NEMA begins screening of Bosso refugees in Yobe …registers 5000 refugees, IDPs

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From JOE Ayaaji

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has started the screening of hundreds of refugees that fled from Boko Haram attack on Bosso in Niger Republic to Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State, Nigeria.

According to NEMA, the screening and profiling of the refugees and the displaced people will last for the next three days.

The field coordinator of NEMA in the State Nahuta Mohammed Abubakar told reporters in Geidam that the agency has so far registered over 5000 refugees including IDPs. He also added that close to 100 malnourished children were also captured in the exercise.

TGnews reports that the refugees in their thousands hundreds are either sleeping in open motor parks in very difficult conditions at Gaidam, just as others have found home in some primary schools in the town. Those living in the best of conditions are the one said to be squatting with relatives across the town but they hardly feed with such homes over congested.

TGnews checks also gathered that there are some Internally Displaced People from Kannama, Abadam, Demasak, Kareto area of Yobe and Borno states respectively while some of the refugee are from Diffa and Bosso in the Republic of Niger.

Speaking to our correspondent in Gaidam, Acting field coordinator of the Agency, Nafuta Mahmud Abubakar, said they were sent down to assess the exact number of people displaced by Boko haram in Bosso, Diffa of Niger republic and Kanamma town, Yunusari local government area of Yobe state.

“We are here base on the directives of Mr. President to assess their exact number, and foward recommendation for relief assistance and succour to displaced,” he said

He said that in an interim, immediate parliative of food items would be distributed to ease their fasting difficulties, while the main intervention is on the way soonest.

Items distributed includes 25 bags of rice, 25 bags of sugar, 20 cartons of milk, 20 cartons of Milo, 20 cartons of indomie noodles and Nylon mats.

Speaking on the number of people screened, Nahuta said, “we have so far registered up to 5000 people including women, children and adult. There is the possibility that the number will go up because today is just our second day in Geidam and we are carrying out this exercise for three days.

“One significant thing I have observed is the high number of malnourished children. Their conditions are critically and intervention has to be timely for this people,” Nahuta said.

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