Borno seeks UN Help To Solve Humanitarian Crisis

Women and children rescued from Sambisa Forest
Women and children rescued from Sambisa Forest

Borno State government has pleaded with the United Nations to come to its aid as the humanitarian situation in the state worsens.

Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Gerab Terab, made the call while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital, as he received another batch of deported refugees from neighbouring  Niger.
The 1, 600 returning refugees brings the total number of persons deported from Niger alone to 15, 000.



    “Today it is Niger that is sending Nigerians parking, tomorrow it may be Chad or Cameroon or any other country in the sub region,” Terab said, adding that the state has been left to bear the cost building a camp for 4, 248 refugees recently returned to the state.

    With this new camp, there are now 21 camps in the state with more than 120, 000 displaced persons, according to the emergency management boss, with the state government spending several billions of naira to take care of them.

    “We need the assistance of not only the federal government but the United Nations to come out of this quagmire which has put everything in the state at a near standstill.

    “It was a pity that the state who have had to bear the burden of 1.5 million internally displaced persons overdrawing the facilities in Maiduguri, has to do it almost alone without appreciable assistance coming from the Nigerian government and international agencies,” Terab said.


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