The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria is growing, quickly.
Over the years, the growing number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria is becoming alarming. IDPs are people who have fled their homes because of conflict and persecution based on religion, crises, terrorism, race, nationality, membership of a social group or political opinion but remain within their home country’s borders.
According to Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), at the end of 2013, 33.3 million people were displaced by conflict and violence. The IDMC said there were 1, 538, 982 IDPs in Nigeria as of April 2015.
Perhaps more alarming than the number of IDPs are the poor conditions under which most of the IDPs are living. A large majority of Nigeria’s over 1.5 million displaced persons are housed in overcrowded camps across the disturbed northern regions. These camps which are mainly school facilities and empty government buildings with few basic amenities are supervised by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
IDPs are among the most vulnerable set of people who the government needs to cater for while ensuring that they are secure and of sound health. The Nigerian government appears to be having a very difficult time confronting persistent security issues. Two weeks ago, a bomb blast rocked an IDP camp in Yola, leaving at least two people dead and seven injured. If bombs can still explode in supposedly safe zones set up by the Nigerian government, then IDPs may not be safe anywhere in the country. We need to help this people they need our help. Thanks in anticipation.