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Food shortage allegedly hits IDPs camp in Adamawa

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No fewer than 1,400 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) including the elderly, women and children from Fufore in Adamawa State are allegedly complaining of the shortage of food supply in the camp.

Malam Bakura Umar, an IDP and leader of IDPs in Fufore Camp, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Yola.

Umar complained that for the past three months the National Emergency Management Agency had not supplied food to them.

“About 1,400 IDPs, mostly women, children and elderly people are facing starvation due to acute (shortage) of food supply in Fufore Camp.

“For the past three months, NEMA didn’t supply food for us and we are facing serious living conditions.

“Because of the acute (shortage) of food supply, both men and women from the camp had to go out to Fufore town and other nearby villages to look for food in order to survive,” Umar said.

He said they had been in the camp since 2014 and NEMA used to supply food items to them on a monthly basis for every household living in the camp.

The chairman said the IDPs in the camp were from Bama, Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala in Borno state.

He said they were brought to the camp from the Republic of Cameroon after Boko Haram overran their villages and towns in 2013 and they escaped to Cameroon for safety.

When contacted, Alhaji Abani Garki, the NEMA Operational Officer in charge of Adamawa and Taraba States dismissed the starvation claims and described it as “false alarm”.

Garki told NAN that the agency was aware of the short delay in the supply of food to the camp.

“The Agency is aware about the short delay in the regular supply of foods to households in Fufore camp but there is nothing like starvation in the camp.

“In fact the delay was not as they claimed because we experienced a short delay of food supply in January this year due to some logistic challenges which affected the following months of February and March.

“The Agency is trying all it can to ensure the IDPs are taken care of properly,” Garki said.

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