Organisation provides humanitarian support to 251, 513 IDPs in northeast

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Christian Aid (CAID), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), says it has provided humanitarian intervention to 251, 513 persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.

Amanda Mukwashi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organisation, told newsmen on Wednesday in Maiduguri, that the organisation was providing humanitarian services in the region since 2015.

Mukwashi disclosed that the interventions were designed to address malnutrition, shelter, education, hygiene and food needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in 14 Local Government areas of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

She said that she was on an assessment visit to IDPs camps in Borno, to appraise the achievements of the interventions with a view to fashion out strategies for sustainable longer term plans in areas of shelter and education.

The CAID’s boss lamented that many children in the IDPs camps were out of school due to lack of adequate learning spaces and teachers.

“We need to educate the young children to save ourselves from problems in future, CAID is ready to work with the government and other partners to educate and ensure brighter future of the children.

“Our humanitarian response programme aims at improving the conditions of persons affected by conflict or disaster by providing life saving interventions, to ensure quality of lives in the long term, while building resilience, livelihoods and peaceful communities in Nigeria,” she said.

Mukwashi noted that such collaboration was imperative to enhance interventions in areas of infrastructure, education, recovery and livelihood support to persons affected by the insurgency.

Quoting from statistics, she said the organisation had so far reached 251, 513 displaced persons with interventions in the region in the past four years.

Some of the projects included distribution of 22, 048. 78 metric tons of food items; construction of 25 water hand pumps, 13 boreholes and 155 latrines.

Other interventions include the distribution of hygiene kits to 1, 889 women while 9, 664 persons were reached under hygiene sensitisation exercise.

Lara Olaniyi

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