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Taraba refugees suffer as refugee centre closes

02 May 2014, 15:32

Taraba - More than 3 000 refugees have been left stranded after the closure of refugee camp housing people displaced by the insistent attacks on communities in Taraba State.

Government has closed the centre, located in Central Primary schools Mutum-Biyu, Gassol local government area, following an outbreak of disease.

The camp’s secretary, Abdulkarim Salleh, confirmed the closure.

“It is not our intention to come and be in a camp like this, but were are compelled by the situation we found ourselves in during the crises but they will give us rice, without anything to cook with, in some cases we had to sale some of the food stuff to buy ingredients, so we the champ authorities have asked everybody here to look for a supportive relation and leave,” Sallleh said.

The secretary said common diseases like malaria and diarrhoea were the major problems that confronted the refugees.

He said about 1 000 refugees had been hospitalized at the cottage hospital in Mutum Biyu.

According to him the hospital do not have the capacity to accommodate all the patients leading to deaths of some patients.

Mohammed Suleiman, a refugee from Gindi Dorowa in Wukari local government area, said a small fraction of the relief material  were distributed to a few refugees while the rest was kept by the staff of the local government.

 However, the Chairman of Gassol Local Government Area Tukura Bashir said the distribution of the relief materials was done by the State Emergency Management Agency and should take full responsibility.

– CAJ News

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