INSECURITY IN NORTH EAST REGION OF NIGERIA: THE PLIGHT OF WOMEN IN THE IDP CAMPS

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu
Posted September 29, 2018 from Nigeria

INSECURITY IN NORT EAST REGION OF NIGERIA: THE PLIGHT OF WOMEN IN THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED (IDP) CAMPS 

North-Eastern part of Nigeria is under siege.  This is as a result of the terrorist activities which is still ongoing and have turned the once peaceful towns into a death trap. Frequent bombings, Kidnapping of school girls and slaughtering of people on daily basis did not only turn most young women to widows but made them flee the town for safety.  In search of a safe place most were rescued and made to stay in the Internally Displaced Camps (IDPS) across the country. On arrival at the camps, many felt they are safe not knowing that is the beginning of another ordeal. 

A visit to any of these camps will make you weep not just for these women whose legs can hardly carry their frail looking bodies but by the suffering of young children, toddlers who die in their numbers in the camps out of malnutrition.  On interviewing them, most out of fear and intimidation by those who are supposed to protect them refuse to speak.  The few who were bold to speak always chorus the same thing:

‘We are hungry and we are forced to trade our bodies for food, We are also molested on daily basis, the pregnant ones die mostly out of malnutrition and minor complications, maternal mortality is very high in this place.‘

Where then lies the security in the IDP camps in Nigeria? As many women there feel they would have been better off in the hands of the terrorist than in the IDP camps where their makeshift tents hardly protect them from rain and their predators. As a woman, the plight of these women made me lend my voice to the call for global peace and security.

 

This story was submitted in response to The Future of Security is Women .

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Tarke Edith
Sep 30, 2018
Sep 30, 2018

Hi dear
Thank you for sharing this sad story it is the same problems we are having in Cameroon sister let pray for God,s intervention

Jill Langhus
Sep 30, 2018
Sep 30, 2018

Hi Izuoma,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for sharing your very sad, but informative story. I didn't know about these camps. I'm glad you decided to share your story to spread awareness.

Are there any fundraisers or organizations that are specifically helping these girls, women, and families?

Good luck with your submission!

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

Yes we have a few International NGOs not fundraisers . However the women need as much help as they can get .

Jill Langhus
Apr 26
Apr 26

Oh, I see. I bet. Has the situation improved at all since you wrote the post, I hope?

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

Not at all as more women are currently internally displaces .

Jill Langhus
Apr 27
Apr 27

Oh no:( That's horrible. How can we help?

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

You can partner with Local or International NGOs that deal with Women matters in Nigeria if you wish to provide aids to these women .You can have a worldpulse member monitor them.

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

I know WOTCLEF ,Action Against Poverty and some other Local NGOs that get to grassroot and where these IDPs are located in Nigeria.

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

You may also visit Nigeria if you want to at least visit the IDP camps within the Federal Capital Territory .

Jill Langhus
Apr 27
Apr 27

Okay, thanks for the suggestions, dear.

Olutosin
Sep 30, 2018
Sep 30, 2018

Thank you for shedding more light on this issue, I visited some IDPs in Jos, its same story, very sad.

Ngwa Damaris
Dec 08, 2018
Dec 08, 2018

How sad !!! Something needs to be done and these women need organizations to help them and mentor them on how to stay safe during this period.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Feb 22
Feb 22

Dear Sis
This is a very touching story.This is the same with us in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.I hope we are safe one day
Love and courage
Veronica
Cameroon

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

What is the Cameroon Government doing about this?

Beth Lacey
Mar 07
Mar 07

It is so sad that this situation exists and even sadder that you are now connected with someone from another country who sees the same problem

Colleen Abdoulah
Apr 08
Apr 08

Oh my goodness this is heartbreaking. While some of us have so much and to hear about what our sisters are going through. It is horrid how many women have to ‘trade their bodies’ For food!! It is not right. This is such an injustice. What can women around the globe who are not in these camps do for our sisters?

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

Thank you for your kind words .We can donate food, clothing's to these vulnerable women that will help mitigate their suffering.

Urmila Chanam
Apr 13
Apr 13

Dear Izuoma,
You have captured the vulnerability and risk of women and children very accurately; in transit, catastrophe, war, conflict and riot they suffer the most. When the country is suffering from broken down governance and lawlessness, who and which agency will protect human rights?
Love and prayers from India
Urmila Chanam

Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

Sorry this is coming later than expected. But we have security agencies and a National Human Right Commission .The Judiciary is also not left out . But it is saddening that those who are supposed to protect human rights violate human rights, making the women in the IDP vulnerable to rape and all inhuman treatment .