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! More IDPs throng Benue camp, lament lack of govt assistance

Over 300 persons displaced by suspected herdsmen from Guma in Benue, parts of Nasarawa and  Taraba states have moved to Tse Yandev IDP Camp in Makurdi, Benue State capital, within the last one month.

Chairman of the camp, Yev Gabriel, disclosed this to our correspondent who visited the camp late hours of Monday.

He said, “More persons are fleeing from their homes in some Benue communities to the camp as a result of incessant attacks on them by suspected herdsmen.

“Some people who fled from Yelwata, a border town between Benue and Nasarawa states, as well as Yogbo in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State have caused an increase in the number of inmates at the camp.”

He explained that the camp, which had an initial number of 10,102 inmates, had grown to 10,407.

The camp chairman added, “The the number of households have also increased from 5,249 to 5,384. The total male population is 3,457 while the female is 6,645.”

Gabriel said the major sickness recorded in the camp was malaria, saying that over 200 inmates had been treated for the disease in the last few days.
“Our survival here has been very terrible. We survive by assistance from churches, small non-governmental organisation and well-meaning Nigerians. There is no government presence here. The State Emergency Management Agency is not on ground here. There is no health facility, no food provision.

“Construction of toilet that is ongoing is being undertaken by Doctors Without Borders,” he added.

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