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Borno scholarship for Boko Haram orphans

18 July 2013, 07:25

Abuja -The Borno State government has come to the rescue of orphans whose parents have been killed by Boko Haram insurgents in recent weeks.

The government announced an all-round educational scholarship for 50 such children in different parts of the state.

Governor Kashim Shettima confirmed the scholarship when he hosted some orphans for the breaking of the Ramadan fast at the Government House in Maiduguri.

"I will do everything within my powers as Governor of the State to ensure that they are comfortable and that they do not encounter problems in their education," he said.

Shettima said the scholarship would cater for orphans from both Muslim and Christian households.

Shettima called on government officials, residents and charity organizations to help the orphans.

The Governor was moved to tears when a young girl recounted how her parents were butchered by members of the sect in her presence while they were praying in their residence in Budum area of Maiduguri.

Another orphan told the Governor that he had previously given up on life but thanked the Governor for reviving his hopes.

Shettima presented each orphan with assorted textile, foodstuff and cash ahead of an upcoming Muslim holiday.

- CAJ News


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