UN Laments IDPs’ Fate

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has called for urgent assistance for 8,000 Internally Displaced Persons in Monguno town, Borno State, who sleep in the open after a fire incident.

The UN agency said the affected IDPs also lacked food and household items as the fire destroyed most of their belongings.

According to a statement received by the agency, the UNOCHA Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, expressed worry on the fire incident in the camp, noting that it burnt over 900 temporary shelters.

He confirmed that three persons, two children and one elderly woman, were killed in the inferno, which occurred on Thursday.

He said, “Nearly 8,000 IDPs in the camp, who have been living in extremely overcrowded conditions, are affected, scrambling to find shelter and forced to sleep out in the open. The humanitarian community stands in solidarity with those affected. It is imperative to immediately identify additional land to build new shelters for the displaced people and decongest existing camps.”

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