Eight die of hunger, disease in Benue IDPs camp


It has been revealed that eight persons have, between the months of January and May, died at the Mbawa Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Benue.

Chairman of the camp, Geoffrey Torgenga, made the disclosure in Makurdi on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen during a visit to the camp.

According to him, the deaths were as a result of acute hunger and different diseases at the camp which is located at Daudu community in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue.

Torgenga said that the latest death at the camp was recorded last weekend and that the body of the deceased was still in the morgue.

He explained that the IDPs were currently living on charity from civil society, religious bodies, individuals and non-governmental bodies.

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About 3,515 IDPs are reportedly residing at the camp and that they have lived in the camp for more than one year.

Torgenga lamented the deplorable condition at the camp, saying that IDPs living were at the mercy of the elements night and day.

According to him, the IDPs have been venturing into nearby bushes to fetch firewood to sell to make a living.

A three-year-old boy, identified as Nani Iyorkaa, who went to fetch firewood had been missing since last March.

One of the IDPs, Edward Nyam, 63, who had been residing at the camp since January last year, expressed his appreciation to individuals and groups that had been assisting the IDPs.

He thanked the Benue government for deploying officials of the state’s emergency management agency to the camp recently to help the IDPs.

Nyam appealed to the State Government to do everything possible to ensure the return of peace in communities so that the IDPs could return to their homes.

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