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Published On: Sun, Jun 8th, 2014

Boko Haram attacks displaced over 1,000 Borno communities – Ndume

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Humanitarian crisis looms Gwoza local government area of Borno state as over 1000 people were displaced within the last one week following persistent bloody attacks on their communities by the Boko the Haram insurgents.

Our correspondent reported that last week, over 100 people were killed, hundreds of house burnt when the rampaging insurgents stormed several villages in the local government .

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, representing Southern-Borno district in the National Assembly, disclosed this to newsmen at the weekend, after elders and stakeholders of the affected communities held an emergency meeting in Maiduguri.

Senator Ndume, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders said killing and burning of property continued in some of the villages that villages still under siege included Gavva, Agapalagu, Chikide, Dushwale, Ngowshe and Ashgashiya.

The district head in one of the wards under siege, Lawan John, who is now seeking refuge in Maiduguri, said that 109 people had so far been buried since the attacks.

“Corpses still littered our villages because we didn’t have access to the villages as the insurgents were still hanging around,” he said.

According to him, many of their people were trapped in the mountains and hills and they without food to eat for over five days.

“They rely on people from Pogu village, who go there to give them food; and right now, there is no food left in the village,” the district head added.

He said in some of these villages, the insurgents were still moving around on motorcycles and shooting anybody who attempted to descend from the mountain.

Chairperson of the relief committee, who is also the Borno state commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Dr. Asabe Vilita, said three camps had been opened for some of the displaced persons, who were in Maiduguri.

According to her, 680 displaced persons were camped in Tashan Bama, 426 in EYN Church, Wulari and 50 persons in Mule Area of Maiduguri. She also appealed to well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the displaced persons.

According to the senator, they had set up a committee to distribute relief materials to the displaced people. He called on NGOs, individuals from Gwoza to assist the displaced people with food and funds.

He said that the Borno state government had released N10 million, including donation of funds from some members of the Gwoza communities, adding that once the areas under siege were accessible, the funds will be used for the procurement of relief materials for the displaced persons who did not make it to Maiduguri.

 

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