ASO CHRON­I­CLES Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion re­mem­bers Du­rumi IDPs

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han­dling their sit­u­a­tion. They need not di­s­pair be­cause they are within their coun­try and the coun­try owes them a re­spon­si­bil­ity to take care of them, even up to a safe re­turn to their homes,” he said.

Opara also said that the project seeks to guar­an­tee for the se­cu­rity and the pro­tec­tion of rights and free­dom of IDPs to take refuge in any part of the coun­try, and above all, de­mand their proper re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion when it be­comes safe for them to re­turn to their homes.

“It is also hoped that through this ad­vo­cacy, IDPs who are to­day vic­tims of some mis­deeds of oth­ers would be steered away from the ha­tred and re­tal­i­a­tion that turn erst­while vic­tims to per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence,” he added.

The sec­re­tary to the Camp Chair­man Bala Yusuf, while speak­ing to our re­porters said they are happy for the gifts from the groups, ex­plain­ing that the ma­te­ri­als they brought are all what they lack in the camp.

“Any­body that vis­its you in time of trou­ble is a true friend and not those that visit when ev­ery­thing is go­ing on well. All what they have brought are what we lack and it will help us a lot. They brought us food stuff in­clud­ing mos­qui­toes net. See where we are sleep­ing in shanties.

“There is no food for us be­cause we are not work­ing but peo­ple that know what we are go­ing through come to visit and also bless us,” he said.

He said though the govern­ment is aware of their pres­ence here but they are yet to re­ceive any help di­rectly from the govern­ment but, “ev­ery­thing that has been com­ing to us here comes from in­di­vid­u­als and groups like these ones that come to­day. We had re­ceived free med­i­cal check, free wa­ter do­na­tion, sup­port from school and so on.

Gift Orairo the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor of De­velop and Save the Nige­rian Child Ini­tia­tive whose NGO part­ner with IPCR in sup­port of the IPDs said they were there to share in the pains of the IDPs. “Our im­pact and con­cern are the chil­dren. We have our own soft spot and pro­gramme lined up for chil­dren and one of them is en­cour­ag­ing moth­ers to make sure their chil­dren go back to schools de­spite the sit­u­a­tion on ground.”

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nige­rian Civil De­fense Corp (NSCDC) Mrs. An­depu Pa­tience said they pledged to all IDPs ad­e­quate se­cu­rity un­til they are out of their var­i­ous camp to their re­spec­tive homes.

She also as­sured them that the FG is work­ing hard to ad­dress the prob­lems of in­sur­gency in the North­ern part of the coun­try and as well to re­turn them

From left: Sec­re­tary of the IDPs in Du­rumi Camp Area1, Malam Bala Yusuf, Mr. Peter Opara, rep­re­sent­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral In­sti­tute for Peace and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion, Mrs. An­depu Pa­tience rep­re­sent­ing the Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fense Corps (NSCDC) dur­ing the In­sti­tute for Peace and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion visit to IDPs Camp in Du­rumi Area 1 Abuja, re­cently.

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