25 women give birth at Yola Displaced Persons Camp

At least 25 pregnant women have given birth at the camp for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

There are also about 20 pregnant women in camp, the North East coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Muhammad Kanar, has said.

He said some of the IDPs are being catered for in camps around Yola, like the National Youth Service Camp, while others are in communities scattered across the state capital.

“These IDPs, who were mainly from villages and towns in the North-Eastern part of the Country, such as Gwoza, Madagalli, Mubi, Michika, in both Borno and Adamawa States, where the crisis has been most severe, gave harrowing narrations of their experiences while fleeing from the insurgents, leaving behind their homes, sources of livelihood, as well as family members.

“Their accounts were sources of inspiration, as their will to survive and be re-united with their families were heart-warming and sad at the same time. Some of these victims had gone through thick forests, mountainous terrains, and even crossed borders to neighbouring Countries like Cameroon, all on foot, before travelling down to the Camps,” Mr. Kanar noted.

He stressed the need for the rich and other cooperate organizations to come to the aid of the displaced persons.

“While in the camps, they only experience brief relief and succor from the long and strenuous journey. As the after-thought of their situation, and realization of the fact that they have no homes anymore, or family members have departed their sides through death sets in, they become depressed and despondent.

“Though NEMA, and other relevant agencies are doing their best, they are in dire need of assistance,” Mr. Kanar said.

Ummah Charity, a subsidiary of Ummah Islamic Organization, a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, based in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital City, visited the displaced persons and other victims of insurgency in
Yola.

In his remarks, Abubakar Muhammad, the president of the group said that the Ummah Charity was set up by the Ummah Islamic Organization Executives in July 2014 to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to the less privileged and those in emergency or crisis areas, regardless of their religious, regional or tribal affiliations.

He said that Ummah Charity also embarked on other projects such as providing free educational scholarships to 23 bright and intelligent children from extremely poor homes to support their education.


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