Yokassala, a border town after Adamawa situated in Cameroon was relatively unknown until the Boko-Haram insurgency reached its peak. The insurgency according to the The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) estimates that out of 6.9million of internally displaced persons in the northeast, 4.8 million live in the host communities while the remaining scampered to nearby communities for refuge.
One of these are the group of IDP’s in Yokassala camp that were originally from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe state. These individuals made their way to this Cameroonian town in the year 2014 for resettlement.
According to report by Nelly Ating, a photojournalist documenting the state of things in the war ravaged North East, they are not faring much better than the ones in IDP camps here in Nigeria. They live in huts with no medical care, lack of portable water, the community of about 1000 inhabitants, the majority of them women, have no secure means of livelihood.
The problems they face, particularly with access to potable water was brought to Twitter few days ago by photojournalist Nelly Ating, who mobilized individuals to donate to the cause of raising five hundred thousand Naira to dig a new Borehole for the IDP community. The campaign was well received with impressive response from Twitter users.
This is another challenge to those saddled with the responsibility of taking care of these IDP’s to step up their interventions. Accurate data about IDP’s and their locations should be gathered to help in formulating developmental plans that will enhance the quality of life in their various camps.
The life of these IDP’s must be better than the ones obtained when they were on their own as government and its agencies must provide the basic things of life for them in their camps including health, education and good nutrition.