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Number of IDPs in Maiduguri metropolis overwhelming–CAN

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•Says IDPs facing problem of feeding, shelter

•Donates relief materials to displaced persons in Borno 

Mukaila Ola 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned that the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri Metropolis, Borno State is overwhelming.

To this end, CAN on Tuesday came to the aid of IDPs in troubled North Eastern State capital, with relief materials.

The umbrella body of Christians in the country, not only donates relief materials but gave out N7 million to meet the logistic requirement of one of the camp and the need of 3,655 internally displaced persons.

Giving 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 northeast.

Some of the materials donated include 500 bags of rice, 50 sawing 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 have been 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.”

On the state of the EYN camp which accommodate Christians, Pastor Bitrus Mamuda disclosed that the IDPs 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 camp has hit 3,655, with 2,000 widows and 125 orphans, the donated materials and cash would bring a lot of relief.

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