Nigeria: Pulka IDP’s Protest Over Lack Of Food In The Camp

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By:Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri

Food insecurity has continued to bite harder, making hundreds of internally displaced persons turn into scavengers in Borno State.

The IDPs who stormed the street in protest, threatened to abandon camps. The IDPs are from Pulka, a transit camp in Gwoza local government area of Borno State.

They said it was last three months since they got food from the only NGO that had been keeping their hopes alive.

According to them the National Emergency Management Agency State Emergency Management Agency and the North East Development Commission all federal and state government channels have forgotten them after caging them in camps.

The protesters told newsmen that the last time they saw food from government was in July 2020 when the Borno State governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum visited the area which was once a caliphate of the Boko Haram militants before the Nigerian military liberated them.

According to the protesters, guinea corn which is sold for N5000 in the local market has now hit N20,000.

Some of the protesters, who vowed to leave the camps told newsmen that they are not afraid to scavenge around the Sambisa forest if they can have food to eat and feed their families as death is also in the camps.

The senator representing southern Borno in the red chamber at the National Assembly, Senator Muhammed Ali Ndume who reacted to the sad development, appealed for calm.

He, however, assured the protesters of government commitment to supporting IDPs and urged them not to do anything that would derail such supports.

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