October 18, 2016

Starvation imminent in Edo Idp camp

Starvation imminent in Edo Idp camp


By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—CO-ORDINATOR of Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camp at Ohogua, near Benin, Edo State, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, has appealed to Nigerians and corporate organisations to assist in the provision of food stuff and other essential commodities to save the lives of persons in the camp.

Pastor Folorunsho, who spoke with journalists, weekend, at the camp, said that life was horrible and precarious, adding that there was an urgent need for intervention by public spirited Nigerians to save the lives of children in the camp.

Folorunsho said: “The present situation in the camp is critical, especially in the area of food. We don’t have rice, beans, garri and other essential food items. In fact, we need everything that human beings can eat. The children cannot be allowed to starve. I am appealing to the general public, the government and individuals to please come to our aid.

“Accommodation is lacking as more than a 100 people live in a small apartment that is meant for about 20. The new school session which has just begun requires the pupils and students in the camp to get school materials which they have not been able to get.”

He added that despite the hardship in the camp, about 193 students from the camp have enrolled for the GCE and NECO exams.

On relocating the IDPs to their families, he said, “Through the help of the Red Cross and security agencies, I have been able to link about 300 of them with their families, some visited, while others called.”