Lagos - The International Red Cross City (ICRC)
and the Nigerian Red Cross Society said they had completed the distribution of
food and household essentials to over 50 000 people displaced by terror in the
The victims were said to be in "extremely difficult" conditions.
“Not only did people have to flee their homes in Kodunga, Kaga, Gwoza and
Damboa, they also lost all their belongings and their means of earning a
living. They didn’t have enough food and they lacked important basic items,”
said Karl Mattli, head of the ICRC delegation in Nigeria.
“The additional strain placed on communities by hosting the displaced reached
the point where it was more than they could bear.”
After carrying out an assessment of the situation, the ICRC and the Nigerian
Red Cross launched an emergency operation to meet urgent needs. ICRC staff and
more than a hundred Nigerian Red Cross volunteers distributed 960 metric tonnes
of food and other relief items to 51 000 people.
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It is reported that most displaced people who arrived in Maiduguri, the Borno
State capital, in the past few months were settled in government buildings,
schools or official camps.
Some stayed with relatives or host families, with whom they shared scant
resources, while others found refuge in informal settlements.
Whatever their living arrangements, the displaced cannot afford to buy their
own food and therefore have had to depend on aid provided by the State or on
the generosity of others to survive.
“In the short term, the aid we have just distributed will improve
significantly the well-being of the displaced,” said Janet Angelei, an ICRC
economic-security specialist working in Nigeria.
“The kitchen sets, blankets, soap, mats, hygiene items and tarpaulins we have
provided will meet some of their immediate needs and reduce the burden on the
hosting families,” she said.
The ICRC said it also distributed about a month’s supply of rice, beans, oil
Thousands of lives have been lost in the north-east as a result of terror the
vicious Boko Haram sect is perpetrating.
- CAJ News