Children Feed On Onion Leaves To Survive in IDP camps

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IDP Camp, Children Feed On Onion Leaves To Survive

Children taking shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), located about two kilometres from Rindebin community in Bauchi Local Government Area, have resorted to feeding on onion leaves to survive.

Ages between three and five years old, the children, who showed signs of malnutrition, have resorted to feeding on the leaves as a result of inadequate provision of food items at the camp.

Another parent, Mrs. Ajidda Ahmed, lamented the hardship faced by the IDPs, stating that: “Both adults and children suffer from hunger; this has resulted in forcing us to eat raw onion leaves from sellers that come to the camp.

“Rainy season is about to set in and another fear is the outbreak of childhood diseases, because for the past one year, our children were not immunised and there are no water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

Bulama Gojja, leader of the camp, said they are more than 200 in number of the Shuwa-Arab stock from Marte, Marfa and Jere local governments of Borno State, and that they were forced to relocate to the camp last year as a result of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

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