Humanitarian Crisis Hit Gwoza as Decmposing Corpse from Boko Haram Attack Litter the Area
The senator representing Borno South senatorial district, Muhammed Ali Ndume, yesterday called for international humanitarian support for the over 1000 persons displaced following sustained attacks on communities in Gwoza local government area by the Boko Haram sect.
Ndume, an indigene of Gwoza town, who made the call alongside other stakeholders from the ravaged local government area, said that though more than 100 corpses had been buried, many more were still littering the area and could not be buried, because the attacked areas had been taken over by the insurgents.
He called for immediate military deployment to the area, so that humanitarian aid and care could be taken to the villagers trapped up in the Gwoza Mountains and also, to enable people bury the decomposing corpses of their relatives yet to be interred.
“Gwoza local government area is under siege. Out of the six wards that make up Gwoza East, only Pulka and Bokko, which have security presence, are yet to be affected; every other town and village under those electoral wards has been taken over by the Boko Haram. Residents have all fled, many are killed.
“We have been in touch with the security agencies and they have been telling us that they are making efforts to secure the place; though they have not gotten there yet, we still value having soldiers there. We have a serious humanitarian crisis in Gwoza. Thousands of people have been displaced, hundreds have died and homes have been burnt, of which we still cannot give the actual figure, because no one could go up there to take toll.”
Ndume, who led other political stakeholders and traditional chiefs from Gwoza to address the press at his Maiduguri home, said a committee of six persons had been constituted to coordinate the collection of humanitarian support of food, clothing, bedding and cash for the internally displaced persons.
The chairperson of the six-man committee, Dr Asabe Villita Bashir, who is the state’s commissioner for Trade and Investment, said that so far, the internally displaced persons who arrived Maiduguri from across the Cameroon border and through Adamawa State were currently in three camps in the state capital.
“We have three camps where the IDPs are being camped. At the EYN church camp in Wulari, we have so far recorded about 217 displaced persons; at Mulai General Hospital we have up to 50 people there; at Tashan Bama we have 814 persons camped for now, but we are still recording more that are still arriving the town,” she said.
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