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We are afraid of returning home - IDP's

20 March 2015, 21:30

Yobe - Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled Baga, Gujba and Gulani in Yobe, said they were afraid of returning to their areas recaptured from insurgents by Nigerian troops.

The IDPs that are taking refuge in Nguru, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they were anxious to return home to resume their fishing and farming activities but that they were scared of surprise attacks by the insurgents.

Malam Ibrahim Kanawa, a leader of the IDPs community, said, "we want to go back and see what was left of our belongings but will have to wait for security clearance from the military". He said life was challenging for them, "especially for the women among us who lost their husbands; the children who lost their parents and husbands who lost their wives".

Also read: Borno elders discourage IDPs from returning

Kyari Umar said he fled along with his children from Katarko to Nguru when the village was attacked by the insurgents who killed several men and abducted many women.

The IDPs expressed fears that they may not participate in the forthcoming elections and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make alternative arrangement to enable them exercise their civic rights.

They commended the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency for distributing food and clothing to them and urged NEMA to also come to their aid.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Yakubu Jacob, a philanthropist, has donated 1000 bags of assorted grains and 1000 pieces of wrapper to the IDPs in Gashua.

Jacob told NAN that he would extend the gesture to IDPs in Nguru "to alleviate the hardships they are going facing’’.
He appealed to Individuals and organisations to augment government efforts at providing assistance to the IDPs.



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