From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Members of the Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) in Plateau State have decried the poor living conditions of over 38,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at various Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in five local government areas of the state.
The victims were forced out of their homes during the recent attacks by suspected herdsmen who killed over 200 people.
BECO, which is the umbrella body of the Berom ethnic nationality through its Vice President, Da Iliya Choji Kim, in Jos, the state capital described the condition of IDPs in the camps as “pitiable and dehumanising.”
Kim said: “We observe with dismay that facilities at the makeshift camps were grossly inadequate to provide minimum comfort for the IDPs who are made up of traumatised and agonised women, children and the aged.
“The camps lack basic facilities and services such as toilets, water, beds, medical care, food, sanitation and are poorly managed and insecure. Most of the camps are overcrowded thereby making victims of gruesome attacks vulnerable to the outbreak of diseases,” he lamented.
The Berom nation expressed worry that most children at the camps had missed their examination and do not know when to return to school. The children are seen roaming about without any form of teaching or learning activities.”
Although the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had provided some relief materials in the camps, he said they that were grossly inadequate.
Kim appealed to NEMA and SEMA to quickly provide more facilities and increase supplies to the camps.