Some residents of Benue State have narrated the pitiable plights of the Internally Displaced Persons within the Benue South Senatorial District of the state.
Speaking with SaharaReporters, one in every of them, Green Idoho, defined that the state authorities may need succeeded in shielding the IDPs from herdsmen assault however not from the pure causes of demise comparable to starvation and sicknesses.
Idoho, who just lately paid a go to to the IDP camps in Ado Local Government Area, stated the individuals are uncovered to nightmarish circumstances, as they dwell in huts constructed with sacks and torn mosquito nets.
He additionally said that a number of the IDPs sleep on naked flooring, sacks, and drink water from ‘pits’ thereby worsening their state of well being.
He additional stated the starvation within the camp had prompted plenty of malnutrition potentialities particularly amongst kids within the camps.
He defined that the restricted medical personnel affected IDPs’ capability to have entry to high quality well being providers.
According to him, the COVID-19 lock-down worsened the predicament of the folks because the few volunteers who have been sometimes offering for them, have dropped drastically.
Idoho stated, “About seven years ago, herders struck with their perennial tools; guns and machetes, shooting, burning and butchering at sight, sparing no gender or age bracket.
“There was a great loss; the dead were buried in tears, the survivors were traced and brought together.
“Seven years later, these survivors, who are now Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, are still feeding at the mercies of meagre volunteers and sleeping in what words can’t depict.
“This is the plight of the abandoned Agatu IDPs in Benue South Senatorial District (Zone C) who have been wallowing in negligence, poverty, hunger and hardship for years, and most recently the Ado IDPs.
“It would be recalled that in 2014, the Idoma-speaking community of Agatu in Benue State became a killing theatre – with over 2000 persons killed with tens of thousands displaced in the Agatu attacks and massacres which began in late 2014 and heightened late February 2016 and continued for several days into March.
“The deceased persons were given a mass burial amidst the statewide mourning, while the hundreds displaced were camped at a place now known as Agatu IDPs’ camp away from the reach of the predating killer herdsmen.
”Many years later, the Benue State Government succeeded in shielding the IDPs from the double-edged swords of the killer herdsmen however actually not from the extra painful swords of pure killers like starvation, poverty and different circumstances of hardship.
“In truth, they’ve been deserted; a go to to the IDPs camps will attest to this — the nightmarish circumstances they’re uncovered to; they dwell in huts construct with sacks and worn mosquito nets. Sleep on naked flooring and sacks, and drink water from ‘pits’ and feed and garments solely on the mercies of volunteers.
“Regrettably, like the Agatu IDPs, the Ado IDPs have also been abandoned. Since the unfortunate incident, no NGO or Federal government agency has reached out to the genocide-torn and war-ridden victims who feed from hand to mouth and are living in poor health conditions.
“Also disturbing is the fact that the Benue South IDPs have been completely forgotten. The media reports have focused more on the plights of the IDPs in camps close to Makurdi, the state capital, without amplifying the plights of those in the Southern flank of the state and other parts of the state.
“Worst still, most of the NGOs and philanthropists and even Federal government agencies who come to the state to donate relief materials to Benue IDPs, only give such succour to those in camps close to Makurdi forgetting to reach out to the Benue South.
“The harsh conditions have the great possibility of leading to the outbreak of killer diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio, malaria in IDPs camps across Zone C (Benue South). Also, hunger has caused a lot of malnutrition possibilities especially among children in the camps. Women and children are the worst hit by the diseases.”
He revealed that there have been plans by the Ochetoha’K’Idoma Youth Wing led by Comrade Gideon Obande to organise the Idoma Young Professional Roundtable on Sunday, July 25, at Afri Hotel, Abuja.
The roundtable with the theme, “The Audacity of Hope”, will amongst different issues focus on the problems of IDPs in Benue South, Idoma Governorship in Benue State, Economic potentials of Zone C, the brand new media as a veritable instrument of emancipation and elimination social vices by the efficient agro scheme.