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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

OMG!!! Inside A Boko Haram Refugee Camp In Abuja

Internally Dsiplaced Persons Camp

Exxon Mobil in Africa
Power Forward Project
The Boko Haram insurgency has taken a toll on the socio cultural and religio-politico lives of almost all Nigerians. In the north east, nothing can ever be the same again.
Families have been broken, bread winners killed, entire communities ransacked as the insurgents have imposed their surrogates as satraps.
The aborigines of those communities have fled for safety and find themselves in various refugee camps, now called Internally displaced persons camps all across the country.
At the end of the fist half of the year, there are an estimated 2million people living in internal displacement.
Boko Haram
Refugees in an IDP Camp in Yola, Adamawa State
Most of these camps are spread around Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and other places in the Northe East, which has been the epi centre of this atrocious war. Living conditions within these camps have been horrendous. There are also a few of these camps located within the pristine federal capital, and one- the Gwoza/Bama IDP right in the heart of town, just a stone throw from the Federal Secretariat in Area 1.
Boko Haram
Sanitation exercise
ICA  was in this camp to see things for himself when Power Forward Africare Project took students of 5 FCT secondary schools there for community work. The Power Forward Africare project is a collaboration between the National Basketball Association (NBA), Africare NGO – a youth empowerment initiative that uses basketball to develop health, leadership and life skills among Nigerian youth.
IDP
Officials of Africare
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Officials of Africare & Power Forward
Africare & the Students
Africare & the Students
Secondary school students in FCT
Secondary school students in FCT
The curriculum incorporates leadership training and health awareness through a combination of classroom and athletic activities, with student evaluations at different stages of the initiative. In addition, each school has a coach assigned to oversee the curriculum, guide students through lessons, and monitor progress.
The Power Forward pilot program was launched in 2013 in partnership with the NBA, Africare, ExxonMobil and local school and education officials. The second season of the Power Forward pilot program include basketball games, clinics, life skills seminars and community work which took students from Bicardo, Divine Mercy and three Government secondary schools in Wuse, Garki and Karu to the IDP camp in Durumi.
Refugee Camp
Inside the Refugee camp
Boko Haram
Sanitation exercise
Helping Out
Helping Out
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Heaps of refuse packed & ready for disposal
Refugees
Displaced persons loiterring
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Students Helping Out
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Food being shared to little childfren
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Presentation of Mosquito netS
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Watching the presentation of mosquito nets
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Coordinator of the Africare Initiative addressing the refugees
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Emmanuel, the little boy from Gwoza
The initiative provided food, toiletries, mosquito nets to the inhabitants while also engaging in sanitation to keep the surroundings clean. Several displaced persons who spoke to ICA on their condition thanked Africare & Exxon Mobil for coming to their aid.
They also hoped civil society will engage more with them and government to bring more succor to their camps, while also pushing government for a quick resolution of the insurgency problem so they can go back to their ancestral homes.
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The General Kitchen, where the IDP’s cook
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Some displaced women, still mourning their fate
Abuja
Inside their Abuja homes
Refugee camp
Refugee camp
Boko Haram
Despite the hardship, still a smile
IDP
Where they bathe
They sleep on bare floors
They sleep on bare floors
A peep inside their shacks
A peep inside their shacks
Refugees
How the IDP’s Live

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