NIGERIA - Scouting across Africa is changing lives and making a difference. As part of the Messengers of Peace in the Scout Association of Nigeria, the Assistant Training Commissioner Plateau State Nigeria, Mallam Ibrahim Hassan (WB) visited some internally displaced persons in a camp on 5th July 2014.
At least 57,000 people have fled their homes following sectarian violence involving Christians and Muslims in northern and central Nigeria.
The increasing number of IDPs in the country is said to have created a new challenge to all the relevant disaster management bodies in the country. The condition of the camps, according to our correspondents across the country, is said to be appalling as basic infrastructure is lacking.
Key facilities that have been stretched are source of clean water, clinic, toilets, shelter, and lack of school, food and clothing. Moreover, new babies are daily swelling the camps in tens, creating a new dimension to the barrage of challenges facing camp managers.
Mallam Ibrahim Hassan requested the IDPs to shun violence and tribalism and embrace the spirit of peace and co-existence. He donated clothes to the victims of the Wukari crisis. Wukari crisis can be likened to several other crises in Nigeria that have been difficult to understand. The underlying reasons for the violence and killings, the deep-seated animosity amongst ethnic groups and religious clusters is incomprehensible.
Scouts who accompanied the Training Commissioner set up mosquito nets in each of the rooms at the camp. For the new mothers they were not left out and received numerous basic items that are have not been provided.