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IDPs lament lack of healthcare facilities in camp

A young girl with a pot on her head poses with other children at one of the Internally-Displaced People (IDP) camps Gwoza, north-eastern Nigeria, on August 1, 2017.<br />Boko Haram seized Gwoza in July 2014, making it the headquarters of their so-called Caliphate. Although it was retaken by Nigerian troops in March 2015, the extremists continued to raid nearby villages from their hideouts in the mountains along the border with Cameroon. At least 20,000 people have been killed and 2.6 million others displaced since the hardline Islamist group began a rebellion in 2009.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza and Bama Local Government Areas of Borno State residing in the Durumi area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have lamented the unavailability of healthcare facilities in their camp.

The IDPs said since they moved into the camp, four years ago, they had not felt the impact of the government. They said private individuals, non-government organisations and members of the National Youth Service Corps donated most facilities in the camp.

The Women Leader, Durumi IDP Camp, Area 1, Abuja, Liatu Ayuba, revealed this when an entrepreneur, Mrs. Eva Erokoro, visited the camp to donate items to the people.

Ayuba claimed only the Commissioner for the National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced, who visited them last year, gave relief items.

The donor, Eva Erokoro called on government to prioritise the provision of healthcare facilities for IDPs, and urged Nigerians to assist the less privileged.

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