April 14, 2024

IDPs in BAY states lament suspension of WFP aid programme

IDPs in BAY states lament suspension of WFP aid programme

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge at some designated camps of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY states) in North East have been lamenting over the four month suspension of humanitarian aid by the World Food Programme (WFP).

The IDPs who expressed their concern on the current economic challenges, said, it has been very difficult to feed themselves and their families, as they no longer get food items from WFP.

Recall recently, some IDPs mostly women of old age protested, alleging a lack of food and hunger in their camps, in which they threaten to go back to the bush and mingle with terrorists.

Speaking to our Correspondent at Madinatu IDPs camp, Jere local government area of Borno state, some who claimed to be camp.leaders, Mallam Abba Babagana and Mohammed Isiaku called on government to immediately intervene by negotiating with WFP to resume its humanitarian activities in the state.

They claimed that in the past four months when WFP suspended its humanitarian activities, they have been suffering from lack of food items, which according to them, has posed serious economic hardship and health-related issues, as their children continue to suffer acute malnutrition.

Also speaking at the Muna garage general area of Maiduguri metropolis that hosted thousands of IDPs, Aisha Usman, and Amina Abdulkarim said: ” Since we no longer get food from WFP, our children are now malnourished due to hunger, because, even the little food items we usually receive from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) or the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) is not forthcoming. We are left with no other option than to go the extra mile to scavenge firewood for sale to our customers in the host communities.”

Our Correspondent who visited various officially designated and undesignated IDP camps, including those living in host communities of Damaturu, the Yobe state capital and Maiduguri, the Borno state capital observed that most of the IDPs have remained frustrated, as they proclaimed that, they are willing to vacate their camps, if WFP or government will no longer provide them with food and non-food items.

When our Correspondent visited WFP office in Maiduguri to make enquiry yesterday, the security operatives at the entrance/gate said, “There was a directive that no Journalist is allowed to have access to the office”.