Insecurity

Hunger Kills 22 IDPs In Katsina

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

No fewer than 22 people have died at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State due to hunger and unhygienic conditions.

Stonix News reports that more than 15,200 people were displaced by terrorists from the villages of Shimfida, Zango, Kwari, Tsembe, Tsauni and Mai-wuya communities and have been taking refuge in the camp at GGSS, Jibia.

The chairman of the IDP camp, Malam Saad Shimfida, disclosed this while speaking with some journalists in Jibia on Monday.

Salisu, who is also the chairman of Shimfida Youth Development Association, said this is as a result of the bad environment they are forced to leave in, amid hunger and malnutrition, among little children.

According to him, most of them sleep on the bare floor, while others take their rest on mats provided by the local government authorities.

However, he also complained about the situation in the camp, stressing that the camp is not secured as there are no security personnel attached, no water and no health facilities.

He added that at the initial stage, they were being fed thrice a day, which later became twice a day, adding that, they are presently feeding once a day.

Salisu said they have been in the camp for the last three months, saying that they would prefer to return to their communities to enable them farm their lands.

“Our people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition,” he affirmed.

He pleaded with the state government to provide them with the necessary security structures, to enable them benefit from the rainy season in order to make life better for themselves and their families.

The Chairman Jibia LGA, Alhaji Bashir Sabiu, when contacted said the council has provided adequate relief materials to the IDPs in the camp.

He said, he personally used to pay the ransom for some people to secure them free.

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