Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Photo: IDPs protest against starvation in Maiduguri, say they are tired of burying their children

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Arabic College camp, yesterday, September 6th, took to Maiduguri-Jos Road to protest against starvation.
The protesters, said to be around 6,500 in number came out of the camp and blocked the highway as they complained that they were tired of burying their children due to lack of food in the camp.
According to Daily Trust, it took the intervention of Borno state Deputy Governor Usman Durkwa, soldier and armed policemen, who persuaded and pleaded before normalcy was restored.
Some of the aggrieved persons complained that one cup of rice is being given to the IDPs per day. 62-year-old Mustapha Bulun, a resident of Marte, narrated his ordeal in the camp saying,
"I have buried two children here in this camp, it all started two months ago after Ramadan fasting, they were given us a cup of rice or maize per day and for a family. How could a cup of rice satisfy a family?"
Speaking to newsmen later, Durkwa, who directed the dissolution of the kitchen committee at the camp, said government has already moved trucks of food to the camp to kick off household feeding.
Source: Daily Trust

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