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More IDPs protest in Maiduguri

At least 6,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Arabic College camp caused traffic logjam on Maiduguri -Jos road yesterday when they protested against  starvation. The…

At least 6,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Arabic College camp caused traffic logjam on Maiduguri -Jos road yesterday when they protested against  starvation.
The protesters came out of the camp and blocked the highway as they complained that they were tired of burying their children due to lack of food in the camp.
It took the intervention of Borno state Deputy Governor Usman Durkwa, soldier and armed policemen, who persuaded and pleaded before normalcy was restored.
Some of the aggrieved persons complained that one cup of rice is being given to the IDPs per day.
Resident of Marte, Mustapha Bulun,62 narrated his ordeal in the camp saying “ I have buried two children here in this camp, it all started two months ago after Ramadan fasting, they were given us a cup of rice or maize per day and for a family. How could a cup of rice satisfy a family?”
The deputy governor appealed to the angry IDPs and directed the dissolution of the kitchen committee at the Arabic camp. Speaking with newsmen later, the deputy governor said government has already moved trucks of food to the camp to kick off household feeding.

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