ICRC supports 27,000 new IDPs with relief materials in Borno

INTERNATIONAL Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has supplied emergency relief materials to 27,000 newly displaced persons in Monguno, Borno, Aliyu Dawobe, Public Relations Officer of the organisation, said.

He disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday adding that 4,300 households were affected by armed conflict and the victims received emergency relief materials from the ICRC at no cost.

He said that items such as mats, blankets, clothes, solar lamps, cooking equipment and hygiene kits were supplied.

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Dawobe said that ICRC was presently constructing 2,000 family shelters and supporting clinics at various camps in Monguno.

Sadiq Ahmed, ICRC Economic Security Field Officer in Monguno, said families fled the area of violence leaving everything behind.

“We have supported a total of 4,392 families with mats, blankets, clothes, solar lamps, cooking equipment and hygiene kits among others which will help support their basic needs.

“For months, our people have been subjected to a lot of suffering, most of them slept without a mat to lay on,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Musa Haruna, Community Leader in Fulatari Camp, said that no fewer than 1,500 households in his community received ICRC’s relief items.

Haruna, however, decried the poor sanitary condition of various camps located in monguno.

“There are currently over 12 IDP camps in Monguno town all of which livelihoods are overstretched.

“Since December 2018, we have witnessed an influx of IDPs, mostly from Kukawa Local Government.

“These people have been forced out of their homes due to the hostilities and are in a dire situation,” Haruna said.

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