Nigerian Women Protest Atrocious IDP Camp Conditions

ICC Note:

Conditions in IDP camps for Nigerian refugees are atrocious. There is little food, shelter, clothing, or other basic necessities for the IDPs. Women are often forced to trade their bodies to feed their families. Unfortunately, such a plight is overlooked. Thousands of Nigerian women demanded that visiting UN envoys pay attention to the terrible conditions of the camps and called on the international community to remember the men, women, and children displaced by Boko Haram. Unfortunately, many Christians have been forced to endure such conditions.

3/07/2017 Nigera (Vanguard) – Thousands of Nigerian women forced from their homes by Boko Haram jihadists held a protest on Sunday to demand better conditions as UN Security Council envoys visited their camp, an AFP journalist saw. The demonstrators accused local authorities and aid agencies of exacerbating one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, which the UN says has left northeastern Nigeria on the brink of famine.

They also accused local aid agencies of diverting assistance that should have gone to the 15,000 displaced people living in the Teachers Village camp near the flashpoint city of Maiduguri. The women held their protest as 15 ambassadors from the UN’s top decision-making body visited the camp in northeastern Nigeria, seeking to draw global attention to the emergency affecting 21 million people in the Lake Chad region.

 

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