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Nigerian refugee agency organizes New Year party for IDP children in Abuja

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National Commission For Refugees, Migrants And Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, on Tuesday, organized a new year party for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs at the Malaysian Garden camp in Abuja.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the party, themed: ‘Psycho-social therapy through play among IDPs population’ witnessed a donation of shoes, food flasks and other school items to the IDPs.

The NCFRMI National Commissioner, Bashir Mohammed, who was represented at the party, said the event was organized with a view to improving the physical and emotional well-being of the IDPs.

According to him, over 1.4million Nigerian children are displaced, hence the need to see to their well-being and integration.

”Consequently, as part of the Commission’s efforts to ensure that psycho-social support is provided for our persons of concern with the view of balancing their mental and physical well- being, we strive to provide a holistic approach which encompasses psycho-social programming in all our interventions,” he said.

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Mr Mohammed, therefore, called on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to extend their cooperate social responsibilities, CSR, to the cause of these vulnerable groups within our communities.

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“No meaningful action towards their reintegration into the society is little,” he said.

Also speaking at the party, the Deputy Director of IDPs at the NCFRMI, Fatima Mamman-Daura, stressed that the party was aimed at encouraging the children to have fun, thereby improving their emotional, mental and physical well-being.

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“It is a tradition in the commission to celebrate annual party with the IDP children.

“So, this year we have chosen Malaysia Garden IDP camp, as most of the displaced children were from north east.

“We are here to let the children have fun, because they have seen horrific acts of violence and had been displaced for years,” Mrs Mamman-Daura said.

In his reaction, the chairman of the camp, Chokule Lawal, expressed his gratitude to the commission for throwing out a party of that magnitude to the IDPs.

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The chairman, however, called on the government, other spirited individuals and organisations to come to their aid in terms of provision of basic amenities to their camps.

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“I am calling on the government to, at least, look into this IDP problems. It will surprise you to know that between Abuja to Nasarawa State there are more than 33 IDP camps that have never got a visit from a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, or any government agency since 2014.

“In these camps, we need help especially water, food items and education. Most of the camps did not have schools.

“So many parents in these IDPs cannot afford school fees for their children, because they are jobless and always busy scouting for food,” Mr Lawal lamented.

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