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NEMA to the rescue of displaced Nigerians

07 June 2013, 09:08

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has come to the rescue of Nigerians that have fled the political problems in their country and sought refuge in neighbouring Niger.

The agency provided food and medicine among other essentials.

NEMA's Press and Public Relations Officer, Manzo Ezekiel, said the organisation had responded to the humanitarian needs of displaced Nigerians and was attempting to alleviate their conditions.

He said the basic needs of the refugees were identified by a special assessment carried out by a team of the agency that was dispatched to Niger to ascertain the conditions of Nigerians that had crossed the border into Niger.

The assessment was carried out along with officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Niamey, Niger authorities and resident representatives of the United Nations, United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Red Cross.

Ezekiel noted that the relief intervention will ease the pressure refugees brought to local resources.

NEMA recently reported about 130 Nigerians fled to Niger due to the military operation against Boko Haram insurgents.

The food assistance and medicine follows the African Union (AU)'s concerns to the conflict that has seen more than 30 000 foreign nationals in neighbouring countries being deported with thousands other locals being displaced while more than 500 people were killed.

- CAJ News



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