ASO CHRONICLES Conflict Resolution remembers Durumi IDPs
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.