UN envoy welcomes improvements in IDPs welfare

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel,EMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, has noted an improvement in the welfare of refugees in Bama in the Borno State.

The UN envoy has concluded his fifth visit to rural parts of Nigeria’s north-east and for the second time was able to witness the situation in Bama, one of the towns most destroyed by the Boko Haram.

He was last there in the first week of April.

“Since then there has been progress,” said Lanzer.

He noted Bama was firmly under the control of the Nigerian authorities and felt more stable and safe to me than earlier this year.

There are about 20 000 people in Bama who are concentrated in the town’s camp for displaced persons.

“Conditions there in April were poor but this time I saw considerable improvement,” said Lanzer.

He noted authorities had opened a school and are conducting classes.

They have also opened a clinic and are attending to people who are sick. Aid agencies have stepped up their engagement. The World Food Programme is  providing rations for more than 15 000 people and the International Organization for Migration and the UN’s Refugee Agency have supported families to build hundreds of all-weather shelters.

“I was particularly heartened to see young people of Bama, who had been displaced to Maiduguri, returning to Bama to help the aid agencies with our work,” said Lanzer.

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