Thursday, April 24, 2014

Benue flood camps run out of food, camp workers say

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The Victims have not got enough food in their rehabilitation camps.

The victims of the flooding in Benue State are inadequately catered for and have insufficient food supplies at the Rehabilitation Camps set up by the Benue State Government to accommodate them.

The workers at the camp, Tuesday, said the displaced flood victims in Makurdi need more food supplies. They said that the populations in the camps surpassed food supplies to the victims.

At the Wurukum camp, the Assistant Camp Commandant, Justin Depuun, complained of difficulties in meeting the feeding needs of the people, especially the children.

Mr. Depuun said for a camp with a population of 4,290 people that comprised 501 families, it was difficult to adequately meet their feeding requirements.

He appealed to corporate organisations, political and religious organisations, as well as individuals to donate food items, especially for the use of the children.

Mr. Depuun said the appeal was necessitated by the high quantity of food consumed by children.

”We need things like biscuits, indomie (noodles), bread, and other fast foods for the children to be taking in-between meals to quench their hunger,’’ he said.

The Assistant Camp Commandant at the NKST Wadata camp, Doose Agede, said the families in the camp were given raw food items to prepare for themselves. She said the camp has 268 families with each family having nothing less than four children.

”In order to avoid having food crisis, we share out raw food to them according to the families and leave them to manage themselves.

”We give them rice, maize, guinea corn, millet, beans, gari and sometimes yams. The food we give is not on a daily basis, we give in an interval of two days,’’ she said.

Ms. Agede said blankets, buckets, detergents and mats were shared to the victims, but added that the camp had closed the admission of new victims.

She also appealed to the public to donate food items to the camp since ”nobody knows when the water will recede and these people will return home.

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