing has been done about it
‘’There are a few of them like that also that are awaiting completion. We go into the bushes to defecate and which is dangerous, not only to us but also to the host community.                    In fact, all the arrangements are very poor, and it is only through the grace of God that we are still alive. The population in this settlement is between 2600 -2700.
‘’Non-governmental organizations are our saving grace and individuals, and some of these NGOs also have a hand in our problem by using us as business ventures.
 ‘’Some of them come to give us clothes as they also come forward to give us food; some also come to reap us both at home and abroad.
Idris narrating the origin of the camp said that ‘’The camp started about 7years ago because the crisis in Maiduguri became serious in 2009 when the Boko Haram leader was killed, from that time people started filtering out to Abuja or Yola. It is a camp that has been here for quite some time. It is Gosa Bama axis because most people are from southern Borno. Essentially it is a northeastern affair.
‘’There have been calls; people have been making calls on our behalf. Yes, there are government agencies that have the mandate to care and cater for IDPs and to rehabilitate and resettle IDPs.
‘’We have always been in communication with relevant government agencies, ministries and departments, the presidency about our plight, our challenges and about the way forward because it takes two to tangle.
‘’We should be partners in the progress and process, so we have been reaching out and I want to assure you that they have been forthcoming but not as we expected. Because anything worth doing is worth doing well, the government is trying, but not enough for me to say because we have been here for long.
‘’In terms of feeding the story is unpalatable, I didn’t have lunch and dinner yesterday and I have not taken breakfast today and people have had their breakfast. Not to talk of the children here, expecting food, only to be disappointed.
‘’And then the medical challenges we have in this IDP, we have a clinic constructed by the Nigerian Army officers association (NAOWA) under the leadership of Hajiya Umarkatu Buratai which is equipped with medication, and is restocked whenever drugs run out.
‘’Then again, the area of accommodation is very poor, 90% of the actual accommodation is not worthy of human habitation.
‘’In our school angle, these classrooms were set up singlehandedly by 3 serving corps members, without any help whatsoever, with that being said, the challenges are enormous.
AljazirahNigeria gathered that the camp which was founded in 2014, with a total number of 27,000 IDPs which include, adults, orphans, children, breastfeeding people has lost about 14 people due to lack of good hygiene, foods, water and so on.
Most of the camps visited by AljazirahNigeria lacked the basic amenities needed for decent and healthy living.
The IDPs camp shelter, few were made with aluminium, which Idris described as the ‘’Seven stars’’, while most were made with cement sacks. This shelter has said to have been constructed through personal effort.
Most children and women were seen sleeping on bare floors at the risk of contracting respiratory infections.
An IDP in the camps in, who simply identified himself as Mohammed disclosed that women and especially children often come down with colds, catarrh, pneumonia and other respiratory infections.
He deplored the living conditions in the camp adding that things are getting worse daily due to the lack of basic amenities.
AljazirahNigeria also observed that some children in Durumi in Abuja were skinny and malnourished. Most of them loiter around the camp half-naked without decent clothing. Access to potable water is a challenge in the camp.
Although the IDP camp has a borehole point outside the camp, they are still grossly inadequate to meet the needs of the 27000 inhabitants of the camp.
It was also observed that the level of health care facilities in the camp is very poor. There is only a room known as the camp clinic which was built by the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association( NAOWA) with a few or no drugs with no doctor available.
Salmat Hammed, who said her son has been sick for some days, said many people in the camp especially women and children are the most affected by the low standard of primary health care.
“We don’t have drugs to use here. We are suffering. It has been a while since the good Samaritans that used to bring us drugs and other things came to us. I had to drink herbal solutions when I had malaria last month,” she said.

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