We are well-fed…We don’t want to return home yet – IDPs

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Pompomari camp, Yobe have said they are not in a haste to return home.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), IDPs who spoke to the agency said life in camp was better than in the villages.

Bukar Makinta, an occupant of the camp, said, “we have been enjoying three-square meal in the camp provided by State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) since our arrival in 2015; we also have clinic and school here.”

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Modu Kaka, another IDP said they were fed with beans, spaghetti, rice and Semovita, among other delicacies.

Aisa Kolomi, said, “SEMA provides adequate foodstuff and women IDPs prepare the meals for all the IDPs in the camp who eat and even make surplus”.

Bulama Shefuri, an elder in the camp, said women IDPs had engaged in animal fattening using leftover of food to feed the animals.

“They collect the food remnants and you can see the crumbs spread all over in the sun to dry up to feed goats and sheep,” Bulama said.

lhaji Musa Jidawa, Executive Secretary, SEMA, said government had been feeding the IDPs since the camp was established in 2015.

“Government had consistently been feeding 4,000 IDPs at the Pompomari camp and 3,000 others at the Bukar Ali primary school camp.

“However, those at Bukar Ali camp willingly requested to return to their communities and the camp was closed down, while, we now have over 2,000 IDPs at the Pompomari camp as some of them have also left,” Jidawa said.

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