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Group raises alarm over poor condition of women, children in IDP camps

19 October 2015, 20:45

Abuja - The Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), has raised alarm over the poor living conditions of women and children in Internally Displaced Camps around the country.

Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi, NSRP's Women and Girls Manager, made the statement on Monday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

She said there was the need for all stakeholders to step up actions at improving the lives of these vulnerable groups in the country, saying Nigeria can no longer claim ignorance.

According to her, majority of people in IDPs camps including women and girls lack access to water, sanitation, dignity, education and basic shelter among others.

She declared that if these needs were not properly addressed, Nigeria might be faced with unending humanitarian crises.

Nwadinobi stressed the need for the Federal Government to build strong partnerships with all stakeholders to enable IDPs live better lives.

Prof. Patricia Donli, Executive Director, Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre, said the centre had in July 2015 carried out an assessment on life in IDP camps in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

Also read: Tekno Visits IDP Camp

She said that violent extremism in these states had resulted in majority of the people being displaced and living in deplorable conditions.

While commending the activities of development partners, Donli said more needed to be done to enable women and children live better lives.

"The unrelenting attacks of the insurgents in these states have led to colossal loss of lives and property; abduction of women and girls; have led to their subjection to various forms of abuses.

"In the IDP camps, they face deplorable conditions such as general lack of inadequate provisions of basic needs and risk of communicable diseases such as malaria, typhoid and cholera.

"Some of them suffer from psycho-social trauma, but unfortunately, the IDPs are helpless, fearful, and lack the voice and the skill to ensure their needs are met."

She said the team visited Chibok, Bama, Konduga and Gwoza communities and realised that post-insurgency reconstruction needs were lacking.

The professor said that access to water and toilets should be improved, adding that there was also need for improvement in the quality and quantity of water supplied to the camps.

"The toilet facilities are very poor and inadequate; for this reason, many IDPs use the surrounding bushes as toilets.

"There is the need for the number of toilets to be increased; women and men need separate toilets to ensure privacy and well being of all IDPs in the camps."

Donli also urged security agencies to ensure proper monitoring of movements in and around the camps, to forestall further attacks on lives and property.

NSRP is aimed at reducing violent conflict, by providing support to stakeholders to better manage conflict and reduce poverty in the country.

It is funded by UK Department for International Development and implemented by the British Council. 




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