By Abraham Olatokunbo
A large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Maiduguri, Borno State, sleep on bare floor in open places and still grapple with the challenges of feeding.
The camp, EYN, which accommodates mainly Christians, is also faced with challenges of shelter and food.
Pastor Bitrus Mamuda, who made the revelation during the visit of President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle, to distribute relief materials to the IDPs in Maiduguri, disclosed that the IDPs in EYN were drawn from Gwoza, Madagali and Wagga in Adamawa State, Baga, Limankara, Chibok and Damboa affected by insurgency in the last six years.
He said the people are facing the problems of “feeding and shelter,” as some of them continue to sleep in the open on bare floors.
He lamented that the people of Gwoza-east that had fled to Cameroon over insurgency are however; returning to the EYN Maiduguri camp.
He said even though the population of the camp has hit 3,655, with 2,000 widows and 125 orphans, the donated materials and cash would bring a lot of relief.
Earlier on Tuesday, CAN had come to the aid of the EYN IDPs by donating 500 bags of rice, 50 sewing machines and N7m.
The N7 million was meant to meet the logistic requirements of the camp and the need of the 3,655 IDPs there.
Making the donation in Maiduguri, the President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, said similar gesture would be extended to IDPs from other states affected by Boko Haram in the North-east.
He said among those to benefit include IDPs in Adamawa, Taraba and other states affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the region.
Some of the materials donated include 500 bags of rice, 50 sewing machines.
During the donation, the CAN President said he was overwhelmed with what the IDPs in camps faced.
He said: “The number of displaced persons in camps in Maiduguri metropolis is too overwhelming to be taking refuge in 30 camps.
“We saw many people. However, within the limited resources; we were able to come with 500 bags of rice, 50 sewing machines.
“CAN also brought here N7 million to cater for the people in camps and adjourning communities in Maiduguri.”