Plateau attacks: We are dying of hunger, diseases – IDPs cry out

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Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Plateau State, on Monday raised alarm that they are dying of hunger and diseases.

The alarm was raised through Iliya Makau, Camp Leader, COCIN IDPs camp Heipang, Barkin Local Government Area when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State Council took relief materials to the camp.

Makau said that the camp which hosts about 2,520 IDPs does not have food and drugs to take care of hunger and ailments of the occupants.

“As I speak to you, we don’t have what to eat.

“We manage to eat at most once a day,” he said.

The camp leader stated that they do not have ingredients to cook even when they manage to get food stuff.

“Besides, we are living in inhuman conditions, we don’t have mattresses or blankets to cover ourselves,” he added.

Makau, who called on government and well meaning individuals to come to their aid, said that their preference was to return to their ancestral homes.

“We are appealing to government to assist us to go back to our homes to enable our children who are out of school to resume their studies,” he appealed.

In his remarks, Mr. Paul Jatau, Chairman NUJ Plateau Council said that the visit was to alleviate the sufferings of the victims in a little way they could.

Jatau said that journalists were part of the society and feel every pain that members of the society go through.

“This is our little way of saying that we understand what you are suffering.

“We have been reporting your sufferings since the sad incidences commenced to let the world know your plight.

“We don’t want to only report but also assist in a little way we can, ” he added.

Also speaking, Mrs Junni Bala, Director, Search and Rescue, Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), appreciated NUJ for the gesture.

Bala said “you are always with us to report the activities and today you have decided to support the victims, this is commendable.”

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