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UNHCR Laments Ordeal Of IDPs In Nigeria

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The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Country Representative to Nigeria and Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS), Mr. Antonio Jose Canhandula, yesterday revealed that of the over 2.8m Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria, the UNHCR could only reach and assist about 1.8m.Canhandula who disclosed this yesterday, during the donation of N10 million by Daystar Christian Centre to UNHCR, said,  “The challenge is first of all security, because to be able to help, you need to survive and the first thing is to make sure that my staff are secured when they go to assist. That security means that access to the population is not that easy.

“It is a very difficult situation. This is because of the so many Internally Displaced Persons, we only have access and could assist 1.8m. There are some local governments in Borno State for instance that we do not access to. That is not limited to Borno State. In Adamawa State, I have been able to go to Mubi South, North, Madagali and Michiga and I was told I was the first UN officer to visit.

‘’There are people there; they do not have a school, roof over their heads, the women are trying to find something to take home for their children, but they cannot.”

    He maintained that the negative impact of the crisis is unquantifiable noting that if a child was five years, when the crisis started ten years ago, the child would be fifteen years now.

“It means we have a fifteen years old who have not been to school. What future are you actually looking at when you look at that child?”

The Senior Pastor of Daystar, Pastor Sam Adeyemi said the donation was a product of working in line with the instruction of Jesus that asked that the church should care for the poor.

He also said with the donation, the church hopes to help reduce the statistics on internally displaced persons and refugees.

The Clergyman promised that the partnership between the church and UNHCR would be ongoing to make impact across the world.

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