- Reports that IDPs at a camp in Bauchi were feeding on onion leave to survive has been debunked by the state government
- The State Emergency Management Agency said there are no IDP camps in the state
- According to the SEMA boss, all internally displaced persons are integrated into host communities to live their normal lives
The Bauchi state government has denied reports that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at a camp in the state were feeding on onion leaves for survival.
Kabiru Yusuf Kobi, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)’s director for relief and rehabilitation, said that the state does not have any IDP camp as reported in the media, Daily Trust reports.
Kobi argued that since the Boko Haram insurgency started, there has never been any time IDP camps were created, saying that displaced people have always been integrated into communities across the state.
He added that IDPs live in the society and share basic social amenities like hospitals, schools and facilities with other people.
The SEMA’s chief also said relevant organisations like NEMA, Red Cross and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) are always in charge of IDPs.
Kobi also mentioned that the people, who were a little over 200 in number, were given the land on request by Hajiya Maryam Abacha to settle.
He added that after settling, the people to farm what they would eat, saying it is therefore inaccurate to say the same people feed on onion leaves to survive.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that intense hunger as a result of inadequacy of food items in an IDP in Bauchi state forced adolescent children to feed on onion leaves for survival.
According to reports, children between the ages of three and five, looked pitiful as they consume the leaves.
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The camp is located about 2km from Rindebin community in Bauchi local government area of the state. Some of their parents interviewed said there were no enough food, as such they had to ‘improvise’ ways of tackling hunger, saying they believed onion leaves were nutritious and would also protect their children from hunger and diseases.
One of the parents in the camp, Aisha Musa, said that for the past one year, children and adults in the camp had been struggling to survive, with little or no assistance from all quarters.
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