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We’re tired of camp life, we want to go home –Plateau IDPs

Just when they thought that peace was returning to their troubled state, suddenly things began to take a turn for the worst. Insecurity and attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen reared their ugly heads again, as over 200 people were massacred in a day in Gashish District Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State.

This has led to an increase in the number of people in the already over populated Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps in three major local government areas of the state – Jos south, Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas; thus further stretching the already overstretched facilities in the camp.

When Sunday Telegraph recently visited the camps, we saw pains, agony, dejection and frustrations on the faces of those whose lives have been disrupted by circumstances beyond their control.

Also, the children, who were supposed to be in school, were languishing with their parents. No schools where even available for them to continue their education. Even the makeshift ones created for that purpose are now in a state of dilapidation.

Also, health facilities and accessibility is of great concern, as they are greatly inadequate. Camp Leader, Geoscience Camp, Anguldi, Bukuru, Francis Chong told Sunday Telegraph that children in the camp do not have access to education, many pregnant women were delivered of babies in the camp without good facilities. “The government promised to provide a mobile clinic, but we are yet to get one”.

New Telegraph, December 2, 2018

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