Abuja - Hundreds of locals are reportedly trapped on mountain tops and surrounding bushes as they flee terror the Boko Haram sect is perpetrating in Adamawa State.
"It has come to our notice that hundreds of Nigerians who flee the ongoing war between Boko Haram and Nigerian troops are still trapped on mountain tops and surrounding bushes for many days without food, drinking water, shelter or any means of livelihood," Social Movement for Change National Coordinator, Usama Dandare, said in a statement.
"Residents from the villages of Michika, Gulak, Fintiri, Mubi and some other towns of Adamawa state where there's an intense gun battle going on are forced to fled into bushes and nearby mountains as gunfire rang out in the towns."
The group called for urgent humanitarian aid to displaced communities.
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"There is an urgent need of humanitarian aid to hundreds of people including children and elderly women, they are in a serious critical situation and are in need of humanitarian assistance as many of them are without food or water and have to feeds on grasses and unripe corn to survive," said Dandare.
The organisation also called on the international community and the Federal Government to establish refugee camps for the victims.
"It is on this note that Social Movement for Change is calling on the Federal Government of Nigeria to establish refugee camps for these poor citizens and provide them with some basic needs of survival. We also call on the international communities, wealthy individuals, humanitarian and donor agencies to quickly intervene and come to the rescue of these innocent poor individuals, and save lives," the statement by Dandare read.
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Social Movement for Change condemned the activities of Boko Haram sect, and the "less care attitudes" exhibited by Nigerian authorities towards the fight against terrorism.
"We also wish to reaffirm our commitments to fight for justice, peace and freedom of all Nigerians at all cost. We urge all well-meaning citizens to remain calm and cooperate with security agencies to maintain peace and harmony in the nation."
Adamawa, alongside Borno and Yobe States, have borne the biggest brunt of the Boko Haram crisis that has claimed thousands of lives in recent years.
- CAJ News