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Over 45,000 IDPs Found Sleep Outside Borno Camp, UN Raises Alarm

ional Emergency Management Agency  in Maiduguri on Thursday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, called for improvement in the services  provided  for  internally displaced  people  in the  region.

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The United Nations has lamented  the living conditions of  the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the  North-East.

The world body expressed shock that 30,110 IDPs in Damboa and Bama, Borno State, were being  forced to sleep  outside because of heavily congested camps.

However, the National Emergency Management Agency said  a total of 45,000 people  had been sleeping in the open in various camps in the state.

Speaking at the Humanitarian Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the National Emergency Management Agency  in Maiduguri on Thursday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, called for improvement in the services  provided  for  internally displaced  people  in the  region.

He said, “We need to have a better understanding of the gap in the services we are providing for the displaced persons in the camps, it seems we don’t have a better understanding of the gaps.

“We also need to provide services based on international best practices. We are not meeting the best standard, it requires we must work together to provide better services.”

Kallon  added, “One thing that is very clear whatever we have done and what we are doing currently is way below international standard.”

He asked the meeting to as a matter of urgency brainstorm on how to relocate 89,000 IDPs, saying more than 28 hectares of land was  needed for that.

The UN chief  said he  saw  20,110 IDPs  sleeping outside  because they had no  shelters in Bama.

Kallon  added,  “When I was in Bama,  I was shocked with what I saw. Damboa shows another ugly face with over 10,000 without shelters.

“Camps are overcongested, we are under so much pressure to improve on what we are doing, we should not be too proud that we have done extremely well, there is still a lot  to be done. And I call on NEMA and SEMA that is the area we need to work with the international community to bridge the gap, I am seriously worried about the efficiency and effectiveness of what we are doing to address displacement in North-East, we should do better and we must do better.”

The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha  Maihajja, who was represented by the  Director of Planning and Strategy, Mr Kayode Fagbemi, lamented the challenges resulting from the arrival of  more IDPs from some communities attacked by Boko Haram  in Borno.

He said, “The North-East Zonal Coordinator just told us that about 45,000 (IDPs) are without shelters, and this is  because of new arrivals, we are here to plan how to address these challenges as well as to provide non-food and food items that will bring succour to the people.”

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