15 Feb THE WAY THE IDPs DANCED BROUGHT TEARS TO OUR EYES
There are things you see that bring joy and fulfillment to your heart, but at the same time bring tears to your eyes. This was the experience of everyone who visited the Luvu IDP camp in Nassarawa State and Durumi IDP camp in Abuja. These camps had been going through a lot of difficulties since they relocated to Nasarrawa State and Abuja from Borno State. During our assessment of the camps, we found out they needed food, lots of them. They also needed clothing, mattresses, medical care and psychosocial support. Our hearts bled when we saw how hunger had dealt with them. On leaving the camps after our assessment, we knew we just had to urgently do something.
Since October 2016, we have been supporting the Luvu and Durumi IDP camps with food supplies, welfare packages and medical care. Thanks to Thompsons and Grace Foundation that saw the need to partner with us to help the IDPs in the camps. In one of the days when we got to Luvu camp with the food supplies, all of the women started singing and dancing. This brought tears to our eyes.
It was a beautiful sight, but at the same time it got us thinking. We saw how much people were suffering in their own country because of the insurgency. We saw how food had become the greatest need of some people. We may never understand how heartbreaking this is because we are not in their shoes. But this still brings us to one very important point, which is, they need us to come help them.