Living conditions in the Internally Displaced Camp (IDP) in Adamawa State for many is wrought with so many challenges, from inadequate food rations to poor sanitation facilities. The insurgency in the North- East has taken a toll on the socio-economic activities of the people in the area. Many people have fled their homes for fear of their safety because of the series of attacks suffered in the hands of Boko Haram. Their villages have been pillaged and countless number of women raped. About 13,000 lives have been lost to the insurgency including women and children who have been the most vulnerable group.
However, the Nigerian military seems to be winning the war against the terrorist sect. For many years, the terrorist group has terrorized the people of the North East, but the Army have reduced their capacity to wreck havoc and curtailed their sinister attacks.
Victims of the terrorist attacks have been taken to the IDP camp for safety from Boko Haram. Villages, such as Madagali, Gulak, Chibok, Gworza etc have been seriously affected by the dastard acts of Boko Haram. It reminds one of the popular Chibok girls story where over 200 school girls were kidnapped by the group, though some of them were recently released by Boko Haram in exchange for some of their fighters by the government.
The situation has left behind socio-economic and psychological impacts on the inhabitants of the area because of inadequate supply of food and medical support services by Government and aid agencies in the IDP camp leaving many children to suffer hunger, malnutrition and depression. There has been several reports of hunger related deaths coming from the camp as a result of the shortage of food. Many of the inhabitants have been forced to go to other areas, such as Jimeta in Yola the State capital of Adamawa State in search of food.
The IDP’s are faced with shortages in food, water, health and sanitation services. There is need for more socio-economic support for the IDP population. Continue reading