From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The chairman of Mararaban Kajuru Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, Mr Alipiri Ado said four women have given birth to seven children in the camp He stated this while speaking to the media in Kajuru yesterday According to him , one of the women gave birth to triplets while another was delivered of twins.
Ado also said that two other women gave birth to one child each, adding that there are about 100 pregnant women across six camps in the area, with more than 2,000 under-five children.
Our reporter who was at the camp along with a group, Giving for a Just Cause, noted that there were about 300 children under five years and more than 150 women in the camp.
The IDPs, including the 300 children, were crowded in a two-bedroom apartment with only two mobile toilets with no water facility, predisposing them to diseases due to poor sanitation and hygiene.
Ado, who confirmed the absence of water supply in the camp, however said that there was a dry well in the camp, adding that the only source of water is from neighbouring houses.
“We need water supply because we don’t know for how long the neighbours will allow the IDPs to be fetching water in their houses.
“Not only that, the space is too small and sleeping materials. Only a few sleeps on available mattresses while the majority sleep on bare floor, including the children,” he added.
Mrs Dorcas Dodo, the Coordinator, Giving for a Just Cause, had earlier explained that she was in the camp to donate relief materials polled together by concern citizens that were reached through a WhatsApp group chart.
“About a month ago, a woman from Maro Village came to my house looking for help. She told me that her house was destroyed by gunmen that attacked a number of villages in Kajuru LGA in February.
“We rented a house for her in Narayi, Kaduna metropolis, and got a job for her husband. But we then decided to extend it to the larger IDPs community instead of just settling with one person.
“I decided to set up a WhatsApp group for people to willingly donate in cash or in kind under the name Giving for Just Cause.
“People from Maiduguri, Jos, Abuja and other parts of the country contributed money, clothes, food items, sanitary items, soap and shoes, among others.
“We are here to distribute the items in collaboration with an NGO, Kishimi Shelter and Care Foundation,” she said.
For the mother of the triplets, the group donated wrappers, clothes for the babies, pampers, beverages and other items to support the mother in taking care of them.
“I was so impressed with the way people responded to the call for assistance and I can confidently say that Nigerians have a good heart:
all we need is to be charted toward the right cause.
“I am calling on the government to do something quick to address the terrible condition of the camp and support the IDPs to rebuild their houses and go back home,” Ado said.
On her part, Mrs Grace Samuel, the Executive Director, Kishimi Shelter and Care Foundation, called on the IDPs to learn to forgive whoever wrongs them.
According to her, only a forgiven heart finds peace, adding that peace and unity will reign only if we forgive one another.
“Our head office is in Gombe state and we have been working with IDPs for the past 10 years reaching out people in need of help.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chairman of Kajuru Local Government Council, Mr James Jagjum said there were about 8,000 IDPs in eight camps across Chikun, Kajuru and Kachia LGAs.