In the year 2014, Nigeria had 3.3 million persons displaced by conflict with a higher majority scattered around Africa. This information was contained in a report titled ‘Global Overview 2014: people internally displaced by conflict and violence’, which was released by the Internal Displaced Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) release.
According to the report at that time, 3.3 million IDPs in Nigeria and 470,500 individuals were displaced in 2013 alone. The report explained the unprecedented rise in IDPs in Nigeria in 2013 by the increased number of Boko Haram attacks, heavy-handed counter insurgency operations, and ongoing inter-communal violence. After Boko Haram insurgents were pushed out of major towns in the Northeast following the declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states in May 2013, they focused their attacks with increased brutality on towns and villages close to Nigeria’s borders with Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
Imagine having suffered various degrees of violence, bombings, massacre, abuses, kidnapping and forced eviction perpetuated by the Boko Haram insurgents. This is what has resulted to so many homeless people scattered all around Nigeria and Africa at large. The reality of their needs keeps staring at us. The need to eat, have a place to lay their heads, have clothes to way their heads, have clothes to wear and also have a job to take care of their needs. Taking care of the latter has become very challenging because these people are rural dwellers that have just one major skill, which is farming.
This displacement has left our society with a group of disempowered people who do not have lands, seedlings and fertilizers to farm with. So for the interim, while we wait for the end of the insurgency, rehabilitation and reintegration into the society, we have taken up the burden to step in and be of help to them.
We have partnered with organizations such as TY Danjuma Foundation, Thompson and Grace Foundation, SARAFFINA Foundation, Light House Church, Time Square Church, etc, to provide psycho-social support, free health care and welfare packages to IDP camps in Abuja FCT, Taraba, Edo, Nassara and Plateau State.
The needs are still enormous and we wish to keep partnering with the government, organizations and individuals to ensure that they live a more comfortable life. You too can be a part of this movement. The IDPs need us.