Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Maiduguri have commended the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, for providing humanitarian and psychosocial support services in Borno.
Representatives of the IDPs made the commendation during an assessment tour of one of the camps at WTC, Maiduguri, by a team from the UNFPA headquarters in Abuja.
While speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Malama Yakura Abba, a 42-year-old widow from Bama, said that she lost her husband and six out of her 12 children to the insurgents before she escaped to the camp, adding that she had been receiving support from the UNFPA since she came to the camp.
She further noted that the fund was providing dignity kits and psychosocial counselling services as well as skills acquisition training to them at the ‘safe space’ established by the UNFPA.
Furthermore, Mrs Hajja Kaltume, a 43-year-old IDP from Bama, explained that she was spending her 27th week and got her 12th pregnancy in the camp.
Kaltume explained that she had embraced child spacing policy and was ready for permanent family planning.
Also, some other IDPs confirmed that they received humanitarian and psychosocial support from the organisation.
They further asked for more and sustainable support in skills acquisition, economic empowerment and education for their children.
Speaking to newsmen, the manager of the camp, Malam Mohammed Kukawa had earlier told the team that the camp had 6,113 IDPs, including 2,156 unaccompanied women and 1,158 male.
Others are 2,198 female; 280 lactating mothers; 49 pregnant women; 199 aged IDPs; 30 separated family members and 65 mentally affected IDPs.
Coordinator of the camp, Hajiya Bintu Marte, and Mrs Charity Gadzama, the nursing officer in charge of the camp who confirmed the stories, said that the camp had recorded 11 safe deliveries recently.
Responding to the requests made by the IDPs at the camp, the leader of the UNFPA team, Mr Mohammed Ismail gave assurance that the organisation would strengthen the humanitarian and psychosocial support services.
He added that the fund would forward their needs on education to the relevant organisations to address them.
According to reports, there are no less than 23 designated camps in Maiduguri, with about 1.5 million IDPs in the formal and informal camps in the state.

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