From: Cephas Iorhemen, Makurdi
At least 69 new born babies delivered at Abagena, one of the eight Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Benue State, whose parents were affected by militant herdsmen attacks, are presently wallowing in penury in the camps.
Also, no fewer than three marriages have been registered in the camp since the outbreak of the attack and invasion of the now deserted communities.
Manager of the Abagena camp located along Makurdi-Lafia road, Mr. James Iorkyaa, disclosed this to journalists during a visit to assess the level of devastation and deprivation the attack has caused the displaced persons.
Iorkyaa said the new births and their mothers are adequately taken care of by Non-governmental organisations like Doctors Without Borders and the state Ministry of Health through constant supply of drugs, a situation he said has helped to prevent the outbreak of child-killer diseases.
“We have recorded 69 births from 2018 in the wake of the herders’ men attacks till date, while number of deaths of those in camp is 41within the same period,” he said.
Iorkyaa disclosed that three years after the herders’ men attacked the people and rendered them homeless, it is still practically unsafe for the victims to return to their ancestral homes as the insurgents are still occupying their homes in Guma local government area of the state.
The IDP camp manager discountenanced calls for the withdrawal of troops of the Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) because the villages are still not safe to do so.